Can the Giants have a winning 2021?
It has been a tough few years for the New York Giants and their fanbase with the loss of Odell Beckham Jr & the swift decline of Eli Manning amid four straight losing seasons but heading into the second season under the stewardship of Joe Judge, there are signs for optimism.
The Giants finished the 2020 season with a record of 6-10, two wins better off than the 2019 season and just one win away from a playoff place due to the lack of a quality team in NFC East. This all going down without Saquon Barkley (ACL tear week 2) and with Daniel Jones in his first full season as starting quarterback but the 23 year old showed signs of improvement from his rookie year and if he can show signs of growth again in 2021 the Giants will be well placed to make a playoff return.
Jones was forced to rush more in his sophomore season due to the loss of Barkley and showed he is more than capable of utilizing that part of the game on a consistent basis. A crucial third season awaits Jones and the Giants appear to be giving him a final test to prove he is a winning quarterback and capable of bringing the team forward. The Giants have gone 'all in' in an attempt to grasp the initiative in the NFC East and provide Jones with the best offense to prove himself.
They have added wide receiver Kenny Golladay who should help Jones and the offense at all three levels of the field. At 6'4, 214 pounds he adds much need size and physicality to the offense to go with his track record of success in Detroit. They also added veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph, who should add help as both a receiver and a blocker and former first round receiver John Ross, add to this a healthy Saquon Barkley and you have one hell of an offense.
While the Giants have done some great work in free agency the draft is still to come and the Giants will be picking at no.11 in the first round. Despite the signings of Golladay and Ross the mock draft still has the Giants selecting a wide receiver in the first round. After that focus must turn to the trenches, both offensively & defensively.
They have not replaced Kevin Zeitler and while their focus will be on a wide receiver in the first round, day 2 will see a switch of focus to defense.
Return of Saquon Barkley:
Saquon Barkley has been New Yorks main offensive threat since being drafted by the Giants at no.2 in the 2018 draft so losing him after just two games last season was a killer blow but that didn't stop the team earning their best record since 2016. So adding Barkley back to the offense your likely bringing in minimum 1300 rushing yards, 700+ receiving yards and 10+ touchdowns. Pundits and opposing teams alike have probably forgotten just how explosive Saquon is and he will remind the world in 2021.
Nobody knows how the NFC East will line up next season but the Eagles are in disarray, Washington have a quality defense but Ryan Fitzpatrick pulling the strings on offense and yeah the Cowboys have Dak Prescott but Dallas always find a way to underwhelm.
The Giants have seen an opportunity to jump to the top of their division and have made aggressive moves to make sure that 2021 is a winning return to post season football!