Good morning, New York Giants fans!
The Giants are in the infantile stages of a multiyear rebuild, even if they aren't likely to admit as much publicly. Call it Year 2, maybe even 2 1/2. If the final few weeks of the 2020 season told us anything -- when they were blown out by the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens -- it's that they're not anywhere near Super Bowl contention.
"So far away from [the playoff teams] right now, it's not even close," a league source with knowledge of the Giants' roster recently told ESPN.
The franchise is in such a precarious position. It can't go after a quarterback such as Houston's Deshaun Watson (if he's even available) because it doesn't have the roster or the assets to make such a move. Not unless Watson can throw, catch and run it all by his lonesome without the help from a sufficient offensive line, defense and the necessary playmakers.
The Giants are out on Watson or any other quarterback this offseason. They are fully committed to Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft.
Jones is their guy, multiple team and league sources reiterated to ESPN over the past few weeks. And while the organization's brass, from the top down, believes Jones has what it takes to be an upper-echelon successful quarterback, they are knowingly taking this leap of faith with their fingers crossed after inconsistent results during his first two professional seasons.
Valentine’s View: I don’t disagree about the Giants being a long way from Super Bowl contention. I do think, though, that there are reasons to feel optimistic that things are on the verge of getting better. Provided, of course, that Daniel Jones is the right guy.
Fortunately for the Giants, the depth of the draft seems to line up with the team’s perceived needs.
Of course they disagree. There is no single “right way.” There are multiple paths, multiple options. The effort, though, has to be to increase the number of play makers — on both sides of the ball.
Daniel Jones ended up No. 24.
“One of the most infuriating players in the entire league, Daniel Jones has proven in his short career that he can make every throw and almost any run. And yet, he turns the ball over (1.4 per game) like he's going toe to toe with Jameis Winston. Can Jones make a Baker Mayfield-like leap in Year 3?”
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