If you’re a New York Giants fan, you’re definitely jumping for joy right now.
The New York Giants are cool again! GM Dave Gettleman has finally made a big move in free agency! Daniel Jones is finally getting help! Because seriously, who really thought Brandon Marshall and the corpse of Golden Tate III would be a real weapon for free agents? Outside of the draft, the Giants haven’t really tried to bolster their need for true playmakers on the offensive side of football. Add to that the fact that Gettleman (damn it) got rid of the Giants’ biggest star, Odell Beckham Jr. and the stone hands of Evan Engram still have a job!
But don’t worry, Giants fans. Help is on the way. Kenny Golladay, the biggest fish in the free agency pond this year, chose New York. The Giants now have the right No. 1 option for their aerial attack, and as a controversial catch specialist, Golladay is a perfect complement to the Giants’ young gunslinger, Daniel Jones. After him, New York also added Stone Hands insurance with the aging but stable Kyle Rudolph.
The Giants also decided to build on last year’s success on defense and upgrade on all fronts. After losing Dalvin Tomlinson, they may get Leonard Williams back, and Adoree Jackson will play reserve.
After this avalanche of signatures, they only need one thing. Unfortunately, it’s the same thing fans have been asking for for years: offensive help.
The Giants did themselves no favors in this regard, preferring to get rid of the (relatively) solid Mountaineer Kevin Zeitler. Sure, he’s 31 and worth $10 million, but Big Blue hasn’t replaced him with measurable talent either, and that hurts. Zeitler was one of the few bright spots on the team’s offensive line after the sad saga of Ereck Flowers, whose development was stunted, and the Giants made very little progress with him last year.
With any luck, Andrew Thomas’ fourth annual compilation won’t be limited to the highlights we all saw in the second half of last year. With Zeitler gone, he and the others will have to mature quickly if they want to protect Daniel Jones, who was plagued by injuries for most of last year. If the Giants want hard data on how their young quarterback is doing in this critical third year as a pro, the offensive line simply has to get better.
After the first two weeks of Free Agency, there aren’t many names left on the board. It doesn’t matter. More than likely, the Giants will try to replace Zeitler on the raft this year. As a defender, Zeitler was at a lower position as teams clearly put more pressure on the rim. If this is the case, it is clear that replacing his services with a versatile newcomer would be a good way to achieve immediate growth and performance in this area.
The 2021 NFL Draft is also full of talent. Pena Sewell of Oregon State University is considered the number one talent in the OL draft, but will likely be chosen well before the 12th. But if the Giants can get their hands on USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker or Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater, both of whom are considered talented projects, they will bolster the line in a very cost-effective way.
Danny Dimes has a sword. It’s time to finally give him the shield he so desperately needs with the Giants.
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