5-9, 4th NFC East
Oliver Vernon - The Giants defense took a step backwards last season, and so far this year they are dealing with some injuries, but playing a little bit better. Oliver Vernon continues to miss games with an ankle injury, and is a bigger piece as far as getting pressure goes for this defense. He has over seven sacks in each of the last three seasons. If Vernon continues to miss time, it is hard to see the Giants getting pressure on anyone with the bodies on the defensive side now.
Eli Apple - Eli Apple is coming off a dreadful 2017 season, but earned a lot of praise in camp, and played well in the first few weeks of the season. Apple suffered a groin injury in Week 2, and it does look like it could cost him a few weeks. If Apple’s play was going to hold for the season, then this will be a tough loss for the Giants.
Jon Halapio - Jon Halapio suffered a broken ankle in the Week 2 game against Dallas, and this is a big loss for the Giants offensive line. Jon Greco looks to be the guy filling in, which is definitely a downgrade for the Giants. With Eli Manning struggling and Saquon Barkley not getting going on the ground, this will not help them to turn things around.
In the 2017 season, Odell Beckham Jr broke his ankle, and was carted off. This was all in the midst of OBJ trying to get a new contract, but eventually it got done despite the injury. The OBJ injury had the Giants very limited on offense, but it did help some of their younger guys like Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard grow into the offense a bit. Brandon Marshall was another Giants wide receiver who suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Marshall was a bit older in age trying to revamp his career with the Giants, but things didn't quite work out. He is now off in Seattle finishing things off. Jason Sehorn had a horrendous knee injury tearing his ACL and MCL. Sehorn was drafted way back in 1994, going to the Giants in the second round. He is one of those names you seem to remember for the Giants regardless of the year. Osi Umenyiora suffered through a torn meniscus in his knee, and also went through some concussions during his career. Umenyiora eventually walked away from the game, and is now speaking out against some of the injuries players go through today. When healthy Umenyiora was a successful defensive player who helped those Giants defenses. Victor Cruz had a patellar tendon injury that really ended his career. He tried to get going after that 2015 season, but Cuz could just never quite get back on track. Cruz was a late breakout player, and somewhat out of nowhere when you look at his career trajectory. He went to Chicago, and wanted to get back to the Giants, but his knee limited his potential in the league.