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New York Giants-related headlines for Saturday

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How Joe Judge’s intro foreshadowed his first Giants season – The Athletic

Judge talked often during the season about checking off things that were on his to-do list in his first year. How did he fare?

Treash: The 5 best draft classes from the 2020 NFL season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

The Giants are not on this list.

Analysis: Wentz, Elliott provide little bang for buck

This post from the Associated Press lists players who did not give their teams a return on investment. I highlight linebacker Cory Littleton because there were many who wanted him to be a Giants before the signing of Blake Martinez.

LB CORY LITTLETON: The Raiders viewed Littleton as their prized free agent acquisition after getting a $35.25 million, three-year deal this offseason. He was supposed to fill a more than decade-long hole as a playmaking linebacker who excelled in coverage against running backs and tight ends. That never materialized in a season Littleton described as miserable as he didn’t record a single sack, interception, forced fumble or fumble recovery all year. He also was beaten often in coverage on a defense that was once again one of the league’s worst.

For non-playoff teams, important NFL offseason is underway

Combine and draft talk, plus more offseason notes.

QB Power Rankings 2020: Super Wild Card Weekend | PFN

#23 – Daniel Jones, New York Giants ⇑4

Season: 14 GP | 210.2 (22nd) | 62.5% (28th) | 6.2 avg CAY (13th) | 2.5 TD% (T-29th) | 2.2 INT% (T-17th) | 24.27 OVM (16th) | 423 rush yards (6th) | 1 rush TD (T-21st)

Daniel Jones appeared much more nimble on Sunday, allowing him to extend plays and throw from outside of the pocket. The offense benefitted from Jones’ improved health, but it was too little too late as the New York Giants were unable to capture a division crown and subsequent playoff birth. As a whole, Jones’ 2020 season left us wanting more. As the offense began to gel mid-season, the injuries hit, and Jones’ growth was stunted. For that reason, Jones’ sophomore numbers weren’t much different from that of his rookie campaign. The biggest discrepancy was in the touchdown pass category where Jones threw 11 scores this season compared to his 24 from a year ago. Quite the disparity.

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