The New York Football Giants had a very busy 2018 offseason. They’ve added numerous acquisitions that were considered to be the missing pieces of their disappointing 3-13 team from the 2017-2018 season. The units that the Giants had holes in were at the Offensive Line, Linebacker, and Running Back positions.
At the left tackle position they signed former Patriots veteran Nate Solder. In Soldiers seven seasons with New England, he was selected to multiple pro bowls, and first-team All Pro. This is a major upgrade at the left tackle position from last year’s Ereck Flowers, who has performed awfully for the span of his first three seasons in the league. In Nate Solder, the New York is getting a dependable blind side protector for Eli Manning.
At the linebacker position, the Giants acquired Alec Ogletree from the Los Angeles Rams. In Ogletree’s five seasons with the Rams he had also been selected to multiple pro bowls. What Ogletree brings to the Giants linebacking core is a lot more athleticism and versatility. Olgetree is a major upgrade for the linebacking core because the Giants constantly struggled in areas like covering tight ends, matching up with running backs out of the backfield, and getting into the backfield quickly on blitzes. Olgetree is someone who can come in right away and perform those duties consistently for a football team.
At the running back position, the giants have lacked someone with elite playmaking ability for the last decade. Tiki Barber in the early 2000s was the last elite playmaking running back. The Giants also have not had a 1000 yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012. The Giants look to remove their previous inadequacy at the running back position by drafting Saquon Barkley at #2 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley is considered to be not only the best running back in the draft, but also the best player. In the combine he put on the show displaying his strength, speed, and athleticism. He ran a 4.40 40, bench pressed 29 reps of 225, and jumped a 41’’ vertical. He also showed his impressive ability of running crisp routes and catching the football. The athletic ability and skill set that Barkley brings to the football field is what creates high expectations for him to step in week one and immediately have an impact on not only the Giants running game but their offense.
With the major acquisitions that the Giants have, there are no more gaping holes on this team. On paper, there is an elite player on every unit of this football team. With theses elite players leading every unit of this team, can the Giants shock the NFL and go from one of the worst teams in the NFL last season with a 3-13 record to a playoff contender? It is fairly possible for this “giant” step of improvement.