Good morning, New York Giants fans!
Been in the area my whole life, I grew up watching the NFC East, I knew the rivalries and I want to be a part of it, I want to be a part of important games, I want to be a part of prime-time games. New York brings that, and it’s just expectations and pressures that I really embrace. I like the stage. I know these fans, they pay their hard-earned money, I want to give ’em a show and I want to give ’em some great wins.
I played a year for the Giants and they saw me play but I don’t think the fans have met me yet, and I haven’t met the fans yet. I’ve played on the biggest stages, in the Super Bowls and AFC championships and playoff games, and I don’t take opening night for granted. It’s always special.
I’d be perfectly happy to never hear the phrase “Josh-Allen-style-leap” again, but that does seem to be the only Super Bowl route for the Giants. ESPN has them as the 25th most likely team to make it to Los Angeles.
25. New York Giants
Chance to win Super Bowl LVI: 0.3%
Chance to make the playoffs: 23.4%
A third-year quarterback making an unexpected, historic transformation into an elite passer? I’m not optimistic about Daniel Jones making the sort of leap Josh Allen did last season, but then again, I wasn’t expecting Allen to turn into an MVP candidate, either. Jones certainly has plenty of weapons with which to work, although he’ll need second-year left tackle Andrew Thomas to live up to his billing as a top-five pick after an uneven rookie season.
The defense seems more likely to be up to the task, especially if Leonard Williams continues to play at a Pro Bowl level after his suddenly productive 2020 season. Again, just as was the case for the Eagles, it’s easier for the Giants to plot a path to the playoffs in the NFC East than it is for a team such as the Raiders in the AFC West. As a result, even though their odds of winning the Super Bowl are relatively similar, the Giants’ chances of making the playoffs are nearly 38% higher.
Finally, an alternative to Tony Romo.
Giants fans and the media continue to have wildly different opinions of Judge. CBS lists his seat as “heating up.”
4. Joe Judge
Arguably even less safe in the NFC East is Judge, and the organization isn’t afraid to let you know it. Owner John Mara noted this offseason that ”everyone is on the hot seat” in New York — from Judge to general manager Dave Gettleman to himself. Including himself was cute and all from a PR standpoint, but we all know owners don’t fire themselves; they fire everyone else. And considering the wild and whacky training camp the Giants had, one that included a rash of swift and unexpected retirements and at least one practice brawl, Judge isn’t exactly off to a magnificent start in his second year as an NFL head coach. Like some others on this list, his fate is also tied to what happens at quarterback, because the Giants passed on taking one atop the 2021 NFL Draft due to their belief in Daniel Jones. If Jones doesn’t start knocking socks off (and if the Giants can’t protect him long enough to allow it), will it be the fault of Gettleman or Judge?
If it falls on Gettleman, you can believe he’ll champion his own cause at the expense of Judge (ask Ben McAdoo), because it’s always business and never personal. Gettleman could argue he had a terrific free agency and gave Judge the pieces, and Mara might see his point. However you slice it, if the Giants don’t make noise in the division (and more), Judge better be ready for a tense conversation with an “impatient” Mara.
At No. 25, the Giants are ranked third in the NFC East.
Daniel Jones is No. 23 on this list by Gregg Rosenthal.
He was better than the numbers show he was a year ago. PFF notes that in 2020, Jones was pressured on the second-highest percentage of plays of any starter, and his receivers dropped the ball at the second-highest rate in football. The Giants spent on help and have high hopes for Saquon Barkley, but I'm not convinced the coaching or his offensive line are any better than they were last season.
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