Season openers always have a big game feel but the start of the Detroit Lions’s 2014 season takes that to the next level. The New York Giants head to Ford Field for a week one showdown on Monday Night Football.
To get a feel for the Giants side of the preparations for the 2014 season, I got together with Adam Ganeles of GMEN HQ for a Q&A. Here are my questions followed by his answers.
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 stepped out of organizational character this offseason by taking a hyperactive approach to the free agency period. They added 14 new faces, predominantly beefing up the secondary and depth along the offensive line. It’s difficult to argue that they haven’t dramatically improved the on-field product. We’ll find out just how much in less than two months."
2. Which Rookie are you most excited to see play in 2014 and why?
"It’s the “Captain Obvious” answer, but Odell Beckham Jr. is the guy. OBJ can hit every mark on the route tree and he attacks the football fearlessly despite his 5’11 frame. He’s got stick um hands and works back to his quarterback like a veteran. Think taller and more physically imposing Steve Smith (Baltimore)."
3. What is the biggest question that still needs to be answered heading into training camp?
"Who will protect Eli Manning? FA Geoff Schwartz and Justin Pugh are the only secure names along the OL. I’m a firm believer that Chris Snee will never play another down, which means rookie Weston Richburg could be thrown directly into the fire. Is Will Beatty healthy enough/competent enough to serve as blindside protector? Questions abound…"
4. What are your expectations for the team in 2014?
"The Giants are dramatically improved — on paper. However, with plenty of concerns on both lines, expectations need to be tempered. Vegas has set their win total at 8, and I think that number is right on the money. If everything clicks, they have the depth of talent at key positions to be a 10-win squad."
5. Right here, right now, are you marking down the game against the Lions as a win, loss or toss-up?
"The Lions have added weaponry on the outside and are desperately seeking revenge. Plus a hostile, domed environment on opening night… if the Giants are within one score in the 4th quarter I’d be surprised. This is an L."
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