NFL training camps are winding down and the preseason is in full force. So what do we expect from the New York Giants in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We have looked at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the New York Giants in 2017?

It was a return to the postseason for Big Blue this past year. In his first season as an NFL head coach, Ben McAdoo led the New York Giants to 11 wins. That includes a sweep of the division champion Dallas Cowboys. But while the team was piling up victories, it was due mainly to a defensive unit that allowed only 25 offensive touchdowns in 16 regular-season contests.

Veteran quarterback Eli Manning saw his numbers suffer this past year. His own erratic play, combined with the lack of support from the running game, saw this team struggle to put the ball in the end zone. Including the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Giants failed to score at least 30 points in any game in 2016.

Along with Odelll Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, Manning now has wide receiver Brandon Marshall and rookie tight end Evan Engram to throw to. But the team needs second-year running back Paul Perkins and struggling left tackle Ereck Flowers to step up for different reasons this fall.

Led by a secondary that includes safety Landon Collins and cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins, New York’s defense is formidable once again. Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon pace the pass rush, while defensive tackle Damon Harrison “snacks” on opposing running backs.

Summation:

Yes, the New York Giants returned to the playoffs this past season for the first time since winning it all back in 2011. The defense, led by a fearsome secondary, has rebounded from a few down years. The pass rush was adequate despite not piling up a ton of sacks. But there’s still concerns regarding the offense and the lack of balance. And all of New York’s division rivals made strides on defense this offseason.

Expect a bit of a letdown for this club. That is, unless the Giants discover a ground attack to take some pressure off Manning. But that looks iffy at the moment. And this looks more like a club closer to the NFC East basement than the top spot.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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