Pro Football Focus recently offered its 2020 New York Giants season preview. PFF’s Steve Palazzolo put the over/under for Giants’ victories at 6.5, but opined that they “could surprise.”
Let’s touch on a few of the things Palazzolo wrote.
On quarterback Daniel Jones ...
Jones has many similarities to his predecessor, Eli Manning, including a volatile style that can lead to a wide range of outcomes. We saw that in Jones’ rookie season, as fans and detractors alike both had plenty of evidence to back up their respective points.
One of Jones’ best attributes is his willingness to create big plays when under pressure, and that can sometimes lead to spectacular plays as well as disastrous ones. Giants fans are just rooting for the season in which those plays land in Jones’ favor, and that’s precisely
Here are a few more things Palazzolo wrote:
Of Saquon Barkley, he said “one of these years the Giants’ run blocking will improve, and he could go off for a monster statistical season.”
At wide receiver, “the Giants have a well-rounded group that can do damage if it remains healthy.”
At tight end, “A healthy [Evan] Engram could be in line for a big season, and any kind of production from the backups will keep this unit in the top half of the league.
The offensive line “weren’t as bad as the perception last season” and “could sneak into the top half of offensive line units this season.”
How good the linebackers are “will be determined by which [Blake] Martinez shows up in his first year as a Giant as well as [David] Mayo’s development in his second year of extended action.”
Cornerback James Bradberry “has a rare skill set and should immediately look significantly better without needing to try and cover the likes of Julio Jones and Mike Evans twice a season.”
In the draft, Palazzolo said “The Giants got a good balance of short and long-term plays while boosting the offensive line and the secondary — it was a solid all-around draft.”
I’m not really even going to offer commentary on this one. Just go read the full thing if you want, then come on back and offer your thoughts.