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LAST SEASON: After losing first nine games Pat McAfee Jersey , new regime of first-year coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch had impressive finish. Acquisition of franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo provided big lift as he won all five starts to end season. Other bright spots occurred despite third straight losing season. WR Marquise Goodwin had career highs with 56 catches for 962 yards and Niners got most snaps in NFL from rookie class. LB Reuben Foster looked like impact player when on field. DL Solomon Thomas, TE George Kittle, WR Trent Taylor, S Adrian Colbert, CB Ahkello Witherspoon all showed promise as well. Team is far from finished product but took major strides in first year of new leadership.
THEY NEED: CB, DE, LB Tavon Austin Jersey , G, WR.
THEY DON'T NEED: QB, S, DT, T.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia; CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State; G Quenton Nelson Bob Lilly Jersey , Notre Dame; LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech; DE-LB Harold Landry, Boston College.
OUTLOOK: Biggest move of offseason came in long-term deal with Garoppolo to solidify QB spot for years. Team also made several key additions in free agency led by RB Jerick McKinnon, C Weston Richburg and CB Richard Sherman, who signed with San Francisco after getting cut by rival Seattle. Questions remain about Sherman's health following Achilles tendon injury, so more help may be needed in secondary. Foster's legal problems after being charged with three felonies, including domestic violence Joe Thomas Jersey , might make linebacker a target in draft. Other pressing spots are pass rush, offensive playmakers.
The New York Giants have released five players, but only one who saw action in a regular-season game last season.
The Giants announced the moves Monday, four days before the start of a rookie minicamp.
Released were safety Ryan Murphy, guard Damien Mama, receiver Canaan Severin, running back Terrell Watson La'el Collins Jersey , and punter Austin Rehkow.
Murphy played in the final three contests in 2017 and had one tackle on special teams.
Mama was signed on Dec. 12 off the Chiefs' practice squad and was inactive for the last three games. Severin was in training camp and on the practice squad for a week. He signed a reserve/futures contract on Jan. 1, the same day Rehkow was signed.
Watson was signed by the Giants on Jan. 24.
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