Saturday, June 21, 2008

Giants Rookies transitions to 2nd year players

The Giants success last year was largely contributed to by rookies. As these rookies now become 2nd year players some of them could see increased role's in the locker room and in the field.

Aaron Ross showed last year his toughness as well as his cover skills. Ross can one day be an elite CB in this league, along with Corey Webster they could be what earlier in the decade the Giants wanted with Will Peterson, William James ( the former Will Allen). Ross will help to try and shut down WR like TO, Santana Moss and whoever the Eagles elite WR is. Overall this year I look for Ross to take a higher role in the team leadership, especially on the defensive side of the field.

Steve Smith the Giants 2nd round pick in 07 showed that he is an absolute gamer. He will be the reciever who on 3rd and 7 will get you 8. Smith will be the 3rd WR behind the disgruntled Burress and Toomer. Smith had 4 of his 5 catches for first downs in the Super Bowl. Look for Smith in a full season to maybe catch around 50 balls for the season.

Ahmad Bradshaw, I have mentioned his off the field problems but he has talent. Just turn on the tape, he has all of the tools to be a successful RB in this league. He average over 5 YPC in the season/post-season. He will be a regular in the backfield along with Brandon Jacobs for 2008. Look for his numbers to be around 150 carries, 700 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Kevin Boss, to be honest is a physical monster, at 6'7 over 260 pounds. He will see a lot more playing time this year because he showed he can play and stretch the field even if Shockey is playing. I look to see him catch 30 balls and maybe 4 touchdowns.

The bottom line is this, you win championships though building up your team through the draft, having players develop. Jerry Reese under the tutelidge of Ernie Acoursi became one of the best talent evaluators at the college level. These players showed signs that they could be starters for the next 10 years but they must improve.

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