Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/11/12
The World Champion New York Giants have not done anything over the top this offseason, but have done enough to not be completely forgotten. Despite winning on the grandest stage of them all, the Giants still have room for improvement. They finished 9-7 (should have been 8-8), barely making the playoffs.

New York had three notable losses during the free agency period. Super Bowl “hero” Mario Manningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers, defensive back Aaron Ross signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and running back Brandon Jacobs was released.

Several players, including defensive back Terrell Thomas, re-signed with the team, while Martellus Bennett was the only major free agent signing that the Giants made.

The draft is now over and New York did a solid job filling most of their needs. Now that the off-season’s two major events have come to a close, it is time to take a look at who the projected starters will be for the G-Men.

Offense
Quarterback: Eli Manning

Beginning with the offense, if Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is not the starting quarterback going into training camp then the world is officially coming to an end. David Carr and Ryan Perrilloux are not exactly threats to take his spot, either.

Running back: Ahmad Bradshaw

Although I love the David Wilson pick and think he could be a great back in this league, Ahmad Bradshaw should and more than likely will be the starter on opening day. Expect Bradshaw to get most of the carries for the first few weeks as it will take Wilson a bit of time to get used to the pace of the NFL.

Wide Receivers: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz

The Giants replaced Mario Manningham with LSU speed demon Ruben Randle, who they were able to steal in the second round of the draft. Randle will more than likely take over as the No. 3 receiver while Cruz and Nicks occupy the starting positions.

Tight End: Martellus Bennett

New York added two tight ends this offseason, drafting Adrien Robinson and signing former Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennett. With Jake Ballard tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl, Bennett should get the nod to start the year.

Tackles: William Beatty and David Diehl

One of last year’s starting tackles, Kareem McKenzie, is still a free agent. With the position not addressed early in the draft, you would have to assume that William Beatty and David Diehl will be the starters. If either Mosley or McCants have a good pre-season, then Diehl may kick in to guard and the Giants could have a rookie starting at tackle.

Guards: Chris Snee and Kevin Boothe
With no one else really on the roster at this point, these two will be the starters barring an injury, trade or free agent signing.

Center: David Baas
Given their other options, the G-Men should stick with David Baas to start at center.
Defense
Ends: Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul

If Osi Umenyiora is not traded by the time the season starts, then the Giants may run into some issues. Assuming he is gone, Tuck and Pierre-Paul will be the starters.

Tackles: Chris Canty and Linval Joseph

New York added veteran Shaun Rogers to their defensive line. This, for now at least, is a depth pickup. Canty and Joseph will start.

Outside Linebackers: Mathias Kiwanuka and Michael Boley

Both Mark Herzlich and newly acquired Keith Rivers should see some field time in 2012, but Kiwanuka and Boley will remain the starters.

Inside Linebacker: Keith Rivers

With Jonathon Goff going to the Washington Redskins, there will be a position battle at inside linebacker between newly acquired Keith Rivers, Greg Jones and Chase Blackburn. Rivers gets the spot.

Corners: Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara

With the additions of Antwuan Molden through free agency and Jayron Hosley through the draft, New York has given themselves a couple of options at corner. Still, expect Webster and Amukamara to start barring an injury. 

Free Safety: Antrel Rolle

They did not pay him to sit. A “most overrated at each position” article may be on the horizon.  

Strong Safety: Kenny Phillips

With four interceptions and over 80 tackles in 2011, the 25-year-old Phillips more than likely won’t lose his job to Tyler Sash or Jojo Nicolas.
Those Other Guys
Kicker: Lawrence Tynes

Punter: Steve Weatherford  

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