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Ranking NFL Offenses Poised to Improve the Most in 2021 - Bleacher Report
1. New York Giants
With quarterback Daniel Jones heading into a make-or-break season, the New York Giants spent the offseason improving his supporting cast.
The Giants signed wideout Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million contract to give Jones the No. 1 receiver he’s sorely lacked. They also spent the No. 20 overall pick on Florida wideout Kadarius Toney and signed veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph as a potential safety blanket behind Evan Engram.
Star running back Saquon Barkley is also expected to be back in the fold after he tore his ACL in Week 2 last season. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in his first two seasons along with 17 rushing touchdowns, so he should return to being the focal point of the Giants’ offense when he’s fully recovered.
Getting Barkley back in the fold and the additions of Golladay, Toney and Rudolph should help Jones be far more productive than he was last season. He mustered only 2,943 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 starts after posting 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts as a rookie.
The Giants averaged only 17.5 points per game last season, the second-fewest in the league, but a bad offensive line (50 sacks), lack of threats in the passing game and Barkley’s injury didn’t help. Considering their offseason upgrades, they’re in line to make the biggest jump of any team offensively this year.
Michael Baca goes over the Giants and the rest of the NFC East ahead of training camp.
Meanwhile, Dan Duggan goes over his plan for the Giants offseason.
The old saying “go big or go home” does not register with Barkley’s running style. It can better be described as “go big or go big.”
Barkley has been the definition of a home-run threat since his days at Penn State. During his three college seasons, he racked up 67 rushes of 15-plus yards (second in the nation).
A similar trend continued once he entered the NFL. In his lone full season of action, Barkley picked up 706 of his 1,307 rushing yards on 15-plus-yard runs — the highest rate in the league.
Barkley ranked in the top five again in 2019, with over one-third of his yardage coming from 15-plus-yard runs. Unfortunately, a torn ACL in Week 2 of 2020 ended his campaign after only 19 carries.
Expect a fully healthy, bounce-back 2021 season with him resuming his highlight-reel tendencies.
After PFF ranked Barkley the 7th best back in the league, Zach Tantillo gave him a superlative that feels justified.
Eli and Twitter is just fun.
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