After our divisional season review podcasts, we are now looking to the future and asking where each franchise goes from here. We put ourselves in the chair of being GM or the owner and going over what moves we would make in order to win a Superbowl, make the playoffs or just regain some pride…
Today we take a look at the New York Football Giants.
Don’t forget to check out the NFC East podcast where we talked to Jack Humphrey and got their thoughts on them!
How Did Last Season Go?
Overall, not great from a neutral’s point of views but I guess it depends on whether your ask the pro Eli fans or those against.
The Saquon Barkley pick will be debated until the cows come home. The attempts to beef up the offensive line didn’t work out how they would have liked in terms of being able to run the ball and I don’t think you can say the defence gave it their all 100% of the time. 1-7 before the bye looks awful on paper but a few games (especially the Carolina game) in another year would’ve gone the way of the G Men. An Overtime win vs the Bears was the eyebrow raiser of the schedule and actually went 4-4 after the bye to finish with a 5-11 record, 4th in the East. Saquon Barkley, The offence was actually 11th in terms of yardage gained on offence, but that was mainly due to their bottom 10 ranked defence and the Giants generally chasing games. Not a great start for the tenure of new GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur who were under scrutiny from the draft.
The Giants own the 6th pick in the first round along with picks 17, 37, 95, 108, 133, 142, 143, 171, 180, 232 and 245. A lot of picks there as some are compensatory picks and some are from the Odell Beckham trade.
Cap wise, they are spending over $20m in to the black hole pocket of Eli Manning and are eating a lot more cap paying for Beckham to be on the Browns. In terms of free cap space, at this moment they have just under $12m.
Odell Beckham, Olivier Vernon both leave New York in trades. Landon Collins was too rich for the blood of New York and is the other notable name out of the door.
Jabrill Peppers and Kevin Zeitler (trades) along with Golden Tate, Markus Golden, Antone Bethea also in through the door.
Outlook for Next Year
Their dealings in Tennessee could make or break their offseason and will determine their outlook for 2019 in terms of how successful it was but there will be many giants out there who will feel it is already unsalvageable. There are a wide range of outcomes in the 2019 draft for the Giants so get your popcorn ready if you are a fan of the G Men. There is no doubt that every move they make in the next year or two will be under a big microscope which will always circle back to their stud running back taken at #2 last year. Almost feels like the wait to find out whether that was the right move will take longer than the waiting between season 7 and 8 for Game of Thrones (cant wait by the way…).
On the field, having just re-signed Sterling Shepard to a 4 year, $41m deal (the Patriots were having a sniff), the extra picks gained in their trades has helped to work some big contracts off the books have many Giants protractors of Gettleman quietening down just a smidgen so you could call this a remodelling of the team which will take a few years for it to manifest. This team isn’t built to make a playoff push and could quite easily have a 3rd top 10 pick in a row come the 2020 draft, where they may strike for their successor to Eli Manning.
That said, it isn’t a particularly strong NFC East with question marks everywhere. Saquon Barkley should continue his early dominance in the league but passing wise, they are not going to pull up any trees and could be quite limited, just like this season. Evan Engram should return to a bit more production as seen in his rookie year unless the Giants are busy adding to their offence in the Draft.
Battle for the wooden spoon between them and the Redskins in the East I feel. I think the Giants max out at 6 or 7 wins if everything goes their way. Matchups vs the AFC East and NFC North isn’t the worst combination in the world and also face the Bucs and Cardinals due to their 4th place finish last season.
Eli Manning – is not a fantasy football QB
Saquon Barkley – pretty much the consensus #1 overall pick. PPR monster again this season
Sterling Shepard – 7th-8th Round – Low WR2 ceiling
Golden Tate – not too far after Sterling Shepard – WR3 ceiling
Evan Engram – 6-7th Round – mid TE1 with upside.