What does the Giants’ future look like?

Brendan Conniff, Writer

After the New York Giants fell to 0-2 with losses to the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, Giants fans are beginning to question how prepared the organization truly is for the future. The Giants have been in rebuilding mode for the past 3-4 years. During this time, the Giants have made numerous advantageous and questionable decisions. One good decision was drafting Saquon Barkley, who is now arguably the best running back in the league. The Giants also signed Antoine Bethea this offseason who is a good safety and helps the Giants struggling secondary. However, the negatives outweigh the positives as far as tactical moves go.  For starters, the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers in 2015, who was supposed to aid the Giants offensive line in a huge way. He is now considered one of the worst linemen in the league and is played guard on the rival Redskins. Another questionable decision was drafting Daniel Jones this year with the 6th pick in the draft. While it is still very early in the season, Jones has yet to prove himself worthy of the 6th pick. However, during the preseason and at the end of the Cowboys week 1 loss, Jones did show promise and gave some hope to Giants fans. AT the number 6 pick, the Giants could have taken linebackers such as Josh Allen or Ed Oliver who will develop into star linebackers over the years. The most glaringly questionable decision is by far the Giants trading away top 5 wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. While Odell was considered a “cancer” on the Giants, the amount we received for him does not add up to his talent. The Giants could have definitely found a much better trade for him. 

Starting with the offense, we will go through the four major positions, Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, and Tight End. Looking at the quarterback, while Eli Manning is a future hall of famer, winning two super bowls with the Giants, his age has finally caught up to him and he is now considered one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. He has thrown countless interceptions and the young defenses in the league are starting to tear away at him. That being said, we do have rookie Daniel Jones. While he has not had the chance to prove himself, I dare say he is the future. Although there are better quarterbacks in college currently that the Giants could have waited on, namely Tua Tagivaoila and Trevor Lawrence to name just two,  we will just have to see what Daniel Jones can do. On to running backs. There is no question Saquon Barkley is the future of the Giants. In his rookie season, he went to the pro bowl and won the offensive rookie of the year. This year, which will be his second year, he has been running wild, but he is the only major weapon on the offensive. As of right now, he is on pace for a hall of fame career. Next up, wide receivers. After trading Odell Beckham Jr, analysts wondered who would fill his spot. There is the young star Sterling Shepard who was drafted in 2016, who has shown great talent behind Odell over the years. With Odell gone, he has the chance to show what he is really made out of. There is also our free agent that we signed in Golden Tate. Tate has played for the Seattle Seahawks and Detriot Lions and has been the Wr1 on both teams. Fans are hoping that he can be the same for the Giants, however he is currently serving a 4-game suspension and is also in his 30’s which means he is on the back end of his career. I think the only way the Giants will come across new receiver talent will be through the draft. Finally, for tight ends, we have Evan Engram who is a top ten tight end in the league. He was drafted in 2017 and he has been a perfect fit for the Giants. Engram will also have a big chance to prove himself and so far he has. In week 1, he led the Giants with 158 yards and a touchdown. With Tate suspended and Shepard dealing with a concussion, he is the number one receiving option in New York and hopefully he continues to develop over the years.

As for the defense, we are in some serious trouble. Our defensive line is just atrocious. After trading away excellent pass rushers and run stuffers in Damon Harrison and Oliver Vernon, the Giants are fighting back to fill their spots. The second year linemen Bj Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson have been good fill-ins, however we need more and, once again, I think the only way to acquire that talent will be via the draft. As for our linebackers we have one good veteren linebacker in Alec Ogeltree and a bunch of young late round rookies and second year players who also have yet to prove themselves. Our main problem is our secondary. We made smart moves in signing Antoine Bethea, receiving safety Jabril Peppers from the Odell Beckham trade and drafting the number one cornerback in the draft, Deandre Baker. And all of these players get to team up with our best corner over the years in Janoris Jenkins. However, for some reason, the secondary has been our biggest problem. Even in the first two weeks of the season, a problem clearly is evident as the Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills picked apart the secondary.

While the present looks bleak, the future is bright. Yes, the Giants are one of the worst teams in the league currently but they will get a hefty load of talent out of their top 5 picks in the upcoming drafts. Also, as older players in the league, such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees retire, it will be time for the Giants to strike like they have in years past and go back to their winning ways.