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New York Giants news for Friday

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28. New York Giants

You’ll notice a new section at the end of each chart, with the weighted ranking of the team’s non-quarterback infrastructure. I wanted to include that this year to show which of these teams are being propped up or held back by their quarterback play. The Giants, Dolphins, and Broncos stand out as teams that could take a sizable step forward if their quarterback plays at an above-average level, due to the surrounding talent they have at the skill positions. Your degree of confidence in Daniel Jones, Tua Tagovailoa, and Drew Lock may lead you to agree or disagree with their placement here.

As with every analysis of the Giants offense this season, all eyes inevitably fall to Daniel Jones and his ability (or lack thereof) to be “the guy” in the New York. His play will dictate how this offense, this team and this season go for the G-men.

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New York Giants: New Weapons, a Healthy Barkley

The New York Giants came close to winning the NFC East last season thanks to the strength of their defense. Patrick Graham’s unit ranked 12th overall and ninth in points allowed.

New York’s downfall was its lack of offense, with star running back Saquon Barkley out for most of the year with a torn ACL. The unit ranked 31st in both yards and points and failed to reach 20 points in nine games.

The Giants should be in store for an offensive resurgence, though, and you can bet that the front office and fans alike are looking forward to it.

Barkley’s impending return should boost both the ground and passing game. The fourth-year back has averaged 75.6 rushing yards and 39.3 receiving yards per contest as a pro. The Giants also added free-agent receiver Kenny Golladay and rookie wideout Kadarius Toney this offseason.

Golladay is a two-time 1,000-yard receiver who led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions in 2019. Toney is likely to be a gadget player early in his career but boasts the sort of game-breaking speed (4.39 40-yard dash) that the Giants have lacked.

“Essentially, you’re betting on the flash with Toney and hoping he develops into a consistent superweapon creating yards from across the formation for a creative play-caller,” Nate Tice of the B/R Scouting Department wrote.

New York will still want to see more consistency out of quarterback Daniel Jones, who had a passer rating of just 80.4 last season, but this should be a far more balanced team than it was a year ago.

Speaking of the offense, Jones getting Saquon Barkley back from injury alongside offseason additions like Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Kyle Rudolph, John Ross and more will hopefully make Jones’ life much easier.

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