Will the New York Giants regret not making any moves at the deadline?

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Joe Judge
Oct 4, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on the sidelines during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants stood pat at the trade deadline on November 3, electing to retain all of their players and refraining from giving any away.

In 2019, the Giants were a bit more active, sending a third and fifth-round pick for Leonard Williams, which has since proven to result in just three wins. With the Giants in a state of rebuild, giving away draft capital was never an ideal situation, which is actually what general manager Dave Gettleman did.

Of course, the Leonard Williams debate is an ongoing one for fans and analysts, but the good news this year is that Gettleman wasn’t allowed to spend any draft capital on new players.

The hiring of head coach Joe Judge has seemed to change the background noise within the Giants’ organization. Chris Mara, the Vice President of Player Evaluation for Big Blue, has quietly had a significant voice behind the scenes, which has affected their personal decisions and leadership.

However, after years of malpractice and disfranchisement, the Giants are finally taking a step in the right direction with her disciplinarian and accountable actions.

Judge has simply implemented new tactics, which require everyone to be on the same page, and the personnel decisions have been left to the coaching staff, so it seems. Gettleman and has been more of a relationship GM this year, allowing defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to handpick his players, fitting his scheme to perfection.

On offense, the Giants are a bit more strapped, Twas they didn’t imagine losing Saquon Barkley for the entire season and Sterling Shepard for multiple weeks. Of course, you can’t predict Evan Engram’s drops and Andrew Thomas’ struggles.

Based on the available personnel, the Giants have lost their last three games by a total of six points, indicating that they are close to being a winning football team, even though they are lagging behind on offense. Against Tampa Bay, Garrett called a fantastic game, showing off his creativity and imaginative spirit.

The fact that Big Blue didn’t make any rash decisions at the deadline is a sign of progress, as retaining their draft capital and available money is essential to our growth. The only player that was reportedly shopped was veteran wide receiver Golden Tate, based on his exorbitant contract. He’s being paid $10 million this season and luckily has an out in his contract in 2021, which will count him $4.7 million in dead cap.

The Giants won the deadline simply because they didn’t acquire any players, as the return on some of their value simply wouldn’t be ideal at this point in the season. A 1-7 team selling mediocre players is not appealing, but Judge did say that they took far more calls than they sent out.

Other teams were calling for foundational players like TE Evan Ingram, but the Giants elected to stick with their guys and move forward with their established process.