The Giants have just a 0.4 percent chance of making the playoffs this year, and it’s much more likely that they wind up picking in the top five of the 2024 NFL Draft. But just because the Giants’ playoff hopes are all but dashed, doesn’t mean that the season is necessarily lost. The Giants can still use the final three games to evaluate their roster and get a better idea of their depth heading into the 2024 offseason.
With that in mind, SB Nation Reacts asked Giants’ fans which of their young players they want to see get more playing time on offense or defense.
The choices were guard Marcus McKethan, running back Eric Grey, cornerback Tre Hawkins III, and safety Gervarrius Owens.
Fans narrowly favored Hawkins over McKethan, which was somewhat surprising given questions regarding the offensive line. The fact that they’re on opposite sides of the ball could be interpreted as fans wanting to see more of both players.
McKethan flashed some upside at right guard earlier in the season as the Giants shuffled and reshuffled their offensive line to account for injuries. However, it was also clear that he is basically a rookie coming off of a knee injury. Hawkins, meanwhile, was a stunning surprise in training camp and preseason. He played well enough to be named the Giants’ CB3 and essentially a starter opposite Deonte Banks. The Giants. could well be moving on from Adoree Jackson next year, and Hawkins proving to be a viable option would be an incredible boon.
The loss to the New Orleans Saints might be opportunity for the Giants to start getting ready for 2024, but it cooled fan confidence that had been rising over the previous month. Giants’ fans hit season-high in confidence, with 83 percent of fans believing that the team was heading in the right direction after the team’s win over the Green Bay Packers. That dropped to 69 percent following Sunday’s loss to the Saints.
Fan confidence proved resilient during the worst of their losing streak. That suggests that (at least some) fans believed that their losses weren’t an indication in the overall direction of the team. It’s certainly possible that the Giants’ youth and injuries have hidden their true talent level. Tankathon currently lists the Giants as having the fifth-most draft capital in the NFL, and the opportunity to add top talent could be a springboard for success in 2024 and beyond.
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