New York Giants: 7 players the Giants need to part ways with in 2021

New York Giants, Nate Solder

The New York Giants might have missed the playoffs, but that does not mean they lacked roster talent at several key positions.

The Giants needed a little help from the Eagles to sneak in, but of course, they did us dirty in their tank-job. Either way, the Giants should have controlled their own destiny and made the postseason on their own. This team is still ways away from competing for a Championship. The G-Men have some very difficult decisions this offseason about this roster. There are a few easy decisions that the Giants have to do to create more cap space to sign and re-sign some key players to this team.

Here are the seven players that the New York Giants need to part ways within 2021:

LB Kyler Fackrell

The New York Giants signed Kyler Fackrell to a one-year prove-it deal, worth around $4.6 million. Most of Fackrell’s contract included guarantees, which were around $3.5 million.

The other thing Fackrell proved was he can not be a productive pass rusher this late in his career. He was a good rotational pass rusher for the Giants. Fackrell had 4.0 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception which he returned for a touchdown against Dallas in 11 games.

The Giants are lacking a pass rush due to Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines having season-ending injuries. They are also looking for a pass rusher either in free agency or in the draft.

RB Dion Lewis

The Giants signed Dion Lewis to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. Obviously, they did not spend a lot of money on Lewis, but his performance tells the story of way.

Lewis has played 15 games for the G-Men, and the stats show for themselves why he should not be on this roster next season. Lewis only produced 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Lewis caught only 19 passes for 127 yards and a score.

Not only did Lewis struggle at running back for the Giants, but he also struggled to be the Giants’ return specialist. Lewis fumbled three times on kickoff.

Based on the lack of production, the Giants have no reason to re-sign him back in 2021.

LT Nate Solder

Before we start to talk about why the Giants need to cut him in 2021, I just want to say this is nothing personal. I have a lot of respect for Solder for putting his family first over football and money. It takes a lot of pride!

The New York Giants signed Nate Solder to a four-year deal worth $62 million. Solder has a cap hit of $16.4 million, but if the Giants wait to cut him post-June 1, the Giants would free up $9.9 in cap. It would leave them with $6.5 million in dead money.

It’s entirely possible that the 32-year tackle may just want to retire. If he does not, the Giants may have no other choice to cut him due to lack of production. Solder’s performance has been disappointing since his signing in 2018, allowing 18 sacks and 89 pressures in just two seasons.

I hope the best for Solder in what he chooses, if it’s to stay in the NFL or retire, but I do not see him in a Giants uniform in the 2021 season.

QB Colt McCoy

The Giants signed Colt McCoy to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million. McCoy deal is really friendly with the Giants, but with the injury history of Daniel Jones, the Giants need a more viable option at backup quarterback.

In the four games that McCoy appeared in, he has completed 60.6% of his passes for 375 yards and only one touchdown but one interception. The issue with having McCoy at backup is the Giants only scored a combined 13 points in his two starts.

With backup quarterbacks like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton, and Jameis Winston all becoming free agents this offseason, the Giants need to sign one of these guys that can come in and still compete.

RB Devonta Freeman

Big Blue signed Devonta Freeman in the middle of the season to fill in for Saquon Barkley when he went down with his ACL tear. Freeman signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Giants only worth $1.35 million.

Freeman took some time to get up to speed but ultimately was very unproductive for the G-Men. Freeman logged 54 carries for 172 yards and only one touchdown. Freeman played in five games before going down with an injury and going on the injured reserve for the Giants.

Barkley should be ready for the 2021 season. With the lack of production during this season, there is no reason for the Giants to keep Freeman.

RT Cameron Fleming

The Giants signed Cameron Fleming to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. Fleming, when signed, was not expected to be a starter, but when Solder opted out of this season, he was thrown right into the starting lineup at right tackle.

Fleming has struggled since Week 1 and has been rotating in and out with rookie tackle Matt Peart. Fleming has surrendered six sacks, four quarterback hits, and 35 pressures given up.

One of the biggest reasons why Fleming came to New York was because of Marc Colombo and Jason Garrett. When Colombo was fired about a month ago and Garrett now on the hot seat, it is really hard to see Fleming back in a Big Blue uniform in 2021.

WR Golden Tate

The New York Giants signed Golden Tate to a four-year deal worth $37.5 million in 2019. When this signing first happened, it seemed like the Giants did this to please the fans when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. shortly before.

The Giants could release Tate after the 2020 season and gain $6.1 million back on the cap. The Giants would have $4.7 million in dead money, but that will really open the receiver spot for the Giants to either sign or draft a weapon for Daniel Jones.

Tate is not the player he once was. He was been very injury prone over the last two seasons, had a disciplinary issue that made him get benched for a game in 2020, and suspended for PEDs in 2019. Even on the field, his production has been lacking. Tate, in the past, was a receiver that would get tons of separation and was deadly after the catch.

With Tate’s lack of production for the last two seasons, I do not see Tate playing another in a G-Men uniform in 2021.

 

 

New York Giants: How Nate Solder’s Opt-Out Affects The Rest Of The Linemen

New York Giants, Nate Solder, Jon Halapio, Mike Remmers

Major news broke out for the New York Giants yesterday as starting offensive tackle Nate Solder announced that he was opting out of the 2020 NFL season. Solder is a high-risk opt-out as he has a son fighting an ongoing battle with cancer. Nate Solder is doing the right thing opting out to protect his family and their health.

For the Giants, this news has major implications. Nate Solder’s absence in the 2020 season will create a huge shift along the offensive line. How exactly does Nate Solder’s opt-out affect the rest of the offensive linemen?

New York Giants: Reviewing 3 competitors for the starting right tackle spot

New York Giants, Nick Gates

With Nate Solder electing to opt-out of the 2020 season citing family and health concerns, the New York Giants now have to find their starting right tackle a different way. Previously, the expectation was that they would utilize Solder in a position battle at right and left tackle to see where he shook out.

However, things have changed quickly, and fourth-round pick Andrew Thomas is now more inclined to start at left tackle. While some may argue that it is better to insert him on the right side to develop, you don’t draft a player in the top five picks not to utilize him in his intended fashion.

Let’s take a look at three competitors for the New York Giants at right tackle:

1.) Nick Gates

The Giants love Nick Gates and the tenacity he brings to the offensive line. Having spent time at right tackle and right guard in 2019, he showed the ability to adapt and play well at both positions. While he’s been projected as a center competitor during training camp, the Giants will undoubtedly slide him in on the right corner to battle it out. Ultimately, it might be in his best interest to become a starting right tackle in the NFL, as they get paid far more than centers.

However, he has been working with Las Vegas Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr, featuring under center. Nonetheless, he filled in for guard Kevin Zeitler last season with an 82.1 overall grade, according to PFF. Against the Dolphins, he didn’t allow a single pressure, and with Zeitler expected to return to the lineup in full force, right tackle and center seem to be his best chance at earning a starting spot.

New York Giants’ New Offensive Lineman Has High Praise For OL Coach Colombo

New York Giants, Marc Colombo

The New York Giants did not prioritize the offensive line in free agency, but they did sign one offensive tackle. The Giants signed Cameron Fleming, a six-year NFL veteran who will compete for the starting right tackle job. Fleming spent the first four seasons of his career with New England before playing in Dallas over the last two years.

Being a former Cowboy and Patriot, Fleming has connections to the New York Giants’ new coaching staff. New head coach Joe Judge worked with the Patriots from 2012 to 2019. The Giants’ new offensive coordinator is former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett who worked as their head coach from 2011 to 2019. Garrett also brought over his offensive line coach from Dallas, Marc Colombo.

Marc Colombo and Cameron Fleming’s Connection:

The offensive line coaching job was a vital piece of the puzzle this offseason for the Giants. Fans were excited to find out that Marc Colombo, the man who helped coach the Cowboys’ top-tier offensive line from 2016 to 2019, would be joining Garrett in New Jersey.

Offensive line coach Marc Colombo and newly-signed offensive tackle Cameron Fleming worked together from 2018 to 2019 and will continue working together in 2020 with the Giants. In his first interview as a member of the New York Giants, Cameron Fleming had high praise for Marc Colombo:

I really like playing for [Marc Colombo] because he really does love what he does. He comes in with so much energy, so much juice every single day, week after week throughout the whole season. I don’t think there is ever a lull in it for him. I really appreciate his passion and electricity every day. He’s just a damn good coach. He helped me a lot with my technique in Dallas, and I look forward to continuing working with him. – Cameron Fleming discussing offensive line coach Marc Colombo

Seeing the Giants’ new coaching staff energized and attentive will be refreshing for Giants fans. Marc Colombo is here to restore the “passion and electricity” that the team lacked with the last regime. Marc Colombo, Jason Garrett, Joe Judge, and Cameron Fleming will all collaborate to improve the Giants’ offensive line in 2020.