The Giants have one extremely underrated unit on offense

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The New York Giants are still in need of several key pieces to bolster their playoff aspirations and advance toward Super Bowl contention. One of the more underrated units on the team is the wide receiver group, which received a significant upgrade this off-season with the addition of Malik Nabers.

Selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft, Nabers brings exceptional talent from LSU, where he amassed 1,568 yards and 14 touchdowns with a 69.5% reception rate this past season. At just 20 years old, he was the youngest among the top three receivers in the draft and was considered by many as the top option, even ahead of Marvin Harrison Jr., who was picked by the Arizona Cardinals.

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Nabers alone significantly enhances the Giants’ offensive capabilities, especially for the quarterback, who may be in his final year to prove himself as the franchise leader. Coming off an ACL tear and battling some persistent bad habits, the odds are stacked against Jones, but with Nabers, he receives one last chance to demonstrate his worth.

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The inclusion of Nabers is expected to draw significant attention from opposing secondaries, which will also benefit other receivers like Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson, Jalin Hyatt, and Isaiah Hodgins.

Slayton, who has been the team’s leading receiver in recent seasons, notched 769 yards and four touchdowns last year. Despite seeking a contract extension and holding out of voluntary team activities, the Giants opted to add $650K in incentives to his current contract, hinting at a likely departure after the 2024 season.

Wan’Dale Robinson, at 23 years old and coming off ACL surgery, returned last season to post 525 yards and a touchdown, demonstrating his prowess in short-range plays with his burst and agility. Meanwhile, Jalin Hyatt, known for his exceptional speed, aims to improve after a disappointing rookie season hampered by poor offensive line play and instability at quarterback.

Isaiah Hodgins, serving as a reliable first reserve, contributed 230 yards and three touchdowns last season, proving his worth in the red zone. The presence of Nabers not only enhances the capabilities of the Giants’ receiving corps but also allows other players to exploit mismatches more effectively.

With Nabers as a top target and potentially competent offensive line play, there should be no excuses left for the quarterback’s performance, setting the stage for a transformative season for the Giants’ offense.

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