The New York Giants are beginning to ramp up preparations for an eventful offseason, as there will undoubtedly be more major salary cap motivated transactions to come. However, as head coach Tom Coughlin pointed out in his press conference today, there is a lot more news surrounding this team than just roster moves.
Today, Coughlin revealed that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had arthoscopic knee surgery and that his "eyes are big and bright again." Obviously, that bodes well for Nicks' recovery and the prospects of him returning to form in 2013. The Giants lack of a consistent offense in 2012 was in large part due to Hakeem Nicks' week two knee injury that plagued him for the majority of the season. If he can return healthy next season, we will see a much more productive offensive attack in 2013.
Center David Baas also received surgery; however, Coughlin would not say how extensive the procedure(s) was or where it took place. Baas played in all 16 games this season, so it's unclear what was specifically ailing him. However, it's difficult to imagine that he could have played through a major injury and not miss any time. It's likely that he received a minor procedure to correct a minor issue that will heal in plenty of time for him to be ready for the beginning of training camp.
Surgeries aside, this was the first time in which Coughlin has spoken publicly since the team cut Ahmad Bradshaw, Michael Boley and Chris Canty. Coughlin said he was sad to see the team let go of so many contributors.
"We're not happy about any [of the cuts]. As a coach, I don't want to see anyone go. I want to wrap my arms around them and see them play forever," Coughlin said.
Unfortunately, Father Time eventually takes his toll on everyone. It only took Bradshaw six seasons to start showing serious signs of decline and a lack of ability to stay healthy. Regardless, the team is going to need a new starting running back in 2013. Coughlin addresses the situation by saying that David WIlson, Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott will all have an opportunity to compete for the spot.
Overall, Coughlin touched on a multitude of topics that need to be addressed as the offseason progresses. There are still several question marks on the roster in terms of depth, contracts that need to be restructured and draft needs. The team still has a long way to go before training camp arrives, and the Giants have a significant to-do list to take care between now and then.
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