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The Banner’s Jets and Giants’ Preview

Season Looks Brighter for Giants, Jets Lockjawed

By Justine Carucci

On the New York Giants front, Steve Spagnuolo has returned for his second stint with the team after putting together a championship-worthy defense in 2007.

Spagnuolo has his work cut out for him this season as Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck are gone, figuring out Jason Pierre Paul’s medical condition, and whether Jon Beason will have an injury-free season once and for all.

Defensive End Jason Pierre Paul suffered a severe injury in July when he had his index finger amputated after an incident with fireworks.

New York Giants doctors have yet to see him or obtain any significant information on his injury.

“The biggest concern is we don’t know what the extent of the injury is,” Mara said in an interview with New York Daily News. “When he shows up, we’ll evaluate him. We’ve been led all along to believe by his people he’ll be able to play this year.”

If Paul comes back to sign his $14.8 million contract, he could be placed on the team’s Physically Unable to Play list, leaving him without a paycheck or playing time.

The Giants can retract their offer, but that seems unlikely with Paul’s 12.5 sacs in the 2014 season.

This situation is a delicate one for everyone involved.

“Until he’s back, we’ll focus on the guys we have,” Spagnuolo told the New York Daily News on Monday.

On the other side of the ball, seeing what Odell Beckham Jr. has in store for the team, after an outstanding rookie season, has the league buzzing.

Beckham, with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 catches in 2014 will face less coverage with Victor Cruz having a healthy season.

Two big threats on the outside will make Quarterback Eli Manning’s job that much easier.

The 2015 offseason for the Jets has been nothing short of dramatic. The arrest of Sheldon Richardson led off the team’s string of comical headline mishaps.

Already facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Richardson was apprehended by police after being clocked at 143 mph.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the car that held a 12-year-old child and a loaded handgun also reeked of marijuana.

So much for that promise he made to his team of not being mentioned in the news again.

In a dispute over a $600 plane ticket, IK Enemkpali “sucker punched” starting Quarterback Geno Smith. The punch left Smith with a mangled jaw, unable to play for six to ten weeks.

Former Jets coach, Rex Ryan, was more than willing to pick up Enemkpali the moment the Jets cut him for his ludicrous behavior in the locker room. This debacle leaves Ryan Fitzpatrick front and center.

Under first year Head Coach Todd Bowles, Fitzpatrick will have two big targets on the outside, Eric Decker and newest addition, Brandon Marshall.

Wide receivers are a crucial part of Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey’s system, which likes to work out of spread formations.

The strong front seven of the Jets’ defense will be backed by a revamped secondary.

Familiar faces, 2014 Super Bowl winner Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, head the unit as the team also added former San Diego Charger Marcus Gilchrist, who will be playing safety this season.

In typical Jets fashion, the defense is geared up to carry most of the weight and alleviate some pressure from the fairly new offense.

 

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