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Giants legend Justin Tuck forewent his senior season to declare for the 2005 NFL Draft, where he was the 74th pick in the third round to New York. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the Giants while being named to two Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams. But the 2005 Fighting Irish team he left were two nail-biting losses away (an OT stunner to Michigan State and the “Bush Push” loss to #1 USC) from playing in the National Championship that season. What might have changed if Tuck were there?
Every NFL Team’s To-Do List for Rest of the 2021 Offseason - Bleacher Report
New York Giants
Coach Up Danny Dimes
Figure Out the Right Side of the OL
Settle on a No. 2 Edge-Rusher
The New York Giants have been busy in both free agency and the draft ahead of a make-or-break season for third-year signal-caller Daniel Jones.
But there is still quite a bit of work ahead.
New York has certainly afforded Jones weaponry in the passing game—in addition to holdovers Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, the G-Men signed free-agent receiver Kenny Golladay and drafted Florida’s Kadarius Toney in Round 1 of the 2021 draft.
The weapons might be there, but the offensive line is still a mess. Veteran tackle Nate Solder opted out in 2020 but was awful in 2019, allowing a whopping 11 sacks in just over 1,000 snaps, per Pro Football Focus. Andrew Thomas, the fourth pick in 2020, wasn’t a lot better—while he improved over the season’s second half, he surrendered 10 sacks of his own. Like it or not, those are the likely tackles, although second-year pro Matt Peart could figure in.
The right guard spot is also unsettled after Kevin Zeitler left for Baltimore, with a pair of subpar options in Shane Lemieux (five sacks allowed in 504 snaps in 2020 with an atrocious grade of 32.2 at PFF) and free-agent add Zach Fulton (and his 11 sacks allowed in Houston a year ago) competing to see who can get Jones killed first.
There’s at least a little more room for optimism at the second edge-rusher spot opposite Lorenzo Carter, with Oshane Ximines (4.5 sacks in 2019) and rookie Azeez Ojulari offering a pair of young, athletic pass-rushers who at least could form a decent rotation.
Top 2021 Fantasy football busts
As for players to avoid, the model lists Giants tight end Evan Engram as one of its biggest 2021 Fantasy Football busts. Engram brings wide receiver-like speed to the position and is coming off his first Pro Bowl selection, which is why he’s been the ninth tight end off the board according to early 2021 Fantasy football ADP. However, Engram looked less dynamic in 2020 coming off injury-riddled seasons in 2018 and 2019.
Engram averaged a career-low 10.4 yards per reception in 2020 and concentration drops were a serious issue as well, with Engram dropping the second-most passes (10) of any tight end in the NFL. After being targeted 109 times in 2020, Engram is likely to see his target share eaten into by the free agency acquisition of Kenny Golladay and the drafting of Kadarius Toney. That’s why the model ranks him as its No. 20 overall tight end and warns against spending a mid-round pick.
Given the arrival of Golladay and Toney, as well as the signing of Kyle Rudolph and the return of Saquon Barkley, Engram’s role in the Giants offense is murky at the moment. Injuries, trade rumors and inconsistent production have led to questions about his future, and that is reflected in his current status among fantasy football circles.
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