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The Saquon Barkley question hangs over Giants’ offseason

A sea change could be about to come to the New York Giants at running back, depending on what happens this offseason with superstar back Saquon Barkley.

Even if the Giants go forward with Barkley, they are likely to have to add running back depth in free agency or the draft. It was clear in 2023 that they don’t have enough.

Without Barkley? The approach would likely be running back by committee. Question is, who would be on that committee? Gray is the only back on the roster who looks like he might have a chance to be a productive part of a committee, and that is hardly a certainty. So, if the Giants move on without Barkley there will be a lot of work to do to construct an effective committee to replace him.

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2024 NFL Free Agency Rankings: Running backs | PFF

There’s no doubt Barkley’s highs are as high as any running back in the game, but the position market is a tricky landscape to navigate in 2024, especially with his missing extended time in three out of the past four seasons.

The good news for Barkley and all free agent running backs this offseason is that the 2024 running back draft class is not perceived to be strong.

Giants will get an up close look at the top QB’s in the 2024 Class at the Senior Bowl

Giants coaching staff: Is OC Mike Kafka next to leave? What’s going on in hunt for new DC? | The Athletic

Kafka is a long shot for a head-coaching job, but it’s still possible he’ll leave the Giants this offseason. The Giants can block interviews for a lateral move, but if another team wants Kafka as OC and he’s interested in the opportunity, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s granted permission. So there’s still a chance Daboll will replace all three coordinators this offseason.

Losing Kafka wouldn’t have nearly as big of an impact as the departure of Martindale since the Giants have been running Daboll’s offense for the past two seasons. It would be a smooth transition to promote Tierney to offensive coordinator, with Daboll likely taking over as the play caller.

Tiki defends Brian Daboll amid reports of unhappy coaches | WFAN.com

“I keep hearing these nonsense takes, ‘It’s an indictment on Brian Daboll that Mike Kafka might not be here,’” Tiki said. “Maybe Mike Kafka just wasn’t good here, and it was more of an indictment on Mike Kafka. Same thing with [special teams coordinator Thomas] McGaughey.”

“The narrative of ‘This sounds like trouble for the Giants because Daboll has problems with his coordinators,’ maybe the coordinators sucked in those moments!” Tiki said. “You should have a problem with them. I’m serious.”

An Early Look at Senior Bowl Prospects to Watch for New York Giants | Sports Illustrated

Kentucky RB Ray Davis has that old-school running style that Giants fans haven’t seen since Brandon Jacobs and will likely be an early day-three pick. If he can showcase a little more as a receiver in Mobile, he can help his draft stock. Davis had plenty of catches, but those were almost exclusively behind the line of scrimmage; the Senior Bowl will likely have him run more routes downfield.

Osi promoting the International Player Pathway Plan

2023 NFL All-Rookie Team: Lions, Rams each boast four selections | NFL.com

C John Michael Schmitz. The scrappy pivot performed well as a first-year starter in the middle of the Giants' line. Schmitz's intelligence, athleticism and competitiveness showed up repeatedly as he held his own against the monstrous nose tackles opposite him.

Previewing the NFL’s offseason QB market: Who’ll be on the move? Which teams need a new arm in 2024? | NFL.com

New York handed Daniel Jones $40 million per year after the team enjoyed a surprisingly successful season in 2022, then saw the entire operation revert to the nightmarish times of the pre-Brian Daboll era. Jones couldn’t stay healthy, and when he was able to play, he rarely had time to operate. Did the Giants make a colossal mistake in paying the former No. 6 overall pick? Or do they just need a better offensive line to help him produce? 2024 will be pivotal when it comes to answering these questions, which will determine the franchise’s course for years to come.

Highlights from Kayvon Thibodeaux’s second year

5 bold predictions for the Giants’ 2024 offseason | SNY.tv

The top five safety salaries in 2023 were all over $16 million per year, according to overthecap.com, topping out at $19 million for Derwin James of the Chargers. It remains to be seen how much McKinney will get, but he made his case with his season, which ended with a two-pick game against Philadelphia.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks start over with first-year coach, rookie QB | CBSSports.com

Giants: Malik Nabers WR. Upgrading the offense has to be a priority this offseason. It does not seem that the team will be in a position to land a top rookie quarterback, so it is business as usual in the Big Apple. How can the Giants create positive change given the current limitations? Add a dynamic piece to the offense.

Around the league

Raiders agree to terms with Antonio Pierce to become full-time head coach | NFL.com

Report: Tom Coughlin consulting with Antonio Pierce on filling out Raiders staff | Pro Football Talk

Chargers interviewing Mike Vrabel for head-coaching job; Falcons, Seahawks also interested | The Athletic

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan won't alter coin-toss strategy vs. Packers, QB Jordan Love | NFL.com

Post-Rodgers, Packers’ Matt LaFleur thrives with Jordan Love | ESPN.com

Ravens activate WR Devin Duvernay, DB Ar'Darius Washington but not TE Mark Andrews | Pro Football Talk

Bills ask fans to shovel stadium ahead of playoff game vs. Chiefs for $20 an hour | CBSSports.com

Kadarius Toney, Justyn Ross questionable for Chiefs-Bills | Pro Football Talk

Bills WR Gabe Davis, S Taylor Rapp ruled out vs. Chiefs | ESPN.com

Kirk Cousins wouldn't 'turn down' chance to play for Bill Belichick, explains what makes him a 'great coach' | CBSSports.com

Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy tells fans to ‘buy into us’ after being retained as coach for next season | The Athletic

Eagles Nick Sirianni must answer some difficult questions in meeting with Jeffrey Lurie | NJ.com

Bill O’Brien joins Ryan Day’s Ohio State staff as OC | ESPN.com

Twenty additional players granted special eligibility for 2024 NFL Draft for total of 54 players | NFL.com

NFL Scouting Combine to remain in Indianapolis in 2025 | NFL.com

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