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New York Giants headlines for Tuesday

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

NFL second-year players set to make a 2021 leap

In his assessment of last season’s rookies, CBS Sports writer Josh Edwards named former second-round pick Xavier McKinney as one of his Year 2 breakout stars:

Xavier McKinney, NYG FS, #29

McKinney was my top-rated safety in last year’s draft so I am bullish, perhaps stubborn, in regards to his potential. The former Alabama defensive back missed 11 games, but ended the season on a high note with an interception against Dallas. One would think upgrading the pass rush is a priority for the Giants this offseason, and that only means more turnover opportunities for McKinney.

McKinney’s solid play when healthy, to the tune of a 70.0 PFF grade as a rookie, has made him an exciting player going into his second year as a pro. A full season in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s system will hopefully show off McKinney’s versatility and capabilities.

NY Giants must prioritize signing Leonard Williams to a long-term contract

Hardly anyone who watched the Giants last season would disagree, but Fansided’s Matt Lombardo spells out why the Giants should make Leonard Williams the top free agent priority.

New York Giants Potential Free Agent Target: OLB Samson Ebukam

Giants Country writer Patricia Traina details why she believes the Giants should be in the running for the 25-year-old EDGE from the L.A. Rams. With five sacks in each of the last two seasons, the 2017 fourth-round pick will likely command a smaller price tag than other EDGE players like Haason Reddick. Do you think Ebukam is a good fit with the Giants?

Top 101 free agents of ‘21

Leonard Williams comes in at fourth and Dalvin Tomlinson at No. 34 in NFL.com writer Greg Rosenthal’s free agent rankings.

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