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Which undrafted free agents have the best chance of making the New York Giants’ 2023 roster? That is the topic explored on the latest ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast, with the help of Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan.
Hunt, who also works for CBS Sports and authors the annual Football Gameplan Draft Guide, has a deep knowledge of largely obscure NFL prospects that makes him perfect for this discussion. The conversation focused on four players — West Virginia wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Washington safety Alex Cook, East Carolina tight end Ryan Jones and Toledo inside linebacker Dyontae Johnson.
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From Big Blue View
- POLL: Which undrafted player do you think has best chance to make Giants roster?
- Mark Glowinski is the veteran on Giants’ young offensive line
- Wide receiver numbering system explained
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The Giants usually only use their indoor practice facility in the event of rain or snow. But on Thursday, they’ll be forced inside by something else — smoke.
SI.com's Albert Beer does not think Giants are Super Bowl contenders this year, but expectations can start to grow in the near future.
You have a really solid combination of coach and GM, and your roster suddenly has a really promising young core—with Daniel Jones, Andrew Thomas, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal, Azeez Ojulari and Xavier McKinney in the middle of it (and hopefully guys like Deonte Banks becoming big parts of it). You should be faster at receiver and more balanced as a roster.
But this was always going to take a couple years, to get the roster where Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll really want it. So I’d say another year of fighting tooth-and-nail to get in the playoffs in 2023, with the team ready to make the leap into true contention in ‘24 (with the big variable being how Jones plays on a new contract at quarterback).
Ten Giants veterans with something to prove: Xavier McKinney, Adoree’ Jackson and more | The Athletic
With mandatory minicamp next week and the end of the OTAs approaching, Charlotte Carroll offers the veterans who have something to prove this season: S Xavier McKinney, CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Darnay Holmes, DL Leonard Williams, WRs Parris Campbell, Isaiah Hodgins and Sterling Shepard, and Gs Ben Bredeson, Shane Lemieux and Mark Glowinski.
The New York Giants have three young players set to break out in 2023, including rookie running back Eric Gray, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins and linebacker Azeez Ojulari. On Gray,
There’s a massive difference in athleticism between Barkley and Gray, but that doesn’t mean Gray doesn’t have solid backup or low-end starting potential. If the Giants’ offensive line is as improved as hoped with Ben Bredeson back at left guard and rookie center John Michael Schmitz slotted in, Gray has to show he can do the job if Barkley isn’t in the team’s long-term plans.
To NFL analyst Chris Simms, the value Daniel Jones provides the Giants goes beyond the numbers.
“When I got done with [watching] Daniel Jones, I was like, ‘He maximizes every throw.’ And rarely do you go, ‘He left points or yards on the field in this football game.’ It’s almost the exact opposite,” said Simms.
New York Giants: Their gamble on intriguing-but-still-not-established quarterback Daniel Jones comes up snake eyes as the 2019 No. 6 overall pick fails to throw more than 15 touchdown passes for a fourth consecutive season.
NFL WR & TE rankings: Cowboys struggles, Commanders optimism and the impact of accuracy | The Athletic
At 14, Giants’ Darius Slayton could be on the rise after boosting his reception percentage by 20 percentage points from 2021 to 2022. Parris Campbell is the only other Giant on the roster ranked in the top 100, coming in at 87.
20. Giants: Azeez Ojulari, edge
Original pick: Kadarius Toney, WR
Originally the 50th pick of the Giants, Ojulari moves up 30 spots. He’s been a terrific piece of New York’s front seven, racking up 13.5 sacks as well as four forced fumbles. Alongside edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, the Giants have talent galore along the line.
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