The New York Giants are carrying a 5-9 record into their Week 16 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles. They’re in the utterly surreal position of simultaneously being in the running for the 2023-2024 playoffs as well as the second overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Giants just 0.4 percent chance of getting an NFC wildcard spot, but they aren’t mathematically eliminated — yet.
Yes Lloyd, there is a chance, but the Giants’ chance of landing in the top five of the upcoming draft is much higher. That same FPI give the Giants a 58.3 percent chance of picking in the top five. Realistically, the remainder of the Giants’ season will end with the final whistle on Jan. 7, then it’ll be on to 2024.
As our own Ed Valentine wrote, the Giants could use the remainder of the year to look at some of the younger players who haven’t gotten much playing time this year.
If the Giants do decide to give young players the chance to play on offense or defense, who would Giants’ fans want to see the most?
- OG Marcus McKethan
- RB Eric Gray
- CB Tre Hawkins III
- S Gervarrius Owens
Ed mentioned that he wants to see more of DT Jordon Riley, and that’s certainly fair. Riley got defensive snaps early in the season and was impressive in his brief appearance. Owens, however, has only played in 2 games and has just 25 special teams snaps this year. The Giants could want to look at their safety depth with Xavier McKinney’s future up in the air.
- McKethan has started 5 games at guard and played 373 snaps on offense.
- Gray has played in 10 games, with 45 offensive and 72 special teams snaps.
- Hawkins has played in 14 games, starting 3. He has 319 snaps on defense and 106 on special teams.
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