With much less cap room than 2016, Jerry Reese did a masterful job of retooling this playoff caliber team. They still have cap room for one more mid-range signing but the bulk of the key offseason needs were addressed.
Starting QB Eli Manning is heading into the twilight of his career as he seeks another Super Bowl appearance. QB Geno Smith was signed as a veteran backup to compete with QB Josh Johnson. QB Ryan Nassib was released due to injury.
The running back corps currently consists of RB Paul Perkins, RB Shane Vereen, RB Shaun Draughn and RB Orleans Darkwa. This position will be further bolstered by a deep draft class. I don’t see any big free agent signings here…sorry AP!
Veteran WR Brandon Marshall took a pay cut to come over and be the #2 receiver in this offense. He will open things up tremendously for Eli, WR OBJ, and WR Sterling Shepard as a big target over the middle. Longtime WR Victor Cruz was released in a financial & performance move…he just doesn’t have any gas left in the tank.
The tight end group is a work in progress with young TE Jerrell Adams, TE Will Tye and newly signed TE Rhett Ellison. All three are likely to make the roster at this point as they have different skill sets.
The offensive line is still the weakest link on the team but it has been partially addressed via free agency. More to come in the upcoming draft.
The much heralded defense under DC Steve Spagnuolo might only lose one starter DT Johnathan Hankins. Otherwise, DE JPP is back with a new 4 year deal and should create havoc opposite DE Olivier Vernon. The secondary continues to be a strength. The linebacking corps looks to continue evolving and improving.
That’s it for now. More to come in April after the draft….