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NFL.com names Giants roster one of league's most talented

Posted May 31, 2016

NFL.com ranked the Giants’ roster at No. 9 among the most talented in the NFL:


General manager Jerry Reese and company went into free agency hoping to find help to improve the defense.

They got just that.

Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins headlined a major haul in free agency to go along with the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul, a cornerstone of the team’s last Super Bowl run. And seeing what the Giants have coming back on the other side of the ball with Pro Bowlers Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., the roster could prove to be one of the best this season.

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In fact, NFL.com recently ranked the Giants’ roster at No. 9 among the most talented in the NFL. Seattle took the top spot while Denver and Carolina, last season’s Super Bowl participants, also finished in the top five.

“The acquisitions of Harrison, Vernon and Jenkins immediately upgrade the playmaking potential of the defense,” said Bucky Brooks, a former NFL player and scout for the Seahawks and Panthers. “With Pierre-Paul poised to bounce back from a subpar season following his self-inflicted hand injury and [Dominique] Rodgers-Cromartie regarded as a premier cover corner, the Big Blue defense could return to the ranks of the elite this season.

“Offensively, the combination of Manning and Beckham strikes fear in the hearts of defensive coordinators around the NFL. If the Giants get any contributions from Victor Cruz and/or Sterling Shepard opposite OBJ, this offense will be a problem for opponents down the stretch.”

Brooks broke down the top rosters by the number of blue chips, a list that includes seven Giants: Manning, Beckham, Harrison, Pierre-Paul, Vernon, Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins. The current analyst also named third-year center Weston Richburg as a “riser” to watch in 2016.

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“The process of building a championship roster requires a team to excel in two key areas: player acquisition and player development,” said Brooks, who did not take rookies into consideration for the NFL.com list. “General managers and coaches must work together to target the right guys for the schemes utilized on each side of the ball. And then -- most crucially -- they must map out a plan to help each player refine his skills to shine within the scheme. When I worked as a scout for the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, I discovered that championship teams usually have around eight to 10 blue-chip players on the roster. These guys typically rank among the top players in the NFL at their respective positions.”

NFL.COM’S TOP 10 MOST TALENTED TEAMS

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Denver Broncos
5. Minnesota Vikings
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. New York Giants
10. Dallas Cowboys