2012 New York Giants Team Preview: Are the Giants in Position to Repeat as Champs?

2012 New York Giants Team Preview: Are the Giants in Position to Repeat as Champs?

This article is part of our Team Previews series.

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE

Seeing as the Giants just won their second Super Bowl in five years, the overall state of the franchise is good. Eli Manning has emerged as one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks and the team returns its top two play-making wide receivers in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, though it's worth noting that the latter is recovering from a May foot procedure.

The defense fared poorly during the regular season, but came together in the playoffs with vastly improved secondary play. Corey Webster is a solid cover corner, and Terrell Thomas should be back after missing the season with a torn ACL. Moreover, last year's first-round pick, Prince Amukamara, missed much of the season with a foot injury and was not a major factor down the stretch. As such, the Giants were set to add two potentially difference-making corners as well as last year's second-round pick, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who missed 2011 with a torn pectoral muscle, before they made a single 2012 draft pick.

In the draft, they tabbed speedy, versatile back David Wilson, who should split time with Ahmad Bradshaw and help replace the departed Brandon Jacobs. They also added receiver Rueben Randle who will vie to replace the departed Mario Manningham as well as provide insurance in the event that Nicks suffers any setbacks with his foot.

Aside from the passing game, the Giants' biggest strength is their defensive line anchored by rising superstar Jason Pierre-Paul (16.5

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