On the other side of town, the ‘Clueless’ New York Giants have watched Kevin Boss, Barry Cofield and Steve Smith leave via free agency. The Giants have only added center, David Baas from the 49ers to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Losing two of Eli’s favorite receiving weapons and essentially rebuilding the offensive line will leave many key questions on offense. On defense, the Giants haven’t addressed their linebacking core and watched Osi and Prince go down with injuries.
In my mind, the loss of Kevin Boss is absolutely inexcusable. Boss has averaged 550 yards and 5 TDs over the last two seasons, providing Eli with a great red zone target. The emergence of Hakeem Nicks has definitely helped in the red zone, but Boss drew cover and the Giants will try to replace that production with Travis Beckum, who has 21 career receptions.
I’m not losing sleep over Steve Smith leaving for Philadelphia. Eli still set career highs in completions and touchdown passes last season with Smith had 48 catches in nine game last year before suffering a knee injury. Expect Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to be key cogs in the passing game with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs sprinkled in.
The NFC East is going to be one of the toughest divisions in football. The Eagles have reloaded and the Cowboys are finally healthy. Do I think the Giants are a playoff team right now? I don’t, but things happen. If the Giants front seven can finally start playing together, I think they’ll have some success. Will that be enough to compensate for Jerry Reese’s ‘clueless’ off-season? Only time will tell.