The 2017 NFL season seems far away, but five months can go by very quickly. Once we’ve arrived you’ll want to know which New York Giants players to look out for. More specifically, you will yearn to know which Giants players have a chance to take the next step in the 2017 season. These are the top five Giants most primed for breakout seasons.
1. RB Paul Perkins
Perkins sat behind incumbent starter Rashad Jennings for a majority of the 2016 season but heated up towards the end of the season as he got more touches. Perkins amassed 337 total yards in his last five games (including playoffs). During his only start of the season, he gathered up 102 yards rushing off 21 carries, which would end up being the only 100+ yard rushing performance by a NYG running back the entire season. Perkins is heading into this year as the assumed starter with Jennings having been released. He has a wide open opportunity to shine.
2. OT Ereck Flowers
Surprised? Don’t be. Flowers hasn’t exactly had the greatest time through his first two NFL seasons, but given he was thrown into the fire at the hardest offensive line position to master, this should have been expected. Year three should go much smoother for the highly criticized offensive tackle. There have been reports that Flowers has ramped up his training, and many are very optimistic about next season for him.
3. LB Devon Kennard
Kennard is already a solid starter, but there’s a chance he could experience a jump in performance in the key fourth year of his rookie contract. Year four is often the most crucial for prospects hitting free agency looking for a payday. Kennard will look to be a versatile threat at linebacker in 2017.
4. S Darian Thompson
Coaches had rave reviews for Thompson heading into the 2016 season, lauding his range and coverage ability. But an injury ended his season early. The safety spot next to Landon Collins is wide open right now, so Thompson will have to compete with Andrew Adams for snaps. If Thompson gets named starter at free safety, he could make this Giants secondary the best seen in a while.
5. DT Jay Bromley
Another 2014 draft pick, Bromley has a lot to prove for the Giants to keep him on the roster long-term. He will have an expanded role now that Johnathan Hankins is gone, and the team expects him to contribute. Hopefully, Bromley develops into the pass rushing 3-technique New York has been looking to pair with Damon Harrison.