After losing their first five games in the NFL last season, finishing the campaign with a 6-10 record was not a bad outcome for the New York Giants.
It was not enough to seal a play-off berth from a poor NFC East division, but it gave fans hope that 2021 could be a more productive year.
The latest NFL betting odds rate the Giants as 9/2 shots to claim top spot next season and that could prove to be decent value.
Read on as we take a closer look at four players who could play a key role in helping the Giants reach the play-offs in 2021.
The Giants snapped up Ojulari with the 50th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft and their decision may prove to be a shrewd one.
The 21-year-old was expected to be selected in the first round, but concerns over a knee issue saw him drop into the second round.
Although rated as a risky move my many pundits, Ojulari is undoubtedly a gamble worth taking given his athletic ability.
He was the defensive MVP of the 2021 Peach Bowl and possesses all the tools to be a major star in the NFL over the next few years.
After averaging just 17.5 points per game last season, the Giants clearly needed to make offensive improvements this summer.
Toney was selected 20th in this year’s draft, and he will be expected to make an immediate impact to justify his $13.7 million four-year contract.
The wide receiver shone at the University of Florida, forcing 64 missed tackles from 177 touches during his collegiate career.
Although he may start as a back-up option, don’t be surprised to see Toney see plenty of game time as the season progresses.
Barkley heads into his fourth season with the Giants on a recovery mission after a torn ACL forced him to miss the bulk of the 2020 campaign.
The running back rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in New York and will be keen to repeat the trick this time around.
The 24-year-old can ill-afford another spell on the sidelines, particularly as he edges closer to negotiating a new contract.
However, if Barkley remains healthy he is likely to play an integral role as the Giants chase a place in the NFL play-offs.
The Giants have made it clear that Jones will be their starting quarterback this season and he needs to repay their faith with a strong campaign.
Selected sixth overall in the 2019 draft, Jones has yet to consistently replicate the form he showed with Duke University at collegiate level.
He threw 24 touchdown passes in his first NFL season, but followed up with just 11 last term which was nowhere near enough for a player with his ability.
The Giants have strengthened their offensive options this summer and Jones must significantly step up his productivity if the Giants are to succeed.