NFL: New York Giants Offseason Suggestions
As we now head into the offseason, every team has their specific plans for the upcoming season. With the new NFL season around 2 weeks from opening, it’s time to dive into some teams. I give my best suggestions for what they should be trying to get done this offseason. We’ve gone over 2 teams from the AFC. Now we switch to the NFC and look at the New York Giants.
The Giants had 1 of the worst years in the history of their franchise. Nothing can summarize the Giants season more than them losing their top 4 WRs. All within 1 game! 3 of those 4 being gone for the year. The defense broke down physically and mentally. For them to recover, they may not need much more than health. Nevertheless, there are a couple important areas that definitely need improving.
And with that, let’s get to my New York Giants Offseason Suggestions:
OT, Nate Solder – This will not be an easy task as Solder is not only the best LT available, but he is arguably the only one worth any significant money. The New York Giants need multiple pieces on the offensive line. However, with Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg both being free agents and the other 3 spots playing below average, their team was dead before the year started. Re-signing Pugh and Richburg, and signing Solder, while moving Ereck Flowers to RT would fix most of the issues.
G, Andrew Norwell – If they are unable to re-sign Pugh, getting Norwell would be a huge addition. It would be a huge mistake if the Panthers let go of arguably their best lineman, who is only 26. However, he will get a hefty raise this offseason. He will also, definitely, get the temptation to take his services elsewhere. If the Giants could work it out financially, it would be great to have both Pugh and Norwell. In fact, it’s more likely they hope to just leave the offseason with 1 of them.
Pick 2 – Saquan Barkley – The reason I’m saying a position and not a player is because it’s anyone’s guess of where the CBs will go in this year’s draft. I’ve seen all 3 of the guys I have at the top of my CB board all possible falling to the Titans. My #1 guy is Joshua Jackson from Iowa, #2 is Denzel Ward from Ohio State, and #3 is Mike Hughes from UCF. Any of the 3 could come in and play outside in Nickel packages, which would allow Logan Ryan to slide inside to the slot, a more comfortable spot for him.
Pick 34 –Offensive Line – Depending on what they get in free agency, they could go either OT or G here. If they want to go, guard, guys like Billy Price or Isaiah Wynn should be there. While if they decide to go OT, they should have a solid list of guys to choose from, whether it’s Kolton Miller, Chukwuma Okorafor, or Brian O’Neill.
Pick 66 – Edge Josh Sweat – As I’ve stated in other articles, I feel the level of pass rushers you get late in round 1, will be the same level you get in round 3. Josh Sweat is a talented pass rusher who has not reached his ceiling yet. With the Giants seemingly switching to a 3-4 defense, they will need more LBs who can rush the passer. One other position that they will definitely look at is ILB.
Most people are expecting the New York Giants to take their future franchise quarterback, which may easily happen. However, I think this is still a win-now team. Their defense is 1 year removed from being a top 10, if not top 5 defense, and their offense can be easily catapulted near to the top of the league with a couple of offensive linemen and just flat-out healthy WRs. Eli Manning still has a couple of years in him. Some say Manning’s time has come. However, the year he had with the obstacles he had, show differently.
Long story, short, the New York Giants are trying to flip what was a horrendous year into a new beginning. They have a new Head Coach in Pat Shurmur and a new General Manager in Dave Gettleman. Both of those guys were part of NFL organizations who made the playoffs last 2 years so they know how to get things done. Now they will combine their efforts to turn around the New York Football Giants, something easier said than done, but definitely attainable.