New York Giants injury update | 2 players the team could claim after roster cut-downs

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants trimmed their roster down to 53-men on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean moves won’t be made over the next week. With every NFL team cutting players, the Giants will scour the waiver wire and free-agent market for potential solutions at positions of weakness, notably on the offensive line and tight end groups.

In the meantime, some of their own players are working their way back from injury and preparing for Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

New York Giants injury update:

The Giants held a walk-through practice on Tuesday while the team was cutting players and executing trades to bring in more OL talent. Head coach Joe Judge indicated that they will likely place a few players on the PUP list ahead of the season, which would force them out until Week 7.

Luckily, the Giants had several players participate in practice, including Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross. Judge said that the team wouldn’t have a decision on Barkley until game week, which is only a few days away.

As for Golladay, they will see where he is next week, but the good news is that they still have time on their side. As per Dan Duggan of The Athletic, left guard Shane Lemieux has a partially torn patellar tendon, but he is fighting through and trying to avoid surgery. That is a primary reason the Giants traded for Ben Bredeson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens.

Toney is slowly working his way back from Covid related stamina issues, but he is expected to be available for the team’s Week 1 matchup against Denver.

Two players the Giants could claim:

TE: Jacob Hollister

With Evan Engram suffering a calf injury in the final preseason game against the New England Patriots, the Giants could target former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots TE Jacob Hollister. Hollister spent this off-season with the Buffalo Bills and was surprisingly released on Tuesday afternoon. At 6’4″ and 245-pounds, Hollister has recorded 558 yards and six touchdowns over his last two seasons in Seattle. Having played in 27 games, starting in eight, he is an experienced tight end that could offer value as the TE4 on the Giants behind Engram, Kaden Smith, and Kyle Rudolph.

OL: Carson Green

One player who will be sought after on the waiver wire is Houston Texans’ offensive tackle Carson Green. The 6’6″, 320-pound undrafted free agent had a solid preseason, playing in 87 snaps and allowing just one QB hit and one pressure.

With the Giants trading for Billy Price and Bredeson, they are in the market for more tackle depth, and Green could offer them a solid developmental player who’s looked good this preseason. Green is primarily a right tackle, a position that is unresolved as Nate Solder and Matt Peart are both gunning for starting reps against Denver.

New York Giants: Stock up and stock down in pre-season loss to Jets

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The New York Giants fell to the New York Jets in the first preseason game of the 2021 season. With both teams looking to deploy their reserves to gauge value with roster cuts quickly coming up, this game was littered with secondary talent.

The Giants gave quarterback Daniel Jones the night off, sending their first-team offensive line out for the first drive to test their resiliency. The Giants only managed to score once, courtesy of a Clayton Thorson touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Damion Wills.

However, let’s take a look at a few players that saw their stock rise or fall.

New York Giants stock movements:

Stock up:

1.) David Sills

Sills was one of the top performers for the Giants on the night, recording three receptions for 49 yards, including a 37-yard completion. Overall, he displayed solid hands and great releases off the line of scrimmage, providing yet another reason for him to earn a spot on the 53 man roster.

2.) Carter Coughlin

Coughlin is making the transition to weak-side linebacker, alongside Blake Martinez. Coughlin picked up five tackles, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. He was flying all over the field, making plays in the running game, and also picking up a sack against Jets quarterback Mike White.

3.) Danny Shelton

Danny Shelton made a nice play against Ty Johnson to cause a turnover on downs. The Jets tried an inside zone run with Johnson, but Shelton clogged the gap with his massive frame.

4.) Corey Clement

Clement looked fantastic for the Giants before a red-zone fumble. Those are a big no-no for offensive coordinators, but Clement picked up 32 yards on five carries, averaging 6.4 per attempt. He had some burst on his runs and showcased some strength, and while the fumble is a bit problematic, he has solid value the Giants can expand upon.

5.) Sandro Platzgummer

Platzgummer is a practice squad member for the Giants, and he’s likely headed for that same reality this season. Despite pulling off a 48-yard scamper, picking up 51 yards on four carries, he simply doesn’t provide enough value as a receiver to earn a spot on the roster. However, his solid game increases his stock.

6.) Tae Crowder

Crowder was flying all around the field in the loss to the Jets. Despite only picking up two tackles, he was close to the ball at all times and made an impact that didn’t show on the stat sheet. The Giants are hoping he can be the starting weakside linebacker next to Martinez, and so far, it seems as if it‘s his job to lose.

Stock down:

1.) Rodarius Williams

The sixth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State had a tremendous training camp, but his stock came crashing down after a poor performance against the Jets. The Jets targeted him frequently in pass coverage, but oddly, he featured out of the slot quite a bit when he’s primarily a boundary corner.

While there’s reason for concern, his changing of position likely contributed toward his poor outing.

2.) Clayton Thorson

Giants might want to consider looking for an alternative QB3. When Glennon went down, Thorson took over, posting 72 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked four times and completed just five passes on 16 attempts. There are plenty of other solid developmental players who could likely provide a bit more than Thorson moving forward. Of course, you never want your third-string QB in a football game.

3.) Kenny Wiggins

With Shane Lemieux missing the game and Kyle Murphy knocked out due to injury, Kenny Wiggins virtually play the entire contest. His pass protection was spotty, and run blocking was inefficient. The Giants desperately need more interior depth before things get serious for Daniel Jones.

4.) Matt Peart

The Giants rolled out their first-string offensive line to start the game, and right tackle Matt Peart struggled to get going. Peart was beaten clean off the edge by a Jets pass rusher, and while it will take time for him to gain some momentum, his first showing brought his stock down. There’s plenty of time for him to bounce back in a strong way.

New York Giants Top News: Devontae Booker’s big role, Kenny Golladay represents more than just a WR1

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The New York Giants are planning to ease star running back Saquon Barkley into live-action. After suffering a torn ACL, MCL, and partially torn meniscus, prioritizing his health is essential.

With the Giants doing Saquon Barkley as a long-term solution, they made sure to bring in a secondary back to help take the load off early in the 2021 season. The front office signed former Las Vegas Raiders RB Devontae Booker to a two-year, $5.5 million deal. Booker has a dead cap of $2 million this season and a potential out in the 2022 off-season.

Booker is more than capable of handling starting reps if Barkley is forced to miss any time. Last season over 16 games, Booker tallied 423 yards, three touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 84 yards. After fumbling seven times in his first three seasons, he’s only allowed the ball to break loose just once in the past two years.

Most consider him a supplement to Barkley as he finds his way back from injury, but head coach Joe Judge still wants to see the veteran compete during training camp.

Judge stated that Devontae Booker only has himself to worry about, outside of Saquon Barkley’s situation:

“I think Devontae has to worry about himself and not worry about where anybody else is,” Judge said before today’s training camp practice, his first in-person news conference in about 17 months. “We’re going to look to get contributions from all of our players, no matter who is available on the roster. Again, whoever comes to a game for us is going to play, alright? We’re not traveling guys to sit there and watch the game.”

The importance of Kenny Golladay ranges beyond his utility on offense:

The Giants signed Golladay to a four-year, $72 million deal this off-season. He provides quarterback Daniel Jones with a WR1.

Golladay offers something new to quarterback Daniel Jones, a top wide receiver he can depend on regularly. Jones has operated with lackluster talent at times. His top receivers were sterling Shepard and Golden Tate in 2020. Golladay is only one year removed from a Pro Bowl performance, recording 1,190 yards and 11 scores. As a big possession receiver who fits Jason Garrett’s offensive scheme, Golladay will make a significant impact immediately.

Standing at 6’4″ and 214 pounds, Kenny is an elite red-zone threat, a category the Giants struggled in last season. His importance to the offense is directly connected to Daniel Jones, who will undoubtedly reap the rewards of Golladay’s presence.

Ranking the New York Giants’ top 3 defensive players

New York Giants, Blake Martinez, James Bradberry

The New York Giants had one of the most improved defenses in the NFL last season, ranking 9th in total points allowed per game with 22.3. Through the air, they were average, allowing 237.9 yards, but if yards allowed doesn’t translate to points, it is an irrelevant statistic. Their ground game was right in line with their efficiency, allowing 111.4 yards, good for 10th in the NFL. Keep in mind, the unit dealt with injuries all year and a severe lack of talent at the outside linebacker position.

This off-season, they made it a priority to bring in several new pass rushers and bolstered the secondary, which go hand-in-hand toward achieving optimal success. A good secondary is essential when playing Cover-1 and focusing on man coverage. Trusting your corners to get it done on an island allows the defense to send extra blitzers and force mistakes from opposing quarterbacks.

However, the leaders on defense in terms of talent range positionally, and the Giants have several Pro Bowl-caliber athletes at multiple spots, which attests to their balanced strategy.

Ranking the top three players on the New York Giants:

1.) Leonard Williams

The elevation of Leonard Williams has proved to be one of the biggest upgrades on the Giants’ defense (nice one Dave). During his sixth season in the NFL in 2020, the 26-year-old interior defender recorded 11.5 sacks, 57 combined tackles, 30 QB hits, and 40 tackles for a loss. It was by far his best season, thanks to Patrick Graham’s scheme and a reliance on his pass rush moves to impact the game in the trenches. If he can replicate his statistical output this upcoming season, the Giants could easily have a top-five defense in the NFL, and after being paid handsomely for his impact, most are expecting another dominant performance in 2021.

2.) James Bradberry

One of the most lucrative off-season signings the Giants made last season was the acquisition of James Bradberry, a former Carolina Panther and Dave Gettleman draft pick. The lead by example corner had his best season to date, earning a Pro Bowl appearance at 27 years old. Heading into his sixth season in the league, Bradberry recorded three interceptions, a career-high 18 pass breakups, and 54 tackles last season as the Giants’ top defensive back. Having a high-end CB1 is essential for success, and the Giants found a player who is building and not stagnating.

3.) Blake Martinez

While several players could be in contention for the third-best player on the defense, including Logan Ryan and Jabrill Peppers, the impact Blake Martinez had last season cannot go unnoticed.

Martinez recorded a franchise-high 151 tackles, including 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception over 16 games. Having played every single game over the past four seasons, Martinez battled through a lower back injury late in the campaign but still manage to feature as the Giants’ primary middle linebacker. He is their stoic leader in the middle of the field, mitigating big plays at the second level and communicating with the defense as a primary vocalist.

Having set a career-low 6.2% missed tackle rate, Martinez is also enjoying the luxury of Graham’s defensive scheme, which allows him to maneuver freely in the middle of the field and rush the passer on occasion, creating confusion for opposing offenses. He’s essentially the Logan Ryan of the linebacker core and is a key cog in stopping the run.

How would you rank the Giants’ top 3 defenders? Comment below!

The New York Giants have the best type of problem on defense

New York Giants, Patrick Graham

The New York Giants have a great problem brewing on defense, and it’s simply having too much quality talent. With a patchwork secondary last season, coordinator Patrick Graham managed to curate one of the league’s top defensive units, which finished the season ranking in the top 10 in points allowed per game. Having elevated a unit that was expected to be dragging behind the offense, the Giants further bolstered the group this off-season, providing Graham with the personnel to have one of the best defenses in the NFL.

Management prioritized the finding of a few efficient pass rushers, which the Giants will deploy in tandem with their strong interior defense. For example, Azeez Ojulari with Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams should pay dividends in creating mismatches and exposing opposing offensive lines.

A healthy blend of speed and strength upfront will aid a re-tooled secondary, lead by fresh signing Adoree’ Jackson. The cornerback duo of James Bradberry and Jackson will prove to be lethal, as both have different strengths that can lock down opposite receivers, whether it be big possession targets or speedy pass-catchers who can create separation in the open field.

Just taking a look at the projected roster, you can see how much depth the Giants have and how Graham is going to struggle fielding so many talented players and spreading the snaps around.

Projected 53-man positional groupings on defense:

DL:

-Leonard Williams

-Danny Shelton

-Dexter Lawrence

-BJ Hill

-Austin Johnson

OLB: 

-Azeez Ojulari

-Ifeadi Odenigbo

-Lorenzo Carter

-Ryan Anderson

-Oshane Ximines

-Cam Brown

-Elerson Smith

CB:

-James Bradberry

-Adoree Jackson

-Julian Love (safety too)

-Isaac Yiadom

-Madre Harper

-Darnay Holmes

-Aaron Robinson

-Rodarius Williams

S:

-Logan Ryan

Jabrill Peppers

-Xavier McKinney

LBs:

-Blake Martinez

-Reggie Ragland

-Tae Crowder

To give you an example of how the Giants might struggle to field some of their best players next season with a wealth of talent available, let’s take a look at the safety trio. Both Logan Ryan and Xavier McKinney play similar positions in the deep secondary, which will likely force Graham to move one of them down into a strong safety role. However, that is where Jabrill Peppers usually resides, potentially pushing the energized safety down further into the box as a money-backer, so to speak.

This would allow Peppers to utilize his run-stopping instincts while also covering running backs and tight ends, which is normally his best usage. However, with three safeties on the field, the Giants will have to utilize their sub-packages strategically, incorporating two middle linebackers and outside linebackers to provide sufficient pass rush.

One way I can see Graham maximizing his personal groupings is the play more Cover-1, which is exactly what he plans to do in 2021.

This is how I project to start a group to look like in his formation:

S:

1.) Logan Ryan

2.) Xavier McKinney

CBs:

3.) James Bradberry

4.) Adoree’ Jackson

LBs:

5.) Blake Martinez

6.) Jabrill Peppers ($-backer role)

DL:

7.) Leonard Williams

8.) Dexter Lawrence

9.) Danny Shelton

OLBs:

10.) Azeez Ojulari

11.) Lorenzo Carter

Of course, Graham will be versatile in his alignments and rotating players frequently to keep them fresh and active. He’s traditionally relied on Cover-1, but it will force him to pick and choose his personnel. Nonetheless, having too much talent is a great problem, and ultimately, it will help mitigate fatigue as an unusually long season in 2021 moves along.

New York Giants have two potential breakout players on the offensive line

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart

There is no question the New York Giants are taking a calculated risk with the offensive line unit this upcoming season, having failed to allocate more resources toward an injection of talent.

However, there is an argument to make that the line could play well above expectations, coming off a disappointing 2020 season where they ranked near dead last in the NFL and pass-blocking efficiency. They had multiple rookies starting at times, including at left tackle, right tackle, left guard, and a first-year center. The only established veteran who was considered an above-average talent was Kevin Zeitler, who they cut this off-season to save salary space.

If the line takes a healthy step forward, quarterback Daniel Jones will reap the benefits, but it remains a big “if.” Solidifying the tackle spots should be a priority for Big Blue, and bringing in former Louisiana OL coach and offensive coordinator Rob Sale should benefit tremendously with continuity in the coaching staff and a fantastic teacher. The Giants also hired Pat Flaherty as a consultant to help Sale adjust to the NFL.

Nonetheless, two rookies from last season are preparing to take a developmental step forward, as both dealt with a number of negative factors that impact their performance in 2020.

Two offensive linemen who could break out for the New York Giants next season:

Andrew Thomas:

According to PFF, Thomas allowed 10 sacks, 39 QB hurries, and 57 pressures last year, an underwhelming performance that wasn’t an indication of quality. Coming out of Georgia, Thomas was known for his aggressive style of play in the run game and strength in pass blocking. He had a few adequate performances, notably against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13, but he also had a few dismal outings, for example, in Week 14 against Arizona, he allowed two sacks and seven pressures.

However, it is important to note that Thomas was dealing with a variety of issues, ranging from an ankle injury he suffered in training camp to a lack of experience with his teammates.

Having a full off-season of work and chemistry building should do him wonders, and he’s been training alongside friend and Giants rookie Azeez Ojulari to improve his technique and athleticism.

With a year of experience under his belt and a clean bill of health, Thomas is prime to take a step forward — Daniel Jones is depending on it.

Matt Peart:

The expectation heading into the 2021 season is that Matt Peart will earn the first opportunity as a starting right tackle. As a superior athlete at 6’7” and 318 pounds, the 24-year-old had phenomenal numbers at the combine in the broad-jump, 40-yard dash, arm length, and height. His physical traits make him a fantastic prospect to become an even more influential part in the trenches for Big Blue and are depending on him to take a step forward.

Peart earned reps on both the left and right side last year but unfortunately came down with Covid, which impacted the second half of his season. During Peart’s initial injection into the starting group, he did not allow a sack until Covid impacted his stamina and overall strength. He struggled against Baltimore in Week 16 specifically, allowing a sack and two pressures. He specifically stood out in the run game, carving out lanes for Wayne Gallman in the Giants’ power-gap scheme.

With an increase in size and quickness, Peart should be a force in the running game for Saquon Barkley upon his return, and if he can hold up in pass protection, the Giants might’ve landed a steal in the third round of the 2020 draft.

Giants set to improve in one major category on offense in 2021

New York Giants, Austin Mack, Sterling Shepard

During the 2020 season, the New York Giants had only one receiver who averaged at least 3 yards of separation per reception. Sterling Shepard was that player, representing one of the only options for Daniel Jones who could create a cushion between himself and the defender.

Behind Shepard, the next closest was Evan Engram at 2.9 yards, per Next Gen Stats, but his inability to catch the football plagued the offense, having dropped 11 passes and being connected to six interceptions, which was half of Jones’s total.

The next best Giants’ receiver was Darius Slayton at 2.3 yards of separation, a significant difference that presents an issue heading into the 2021 season. However, the Giants went out and signed multiple receivers in Kenny Golladay, John Ross and drafted Kadarius Toney out of Florida. Toney is a separation creator, which should aid the offense in catch rate and completion percentage.

Interestingly, Kenny Golladay was one of the worst separators in the NFL during his lucrative 2019 season, so this statistic can be skewed in some ways. During that campaign, Golladay finished with 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, but when you have a 6’4″ frame, you don’t need much separation to haul in passes with an exemplary catch radius. There are physical traits that can mask the deficiencies of route running, and Golladay has an extremely large wingspan paired with solid hands.

When looking at the yards of separation statistics, alternative factors play a role, so it shouldn’t be taken as an end-all, be-all variable. For Golladay, having size masks his lack of speed, and Shepard should increase his total from 2020 exponentially, going up against lesser corners while Golladay attracts CB1 attention.

Overall, it is a statistic that should improve drastically next season, and while it is considered a major category specifically among receivers, I would look to catch rate for a better indication of hands and success. Even yards after catch might be a better variable to harp on, as it indicates play-making ability and athleticism.

Overall, the Giants injected plenty of new talent into the offense, which should help Daniel Jones tremendously, and most of the categories they failed in last season will change with more reps and chemistry.

New York Giants: Why we should be excited about Kyle Rudolph’s impact in 2021

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One of the most surprising off-season signings for the New York Giants was tight end Kyle Rudolph, but after analyzing the details behind this pick up, it is clear the Giants view him as a versatile piece.

Not only is Rudolph capable of providing solid blocking in the run game, but he masks Evan Engram’s biggest efficiency, catching fastballs in the middle of the field on sit-down routes. However, Rudolph has spent the last 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, totaling 48 career touchdowns and a 68.1% catch rate. Rudolph hasn’t dropped a pass in two years, a statistic that Giants fans are likely smiling at.

Considering Engram dropped 11 passes last year and was correlated to six interceptions, adding a tight end who holds onto the ball adequately is a blessing. The transition for Rudolph will not be easy, though, having spent his entire career with one team before making the move to New York this off-season.

“You kind of feel like a rookie all over again,” Rudolph told Fox 9 Sports Now.

“It was when I was in the new facility in [New Jersey] for the first time,” Rudolph said. “Going into the building, being around new teammates, being around coaches… It’s one thing when you’re on Zoom calls and you’re learning that way, but actually being in the building — that’s when it really hit me that we’re doing this, we’re making a transition.”

Rudolph signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Giants, but the team as a potential out in 2022 which would count $2.25 million in dead money. Essentially, the deal would equate to one year, $7 million, worst-case scenario. Rudolph brings plenty of tangible qualities that should impact the Giants positively during the 2021 season.

While Kyle is rehabilitating from a foot injury that should keep him out until the start of the regular season, he has been working diligently with trainers to improve his status as training camp nears. He is two years removed from posting 367 yards and six touchdowns with Minnesota.

The 31-year-old TE is an elite red zone threat at 6’6” and 265 pounds, now offering the Giants the tallest receiver they’ve had in years.

Rudolph’s impact will shade towards consistency as a security blanket for quarterback Daniel Jones, but he should open the field up for Engram up the seams and 10+ yards downfield. When looking at Rudolph’s reception depths from the 2020 season, the majority of his catches came in the 0-10 yard range from the line of scrimmage. Rudolph hauled in 20 catches for 201 yards in that range last year, accounting for over 60% of his receptions and total yardage. He landed a 75.7% catch rate, while Engram finishing the season at 57.8%.

Clearly, the veteran tight end will have a significant role this upcoming year, especially as coordinator Jason Garrett loves to utilize 12-personnel, indicating two tight ends on the field. They should provide support in the run game for Saquon Barkley while also allowing the play-action to be maximized with downfield threats like Engram, a Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Darius Slayton.

New York Giants: Former Tennessee Vol’s HC Jeremy Pruitt joining Giants staff

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According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, recently fired University of Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt will be joining the New York Giants’ staff in a role that’s yet to be revealed. Duggan reported the news Wednesday evening. Pruitt was let go from Tennessee earlier this month after recruiting violation evidence was discovered.

It was previously reported that Pruitt was working on a deal to join Robert Saleh’s Jets staff, but that ended up not coming to fruition, per Connor Hughes of The Athletic. Pruitt would not have gone far from the Jets to the Giants.

While the role hasn’t been revealed yet, there’s a chance Pruitt could be working as a defensive backs coach, whether it’s as an assistant or in the lead role. With Patrick Graham getting some head coaching talks, Pruitt could be the next defensive coordinator if Graham would leave New York for a head coaching job.

What does Pruitt bring to the New York Giants?

Pruitt not only would be a great fit for New York, but he also has connections with head coach Joe Judge. Pruitt and Judge both coached at Alabama together during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Pruitt was the defensive backs coach, while Judge was the special team’s coordinator.

At the moment, the New York Giants employ Jerome Henderson as their defensive backs coach and Anthony Blevins as their assistant defensive backs coach. Will, the Giants, let one of them go to make room for Pruitt, or will he coach the linebacker?

Yes, Pruitt was also the linebackers coach for a few seasons (2016-2017) at Bama. That could be a potential role for Pruitt.

New York Giants: Early free-agents contracts Gettleman should be pro-active with

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The 2020 NFL season did not go as planned for the New York Giants, but the franchised showed promise. Big Blue managed just a 6-10 record and was one game away from playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wildcard. Giants’ head coach Joe Judge seems to have his team on the right track for the future.

The Giants are a player or two away from being a force in a wide-open NFC East. The first chance the G-Men will be able to build the roster will come on March 17th. New York is projected to have more than $13 million over the salary cap, but the team should have their eye on a few top targets this offseason.

Here are three players the New York Giants should consider signing or re-signing this offseason:

DE Leonard Williams

If there is one player Dave Gettleman needs to re-sign this offseason, it has to be Leonard Williams. Gettleman is so invested in Williams, but that is not the main reason why he deserves a big deal.

Williams deserves an extension for being one of the best players on the Giants last season. Big Will proved to be the game-wrecker the Giants’ defense needed. He appeared in all 16 games for New York, finishing with 57 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 14 tackles for losses. Not only did Williams have a monster season, but he is also a scheme fit for Patrick Graham.

“We love him in the building, he’s a great teammate, he’s fun to coach,” Judge said, per Steve Serby of the New York Post. “He makes your job a lot easier in terms of coming to work and enjoying your job, but then also making plays on the field, ’cause really, players make coaches good or not.”

If the New York Giants re-sign LW, they will probably not have enough money for Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants have to choose if they want a dominant run stopper in Tomlinson or if they want a premier 3-4 pass rusher in Williams. The Giants should take the pass rusher, no questions asked.

Williams will likely earn in the $18-20 million per-season range. It would be wise of the Giants to get a deal done before the start of free agency.

WR Curtis Samuel

If the New York Giants want to bring the most out of quarterback Daniel Jones, they need to prove the pieces they have around him. Receiver/RB Curtis Samuel could be that sneaky piece the Giants’ offense needs.

Samuel had an impressive 200 rushing yards, 851 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns in the 2020 season. With Samuel’s production, he will not be a budget option. He is projected to make $12.4 million annually, according to Spotrac.

However, Samuel will not command money like Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay would in free agency. He will be a bit of a cheaper option and way younger. If the Giants are able to add the 24-year old to their roster, the Giants could boost both their rushing and passing game in 2021.

LB Matt Milano

Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham forged an impressive defensive unit in 2020, and with a few additional pieces, it could be championship-caliber. Adding a rangy, run-stuffing linebacker like Matt Milano to pair up with Blake Martinez could take this defense where it wants to go in 2021.

Milano dealt with injuries in 2020, only was limited to 10 games. But in 2019, he was healthy. He played in all but one game in 2019 and produced. He finished with 101 total tackles, nine passes defended, and 1.5 sacks.

Something most people do not know about Milano, he played safety in college. For a linebacker, he has elite pass coverage skills. He could pair up beautifully right next to Martinez.

Signing the 26-year-old could be difficult given New York’s cap situation. He’s projected to have a market value of a little under $14 million annually, according to Spotrac. But if the Giants wanted to sign an elite edge rusher or cornerback this offseason, this option would be a bit cheaper as well.