Our preview of the Detroit Lions’ 2013 opponents concludes with their opponent in week 16, the New York Giants. I got together with Joe Tufaro of GMEN HQ to get his perspective on the Giants’ preparations for the 2013 season for a quick Q&A.
1. How would you assess the team’s offseason? Did they do what they needed to do through the draft and free agency?
The Giants didn’t need to do much in the off-season except sign Victor Cruz and get guys healthy. They did make some moves to add some speed to the team in Louis Murphy and Brandon Myers. Their off-season was uneventful and professional as always.
2. Which Rookie are you most excited to see play in 2013 and why?
The rookie I want to see make an impact is Damontre Moore DE out of Texas A&M. At 6’5″ 250 he will be used on passing downs and I am excited to see him progress into a starter for this team.
3. What is the biggest question that still needs to be answered heading into training camp?
The biggest question for the Giants is what will the O-Line look like. First round draft pick Justin Pugh has played all 5 positions and gives them plenty of versatility. A line of Beatty, Boothe, Baas, Snee, and Pugh is possible, but the right side is up for grabs and plenty of combinations are possible. This will be the story of training camp.
4. What are your expectations for the team in 2013?
The Giants played the toughest schedule in the NFL last season and missed the playoffs on the final weekend. This year they certainly face competition, but might have an easier road. WIth the offensive dynamics of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Reuben Randle, and a group of Tight Ends with varying skills coupled with the explosive David Wilson at running back all being led by Eli Manning the Giants should be in every game. The defense is being re-worked from the front back and the addition of Dan Connor should help. I look for a return trip to the playoffs.
5. Right here, right now, are you marking down the game against the Lions as a win, loss or toss-up?
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