Giants.com looks at the top five of those questions heading into OTAs.
1. What is Ben McAdoo like (and what does he like)? After being a tight ends (2006-2011) and quarterbacks (2012-2013) coach in Green Bay, McAdoo earned the promotion to offensive coordinator for the New York Giants this season. Hired in January following the retirement of Kevin Gilbride, McAdoo will be the first new coordinator for Eli Manning and the Giants since 2007. And with McAdoo, there comes a new system. From the beginning, he stressed fundamentals, and throughout the offseason program, we picked up pieces of what the offense could look like. We’ve heard West Coast, up-tempo, power running, etc. Time to see it evolve on the practice field.
2. Who’s healthy? From Manning to Will Beatty, Chris Snee, Stevie Brown, Jason Pierre-Paul and others, the Giants have key players returning from injuries. Like the rest of the NFL, this is the time teams can gauge how far along players are in their rehab processes while seeing how they react to live practices. Note: there is no live contact permitted in OTAs.
3. What does the offensive line look like? It was the main question coming out of the 2013 season and will continue to be a main storyline through the summer and into the 2014 season. While we can’t get too caught up in configurations because of players like Beatty coming back from injury and the fact the Giants stress versatility, we’ll start to see the plan for mixing in the new players. In addition to drafting center Weston Richburg, the Giants added veterans in free agency, including Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Charles Brown, and John Jerry. Let’s see how they get worked in with returning players like Justin Pugh, Dallas Reynolds, Brandon Mosley, Eric Herman, and James Brewer.
4. Who’s starting at tight end? First off, we need to find out how McAdoo, a former coach at the position, will utilize his tight ends. Secondly, let the competition begin. Returning are Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell, while the team added veterans Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells in free agency. The Giants also signed Xavier Grimble, an undrafted rookie free agent. Everyone will have their eyes on the tight ends this summer.
5. How are all the pieces coming together? Players have joked about sessions in the weight room being like a meet-and-greet. It’s true to an extent. The Giants had one of the most active offseasons in terms of personnel this year and parted ways with former leaders and starters like Justin Tuck, Kevin Boothe, Hakeem Nicks, and Linval Joseph. The revamped Giants will have a new identity this season. Let’s see what emerges.