The Odell Beckham Jr.-Josh Norman matchup was billed as the showdown of the season. It didn't disappoint, but Beckham's antics during the game against the Panthers sure did disappoint Giants fans. Beckham received a one-game suspension, and was out for the Giants' must-win game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants would lose the game without Beckham 49-17.
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Will Tye went undrafted in the 2015 draft. The Giants signed the tight end to a free-agent deal, but cut him by September. A week later, he came to the Giants' practice squad, and worked his way up to the starting lineup. Tye finished with 42 receptions, the fourth most by a Giants pass-catcher this season, to go with 464 yards and three touchdowns. Tye emerged as a solid receiving tight-end option seemingly out of no where.
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In Week 12, Odell Beckham Jr. once again found himself at the very top of every highlight reel. Down 20-7 in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins, Eli Manning lobbed a pass in Beckham's direction in the corner of the endzone. Beckham dove for yet another one-handed catch.
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In Week 15, the New York Giants found themselves in a must-win game against the NFL's top team, the Carolina Panthers. In what would end up being an ugly game, as Odell Beckham Jr. would eventually end up with a one-game suspension after several different on-field antics, the Giants ended up losing a nailbitter. Down 35-14 heading into the fourth quarter, the Giants would storm back with three touchdowns to tie the game. But with just seconds remaining on the clock, Panthers kicker Graham Gano would nail a 43-yard field goal for the win.
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Odell Beckham Jr. showed everyone that he is now the top wide receiver in the NFL. With 96 receptions, 1,450 yards and 13 scores, Beckham has set the new standard of an elite wide receiver. No player in NFL history has caught for yards (2,755) in their first two seasons.
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Best offseason aquisition
When Dwayne Harris signed a five-year, $17.5 million deal with the Giants this season, a lot of people thought it was an overspend. After all, Harris only had 418 yards receiving in three years with the Dallas Cowboys. But Harris emerged as not only a secondary receiver for the Giants, but as a great special-teams returner. Harris finished with 396 yards receiving and four touchdowns, and added a punt-return touchdown and a kick-return touchdown, completely revamping New York's special teams.
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The Giants' run game was supposed to be relatively weak, and while Rashad Jennings' numbers won't blow you out of the water, they were certainly far better than expected. The 30-year-old back set a career single-season high in rushing yards with 863, and ran for two scores on the year. His 4.4 yards per carry was .6 more than last season.
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The entire New York Giants' secondary was dreadful this year. As a team, they surrendered 298.9 yards of passing offense, good for dead last in the NFL. They allowed 31 passing touchdowns, fifth-worst in the NFL. They were incredibly beatable all season, no matter who was out there.