The New York Giants entered the 2018 offseason as one of the most underwhelming and disastrous franchises in professional football. Their grapple with success has been a five year ordeal, ever since the Super Bowl win in 2012.
The Giants and former incompetent general manager, Jerry Reese, were lost in a state of trance. A place where only skill players made sense on draft day and where offensive lineman came to die. A massive spending spree that solved the issues on defense only forced the offense to operate with less than adequate talent. Head coach Ben McAdoo filled the stadium with fans holding signs that expressed vulgar verbiage towards the spiraling coach.
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The team was in disarray, and owner John Mara knew something had to be done. The firing of Reese and McAdoo followed shortly after the benching of Eli Manning. Fast forward a few weeks and former Carolina GM Dave Gettleman was now leading the Giants into the most important offseason since 2004.
The consensus was that Big Blue would either address the quarterback position in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, or they would take running back Saquon Barkley. The team had immediate issues at the running back and offensive line positions. Protecting Eli Manning was a priority going into the offseason, so by logic, keeping him safe and calm in the pocket would be the expectation in 2018.
How did the Giants do that?
They chose Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick… The Penn State star isn’t only a running back, but he’s a receiver and premier blocker. At 234 pounds, Barkley acquires the ability to stop a linebacker in their tracks, and also swing out to the slot receiver position and run perfect routes. Taking Barkley at No. 2 didn’t just address the running back corps, but it also added value to the WR unit and Manning’s protection.
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The value the young RB brings to the Giants will be essential to their game-plan for years to come, and his versatility on the field is what ultimately forced Gettleman to draft him.