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Saquon Barkley stays coy about his timeline for Giants return - NY Post

Barkley’s health is one of the major storylines going into 2021, so any quotes about will make headlines this offseason.

2021 NFL season: One potential first-time Pro Bowler from each NFC team - NFL.com

New York Giants

Dexter Lawrence

DT · Year 3

The G-Men quietly allowed the ninth-fewest points league-wide, a feat helped by a gentleman who refers to himself as ”Sexy Dexy.” Brute strength, quick feet and a flair for punishing hits make up Lawrence’s game. Check out his handiwork here against a flock of beguiled interior linemen and would-be blockers. This is no wilting flower, but instead a pile of bricks dropping 90 mph off a Gotham rooftop. Chalk up this first-round pick as a win for oft-maligned general manager Dave Gettleman.

Every NFL Team’s Most Overpaid Player Entering 2021 Season - Bleacher Report

New York Giants: WR Kenny Golladay

The Contract: Four years, $72 million with $40 million guaranteed

On one hand, New York Giants wideout Kenny Golladay has been a quality No. 1 receiver. On the other hand, Golladay played with an elite passer in former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and got a massive deal in a weak market for receivers.

By comparison, Corey Davis signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets.

Now, Golladay is a more accomplished receiver than Davis. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in 2018 and ‘19 and led the league with 11 touchdown receptions in 2019. However, he was playing in a more potent passing offense and is coming off an injury-plagued five-game campaign. Golladay has just 235 more receiving yards than Davis in the same four-year stretch.

The 27-year-old wideout has to prove that he is back to 100 percent after last year’s nagging hamstring issue. He also has to show that he can excel without Stafford throwing him darts downfield. He will earn $18 million annually for the opportunity.

If Golladay doesn’t pan out with quarterback Daniel Jones pulling the trigger, New York will be stuck. Golladay only has a cap hit of $4.5 million this season but will carry a hit of at least $21 million in each of the next three years. The dead money on his contract won’t dip below $10 million until 2024 either.

Predicting the MVP of each NFC team: Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray primed for breakout seasons in 2021 - CBS Sports

New York Giants - Andrew Thomas, LT

While it wasn’t a disaster, Thomas’ rookie season left a lot to be desired. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 draft allowed four or more pressures in over half of his games last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Thomas’ play (particularly his pass protection) did improve during the second half of the season, as the Giants won five of their final eight games after a 1-7 start. Thomas’ success is vital for the Giants and quarterback Daniel Jones, who is hoping to have a breakout year in 2021 after the offseason acquisitions of former Pro Bowler Kenny Golladay, rookie receiver Kadarius Toney and former Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph. A good season for Thomas will also result in more big plays from Saquon Barkley, who is looking to return to his former Pro Bowl level after missing most of last season with an injury.

NY Giants’ top 3 MVP candidates: Can anyone best Saquon Barkley? - Fansided

Golladay, Barkley and Daniel Jones make the cut.

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