LAST YEAR: After missing playoffs for fourth straight year, Tom Coughlin and team agreed to part ways. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was promoted to head coach and Steve Spagnuolo kept as defensive coordinator. QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. give offense big-strike capability, but they need help. Front office bought Spagnuolo a defense in offseason, re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul and adding end Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison, linebacker Keenan Robinson and cornerback Janoris Jenkins through free agency.
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IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: DE Vernon, DT Harrison, CB Jenkins, LB Robinson, CB Eli Apple and WR Sterling Shepard.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: CB Prince Amukamara, WR Rueben Randle, DE Robert Ayers, DT Markus Kuhn, S Brandon Meriweather, G Geoff Schwartz, LB Jon Beason.
CAMP NEEDS: LT Ereck Flowers and offensive line need to establish running game to make offense consistent. Find receiver to play opposite Beckham. Defense needs to mesh all those new pieces, get JPP closer to what he was before fireworks accident in 2015 and find someone to cover players coming out of backfield.
EXPECTATIONS: If all that money spent on defense pays off, Giants might have bought way back into playoffs. Much is expected of Apple and Shepard, Giants' top two draft picks. Apple is expected to be at least nickel cornerback and Shepard has potential to be another playmaker at wide receiver. Veteran Victor Cruz remains question mark after playing in only six games over past two seasons because of injuries.
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