Good morning, New York Giants fans!
James Bradberry comes in at No. 3.
The rival-head-coach-turned-OC will likely find himself out of New York’s plans should the offense fail to perform in 2021.
2021 NFL Offseason’s Biggest Winners and Losers so Far - Bleacher Report
Winner: New York Giants QB Daniel Jones
In 2021, we’ll find out if the New York Giants have a solid starting quarterback in Daniel Jones.
With a stacked pass-catching group, Jones has a bevy of offensive playmakers around him. Though the Giants may limit dual-threat running back Saquon Barkley’s snaps early in the upcoming season, Big Blue’s perimeter weapons could spread a defense thin on the back end.
The Giants signed Kenny Golladay, who joins Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and rookie first-rounder Kadarius Toney in the wide receiver unit. Don’t forget Pro Bowl tight end Evan Engram, who has 216 receptions for 2,420 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons.
At 6’4”, 213 pounds, Golladay will likely become the go-to receiver. He eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in two seasons and led the league in touchdown receptions (11) for the 2019 campaign.
Toney has missed significant practice time because of a minor injury, contract and cleat issues and a family emergency, per The Athletic’s Dan Duggan. Nonetheless, he’s an X-factor because of his versatility as a slot receiver and gadget player who can take handoffs out of the backfield.
Big Blue are returning three primary starters across the offensive line plus Shane Lemieux, who filled in at left guard for an injured Will Hernandez last season.
With the Giants’ collection of offensive talent and continuity, Jones could take a significant leap in his third season after a disappointing 2020 term with 11 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.
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That’s the thought you’ve often had during one of Barkley’s many highlight plays, and there have been quite a bit of them already as he readies for his fourth year in the NFL. Despite his prowess at Penn State, some were concerned NFL teams were placing too high of a value on the position when the Giants opted to select Barkley with the second-overall pick only two seasons after the rival Dallas Cowboys used a fourth-overall pick on Ezekiel Elliott and one year after the Panthers took Christian McCaffrey eighth-overall, but bollocks to that.
Barkley is a generational talent who can’t be replaced with the next man up on the roster, and anyone who believes so is basically saying the Giants could plug in anyone and get 3,469 yards from scrimmage and 23 touchdowns, and with two different QBs in his first two seasons — on an offense with an afterthought of a passing attack. That, to me, is the equivalent of saying all Daenerys Stormborn needed was three canaries to take the Iron Throne, because “they can fly, too.”
Whether it was a turnover-prone Eli Manning in 2018 or a rookie in Daniel Jones who tossed his share of interceptions the following year, every team lining up against the Giants knows the only task at hand has been to stop Barkley. Still, they’ve mostly been unable to do it, and it’s because he’s one of the best halfbacks this league has ever seen. It seems the only thing that can stop Barkley is his own body.
Also named by CBS Sports as the Giants’ one key player on a rookie deal, a healthy Barkley would make the Giants a significantly better team.
This would be interesting to say the least.
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