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Galina: Giants' Daniel Jones needs to take more risks, create explosive plays to succeed in 2021 | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

Somehow, I suspect we will see the ball pushed down the field more often by the Giants during the 2021 season.

Wide Receiver Rankings: The 32 best WRs entering the 2021 NFL season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

19. KENNY GOLLADAY, NEW YORK GIANTS

Before an injury-riddled 2020 campaign, Golladay established himself as one of the best deep threats and contested-catch specialists in the NFL. In 2018 and 2019 combined, he racked up the third-most deep (20-plus-yard target) receiving yards, with 930, and he tied for first in contested catches, with 43.

Hopefully for the Giants, Golladay's addition makes offensive coordinator Jason Garrett more willing to call downfield shots for Daniel Jones, who ranked third in passing grade on throws of 20-plus yards in 2020 but slotted in at 17th in total deep completions (20). A perfect marriage? Only time will tell.

Tight End Rankings: The 32 best TEs entering the 2021 NFL season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

19. EVAN ENGRAM, NEW YORK GIANTS

The Giants picked up Engram’s fifth-year option last season despite an underwhelming start to his NFL career. He followed that decision up by posting the lowest PFF grade of his career in 2020 (60.5) and averaging a career-low 1.28 receiving yards per route run.

The talent and athletic ability that led to him being drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is still there. Engram just needs to stay on the field and deliver with more consistency. His 25 drops across four years in the NFL are two more than any other tight end in the league over that span.

20. KYLE RUDOLPH, NEW YORK GIANTS

Rudolph will now be part of a much-improved Giants receiving corps after raising concerns about his usage last season in Minnesota. He isn’t going to serve as a field-stretcher, but he does have some of the most reliable hands the position has to offer. Rudolph has dropped just two passes in the last four seasons combined. As noted above, that’s a stark contrast to his new running mate Engram, who dropped eight passes last season alone.

Sterling Shepard lauds Daniel Jones' leadership skills - ProFootballTalk

“It just shows his leadership skills in getting everybody together and trying to get some of the timing down,” Shepard told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “That’s important for offense, especially receiver to QB. Good session. We had a great time out there getting to know each other and bonding with each other, as well. Just shows you [Jones’] maturity level in being able to set something like that up.”

Former New York Giants video director sues organization claiming violence in workplace involving other employees

A lawsuit was filed against the New York Giants by their former video director in the fallout following an alleged physical altercation involving two other employees at the team's facility.

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