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New York Giants: 2014 NFL season key additions

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants talks with Michael Strahan prior to the start of the game against the Buffalo Bills at the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Canton, Ohio.
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 3: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants talks with Michael Strahan prior to the start of the game against the Buffalo Bills at the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2014 in Canton, Ohio.
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New York Giants had a season in 2013 that they probably would like to forget and erase from the record books. The offense was pretty inept at times running or passing the ball. Quarterback Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions with only 18 touchdowns on 57 percent pass completions. Manning can't take all of the blame. The offensive line didn't do a solid job in pass protection or run blocking. Head coach Tom Coughlin and staff need to correct the offensive struggles in 2014 for the Giants to be a playoff contender. New York has some solid skill position players such as Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, and Rashad Jennings to build around.

Defensive end Justin Tuck signed with the Oakland Raiders via free agency and will be missed especially his leadership and championship caliber attitude. The defense was hit by the injury bug last season and needs some good fortunes in the defensive front in 2014 to be a solid unit. Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka can be disruptive edge rushers when they are on top of their game. The linebackers as a unit will be instrumental in regards to the defense being top notch or mediocre. Prince Amukamara and Antrel Rolle lead the secondary. Below you will see who can help the Giants put their ship back on the right path.

Odell Beckham Jr. - wide receiver
Odell Beckham Jr. - wide receiver Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr. - wide receiver

Odell Beckham Jr. will add another talented pass catcher to the Giants receiving corps. Hakeem Nicks is no longer on the team so Beckham will get plenty of opportunities to fill the void left by Nicks. Beckham was the Giants first round selection in this year's NFL Draft and has a nice speed/burst combination. He needs to be more consistent with his hands and focus on making the catch first before making a move. He excels in the kick return game with his vision and ability to burst through a hole quickly.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - cornerback
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - cornerback Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - cornerback

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will bring much needed man coverage skills to the Giants secondary. He played very well for the Denver Broncos in 2013. He has the speed, length, and foot quickness to cover the bigger receivers as well as the shorter quicker guys. Cromartie paired with Prince Amukamara will give New York two corners who can cover man to man on the boundaries. This will give the Giants more scheme versatility defensively.

Ben McAdoo - offensive coordinator
Ben McAdoo - offensive coordinator Handout/Getty Images

Ben McAdoo - offensive coordinator

Ben McAdoo will be the new offensive coordinator for the 2014 season. He was formerly the quarterback coach for the Green Bay Packers. McAdoo will bring some elements of the west coast offense to New York. Eli Manning and the offense had problems last year protecting the ball which contributed heavily to the offense going into a slump. McAdoo should help Manning get back to the fundamentals and making better decisions with the ball. The hiring of McAdoo could be the single biggest reason the offense turns things around in 2014.

Andre Williams - runningback
Andre Williams - runningback Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Andre Williams - runningback

Andre Williams was drafted to add much needed depth to the running back position. he is a hard-nosed physical grind it out type runner. He has enough speed to bounce it outside and turn the corner, but lacks explosive speed to be a consistent home run threat. Unfortunately his teammate David Wilson retired recently because of an career ending type of injury. Williams now finds himself smack dab in the middle of a battle for the starting tailback role. He has the build to be an every down runningback. He needs work on his pass protection and also become a better pass catcher out of the back field. Williams could very well be the best 2014 draft pick the Giants made.