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New York Giants are better than last year’s team

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New York Giants are better than last year’s team


The New York Giants are widely viewed as one of the worst teams in all of football with precious few believing they can turn their fortunes around in 2019.

That’s the narrative. That’s the perception. But inside Big Blue’s locker room, there’s a different feel; there’s optimism and a belief that this season is going end on a much higher note than the previous two.

“I feel like we are a better football team right now, and this is a team sport,” head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters on Monday.

The Giants are arguably less talented, having traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns, allowed safety Landon Collins to walk out the door and parted way with several other big-name talents. But like Shurmur, the players are buying into the reasons for optimism.

“We are a better team than we were at this point last year. Last year was a new a year for everybody. It took a little time for everybody to get going the right way. This year I thought we attacked OTAs really well and the summer really well. Now we just have to continue to attack the season as well as we did in the offseason,” defensive captain Alec Ogletree said.

But with less superstar talent, what makes the Giants think they are a better all-around team?

“We don’t really listen to the talk outside. We feel like we are a better team than we were a year ago, we just have to go out and perform. We know we are at the stage of our year where winning football games is what it’s all about and so that’s where we’re at,” Shurmur said.

“I like the way we have built our team. I like some of the changes we made personnel wise. I also feel like the second year in our system we are smoother in how we operate. That’s why I think, I don’t care what everybody outside thinks.”

The players do look substantially more comfortable in the system going into Year 2, and some of the personnel moves have added to areas of weakness, but they’ve also weakened areas of strength.

In order to improve upon their last-place finish from a season ago, the Giants will need to avoid costly injuries that give way to their lack of depth, and the guys at the top — namely quarterback Eli Manning — have to pick up the slack and make things happen.

Can they do it? Of course they can, but the real question is, will they?

Pat Shurmur: Giants are better than last year's team