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Expecting the Giants to be a playoff team in 2019 might be a stretch. Why? Because they have injected a ton of youth at important positions and are unproven in live-action.
While players like DeAndre Baker, Julian Love, Dexter Lawrence and more are primed to be influential rookies, knowing if they will succeed or not is simply impossible at this time. The secondary is completely rebuilt and will likely be filled with holes and inexperience.
The defensive line is good in some facets, but if we look at the outside linebacker unit specifically, you can see that there’s a ton of uncertainty. Relying on Markus Golden, a player who hasn’t had a productive season in three years and is coming off a major injury, is ludicrous. Expecting Oshane Ximines to blossom into a star coming out of a bottom-tier division one school also doesn’t make much sense.
This is certainly a negative viewpoint, but some might call this realistic. In a perfect world, the Giants will get some sort of production out of Ximines and Golden will revert back to his past self where he racked up 12.5 sacks in a single season and forced four fumbles.
It will be interesting to see how they develop and if they can be as good Dave Gettleman seems to think they are.
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