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Wilson suffered a neck injury in the first half of the season and his status for next season is uncertain. Doctors are hopeful the injury isn’t career-ending.

Even with a sub-par Pierre-Paul, the defense was the strength of the Giants. It finished eighth overall, making major improvements with the run defense with the addition of Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson and rookie Johnathan Hankins in the middle.

The Giants have 23 unrestricted free agents, with the most significant being defensive end Justin Tuck, middle linebacker Jon Beason, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and placekicker Josh Brown.

Finally healthy, Tuck had his best season in years with 11 sacks. Beason solidified the defense after being acquired in a trade with Carolina.

“I really don’t think that we are that far off,” Tuck said of the Giants‘ future.

The Giants need another cornerback to play opposite Prince Amukamara, while the safety situation is solid with Antrel Rolle, who had a career high six interceptions, and Will Hill back.

Reese said the blame for the past season can be shared. He didn’t provide the right personnel. The draft wasn’t good enough. The team and the quarterback didn’t play well enough, and they had no chance after losing their first six.

“We want to be a team that goes in every year and has a chance to win the tournament,” Reese said. “The last couple of years we haven’t been able to do that and that bothers me.

“Our standards are high around here.”

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