With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here’s a starting lineup projection for the New York Giants:
OFFENSE (PRIMARY FORMATION: ONE RB, THREE WRs)
QB: Eli Manning: The 36-year-old is looking for a bounce-back season and has some new weapons at his disposal. No excuses.
RB: Paul Perkins: Coach Ben McAdoo has already earmarked this job for Perkins, who showed flashes during his rookie season.
LT: Ereck Flowers: The Giants are sticking with the youngster (for now) despite a rough 2016 season.
LG: Justin Pugh: He’s looking for a healthy season, especially entering a contract year.
C: Weston Richburg: He’s entrenched as the starting center and as the leader of this often embattled offensive line.
RG: John Jerry: The Giants signed him to a three-year, $10 million deal this offseason to be their starting right guard, even if he will face competition.
RT: Bobby Hart: He lost his job late last season and will face competition from the newly-signed D.J. Fluker as the Giants throw everyone into a pot and see which combination looks best.
TE: Evan Engram: The Giants invested heavily in the first-round pick, even if he will share time with Rhett Ellison, Will Tye or whoever else is in the tight end mix.
WR: Odell Beckham Jr.: He’s still the best player on this Giants roster with three Pro Bowl selections in three professional seasons.
WR: Brandon Marshall: The offseason acquisition gives the Giants a big-bodied receiver and red-zone threat they needed.
WR: Sterling Shepard: He showed promise as the slot receiver in his rookie season by catching eight touchdown passes.