The NFC East-leading New York Giants are 6-2. That's not bad after eight games, right? Actually, I don't think Big Blue has played its best football yet. There's room for improvement on both sides of the ball. Hence, here are five Giants who are poised for a second-half improvement.
Chris Canty (DT) -- Canty missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury. However, since coming off the PUP list two weeks ago, the run-stopping tackle is rounding into form. He has six tackles and one sack in two games. The underrated Canty will bolster the defensive line moving forward.
David Wilson (KR/RB) -- Wilson, the team's first-round pick, landed in coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse after fumbling away the second carry of his pro career. But the shifty Wilson bounced back and has flourished on special teams with an average of 27.1 yards per kick return. Furthermore, his 40-yard touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns shows he still has potential as a running back.
Prince Amukamara (CB) -- Last season, Amukamara missed the first half of the season due to injury and never found his stride. This season started out much the same way, as he missed the first two games. However, Amukamara has played every game since then and is gradually improving. With more experience, the team's first-round pick in 2011 will reach his potential.
Jason Pierre-Paul (DE) -- Pierre-Paul, who had 16.5 sacks last season, is picking up steam. He has four sacks in his last three games after registering 1.5 in his first five contests. Pierre-Paul may not match his total of 16.5 sacks of last season, but there's still plenty of damage to be done. His 28-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys last week may provide the spark.
Hakeem Nicks (WR) -- Nick, who has missed three games this season, has been troubled by foot and knee injuries. However, he seems to be healing more with each passing week. Remember, Nicks, who blew up in last year's playoffs for 444 yards and two touchdowns, had 10 catches for 199 yards in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There's more where that came from.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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