Daniel Jones is a young QB who performed pretty well for a rookie last season. Despite some inconsistency and excessive fumbles, he showed flashes of potential to make the step to the next level. Plus, back up Colt McCoy is a seasoned veteran who can mentor Jones and step in if Jones suffers any injuries. This isn't an ideal QB room but Jones is a rising asset who fans should keep an eye on.
Any running back room that has Saquon Barkley is going to be elite. As the Giants' lead back, Barkley will dominate defenses in both the rushing and receiving games. Plus, similar to Barkley, his backups, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman are versatile enough to fill in adequately for when Barkley is not available. This depth should mitigate the offense's woes that arose last season when Barkley was hobbled with injuries.
Protection & Blocking
For the past couple of seasons, New York's offensive line has been there Achilles heel. LT Nate Solder and his teammates failed to meet expectations, allowing excessive numbers of pressures and QB hits. This season, the G-men will be banking their hopes on Andrew Thomas living up to his hype. Additionally, guard Will Hernandez will need to a better job run blocking. Although in terms of pass blocking, Thomas, Hernandez, and emerging stud Kevin Zeitler will excel protecting Jones.
This receiving corps has tons of depth. Wideouts, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton are two underrated receivers who can explode with huge outings in any given game. Slayton has flashed tons of potential as a deep threat, Additionally, Tate is a surehanded WR who will move the chains after the catch. Moreover, Evan Engram is a tremendous receiving threat who can also move the chains and work across the middle. However, he and WR Sterling Shepard will need to do a better job staying healthy.
Skills Analysis Notes
This offense has the capability of defying everyone's expectations in 2020. In terms of speed, Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram are fast for their positions and can exploit mismatches at will. Plus, this is a team that is stacked with potential at the RB, WR, and TE positions. This depth is fantastic for Daniel Jones, who can hand the ball to Saquon, go deep to Slayton, screen it to Tate, or throw it across the middle to Engram. Plus, Ohio State rookies Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack could make some noise as well. Therefore there is a big chance that the Giants could be an offense that fires on all cylinders. However, New York's OL will need to improve drastically to mitigate inconsistency concerns.
The Giant's defensive line is a formidable run-stuffing group. According to PFF, five of the Giant's DL graded above 70 overall and in terms of stopping the run. While this unit isn't a threat to harass the passer, Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, and Lorenzo Carter are adequate at rushing the passer when necessary.
New York's LB corps projects to struggle mightily next season. Their main LB is Blake Martinez, who is coming off a career-low year where he struggled to cover receivers or stop the run. He could help the Giants with rushing the passer, but not much. Speaking of pass-rushing, Markus Golden has the potential to excel in this area too. However, his overall inconsistency indicates that many of his sacks will most likely need to be created based on the Giants' scheme. Overall, this unit lacks depth.
Following the injury of Xavier McKinney and arrest of DeAndre Baker, the Giants' DB room took a step back. However, the Giants were able to mitigate the loss of McKinney after signing ballhawk Logan Ryan. Ryan and teammate Jabrill Peppers are a terrific tandem that will create turnovers and pressure opposing QBs. However, neither James Bradberry nor Corey Ballentine have shown the consistent ability to lockdown star wideouts. Therefore, offenses will look to exploit this obvious weakness.
Controlling Field Position
Skills Analysis Notes
Overall, this defense has too many holes to be able to compete with elite offenses. At this point, New York lacks a star DL or LB who can shred blocks and get after opposing quarterbacks. Speaking of the LB position, both Blake Martinez and Markus Golden are inconsistent players. They will likely need to lean on their defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, to create opportunities for them to succeed. Likewise, Graham will need to scheme up plays that mitigate the Giant's woes at the CB position to prevent New York from getting attacked on the outside.
However, there are some silver linings for Giants fans. For instance, the Giants have one of the best run-stopping units in a division with Miles Sanders and Zeke Elliot. Plus, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan will be sensational defenders who can create turnovers and pressures with ease. While neither safety will likely keep the Giants in games, they will each be drive disruptors every now and then.
Special Teams and Coaching
Overall Unit Analysis
Graham Gano has historically been an inconsistent kicker whose FG percentage can vary between 70% on down years to 90% in career years. Therefore, it is just a matter of guessing which Gano the Giants will get.
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Joe Judge's low ratings for both preparedness and decision making are simply due to the lack of sample size. However, there are some reasons to be optimistic on Judge's ability to manage this team. For instance, despite the mind-boggling arrest of DeAndre Baker, Judge was able to keep his team from being distracted. In fact, Judge's no-nonsense demeanor and reputation should keep most of his players in line and out of legal issues. Although in a new age of player empowerment, Joe will need to find a balance between Belichickian discipline and player expression.
Another positive sign for Judge is that he made some decent coaching hires with Jason Garrett and Patrick Graham. While neither Garrett nor Graham was hot commodities, they are each underrated play-callers who are used to managing star players and creating versatile schemes. It has yet to be seen whether Judge has what it takes to prepare his team for greatness, he is an underrated coach.
Over the off-season, the New York Giants made plenty of moves to improve as a unit. For instance, they capitalized on improving the offensive line by drafting Andrew Thomas, who was stellar at pass protection while at the University of Georgia. Thomas should be able to carry this same success to Met-Life stadium, where he will be tasked with protecting QB, Daniel Jones. If successful, Jones and the Giants offense could be a borderline top ten unit that fires on all cylinders.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
While there is a lot for Giants fans to be hopeful for, these aspirations will probably not be realized until 2021. This low ceiling is mainly because the Giants' defense lacks the talent necessary to be a consistently daunting group. Therefore, Joe Judge and Patrick Graham will have their hands full managing this unit and drawing up plays. Furthermore, the defense, along with minor OL questions, will likely fail to make the playoffs. Although similar to the Washington football team, this is a team that could solidify during the latter half of the season and show flashes of a formidable squad after this upcoming season. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this team breaks even at 8-8, at best.