COMMENTARY | Who were the most disappointing New York Giants of the 2013 NFL season? The Giants had a disappointing 7-9 season, missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Logically, it makes sense that you can argue that many of the 2013 Giants had disappointing years, and that is obviously true.
Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty is out with a list of the NFL's 25 most disappointing players of 2013. Two Giants, quarterback Eli Manning (No. 4), and tight end Brandon Myers (No. 21) make the list. I can certainly understand Manning, but while Myers was disappointing I can think of other Giants who were bigger disappointments. Here is my list of the five most disappointing Giants of 2013:
1. Eli Manning -- The 2013 season was undoubtedly the worst of Manning's career. He tossed a career-wrost 27 interceptions while throwing a career-low 18 TDs. He had a career-worst 69.4 passer rating and a ridiculous 4.9 percent of his passes were intercepted. Manning has two Super Bowl MVP trophies, but it seems like a long time since he has played good football. It is true he didn't get a lot of help from his offensive teammates in 2013, but a great players lifts his teammates. Manning, instead, succumbed to the weaknesses of the players around him.
2. Hakeem Nicks -- Nicks' poor play was one of those things Manning succumbed to. There was an obvious disconnect between Manning and his alleged No. 1 wide receiver from OTAs right through the end of the season, and the result was a 56-catch, no-touchdown season for Nicks. Worse, Nicks -- a free agent -- played like a guy who wasn't interested. It seems unlikely that he will be back with the Giants in 2014.
3. Will Beatty -- Before the 2013 season the Giants inked Beatty to a five-year, $37.5-million contract to anchor their offensive line and protect Manning's blind side. Beatty proceeded to turn into a sieve as his 13 sacks allowed was a league-worst for offensive tackles. The Giants have to decide whether this was an aberration for Beatty, or if they need to move him to a different position and find a new left tackle.
4. Jason Pierre-Paul -- It might be slightly unfair to put Pierre-Paul on this list. His 2013 season was impacted by offseason back surgery that caused him to miss the entire offseason and preseason. He then missed the final five games with a shoulder injury. Pierre-Paul's season was, however, a a major disappointment for the Giants and a major reason their pass rush was missing in action much of the season. He is the one potential difference-maker and two-sack season just isn't going to cut it. The Giants needed Pierre-Paul to be dominant, and he was never close.
5. David Wilson -- If you thought putting Pierre-Paul in this list was a little bit unfair, you probably think it's downright mean to put Wilson on this list. And it might be, considering that Wilson's season ended after five games when he suffered a season-ending and possibly career-threatening neck injury that required surgery. The Giants counted on Wilson to be their primary running back in 2013, and even before getting hurt he showed he wasn't yet up to the task. The 2012 first-round pick fumbled twice in the season opener, averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and caught just two passes before getting hurt. Poor offensive line play had something to do with it, but not everything. Even if Wilson returns healthy in 2014 it is highly unlikely the Giants build a ground game around him.
Others Who Disappointed
Myers was a misfit for the Giants. He never impacted their passing game, and he is an awful blocker on a team that needed a tight end who could do that. Veteran defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka had an awful year. Second-year tight end Adrien Robinson couldn't get on the field. Neither could veteran cornerback Corey Webster. The list could go on. There was plenty of blame to go around for the Giants' dismal 2013 season.
-- Ed Valentine is editor of Big Blue View, covering the Giants for SB Nation. He writes about the Giants and Yankees for Yahoo Contributor Network.
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