Everything the New York Giants have suffered through has finally come to a point. The organization has lost touch with the fan base and have hired their third head coach in four years with Joe Judge taking over, but there’s reason for hope. Judge has begun hiring his coaching staff, a group of unknown individuals who have proven their worth over time in different positions.
Factor in the $80+ million in cap space and valuable draft capital, and you can justify giving Judge and the Giants a third chance at success. However, this offseason is more critical than most, and its success relies on Judge doing his due diligence on every player before settling on any decisions ahead of free agency.
The New York Giants won’t sleep in free agency:
Despite the ongoing talent evals, several players are favorites for the Giants to pursue. Remember, some have already stated that they prefer to land on a winning team, as Jadeveon Clowney so happily expressed after losing to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The Giants, unfortunately, are no winning team, but hey, they have lots of money and dedicated fans! Despite the losing record and demoralized fan-base, some players can’t avoid the allure of New York City, a place where players either thrive and are engraved into the Empire State Building, or fall into the East River, Ice Man style.
One player that seems keen on considering Big Blue in free agency is Yannick Ngakoue, one of the league’s best pass rushers.
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Yannick posting a picture of Lawrence Taylor might be an indication of where he intends on playing in 2020, and he’d be bringing a ton of production with him. In 2019, Ngakoue earned 8.0 sacks, 41 total tackles, four forced fumbles, one interception, 15 QB hits, and 13 tackles for a loss. His statistical output doesn’t seem elite but factoring in the trading of Jalen Ramsey and the demise of the Jaguars last season, and it’s hard to justify his season.
If the Giants also re-sign Markus Golden, who finished with 10.0 sacks, they could be in a great position moving into 2020. If they bring in Yannick and draft a player like Isaiah Simmons, the defense could be stocked full of defensive talent. However, knowing GM Dave Gettleman, the reality we seek will most certainly not be the reality we endure.