Should the New York Giants look to add Anthony Lynn to their coaching staff?

The New York Giants are entering a crucial offseason. The Giants made serious progress this season, winning two more games than they did last season despite transitioning to a new, rookie head coach in a pandemic-filled season. New York saw numerous key, young players develop into building blocks. But there was one serious flaw with the New York Giants in 2020: their inept offense.

The Giants’ offense, more often than not, was terrible in 2020. They finished the season averaging just 17.5 points per game, the second-worst in the NFL. New York’s defense kept them in games and even won the team some games. But the offense often held the team back and consistently failed to propel the team to victory.

Many critics have placed the blame on the Giants’ offensive coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has received a plethora of criticism. However, it seems like his job is safe unless he leaves for a head coaching job elsewhere. Interestingly enough, the Los Angeles Chargers did interview Jason Garrett for their vacant head coach position.

The Chargers parted ways with head coach Anthony Lynn this offseason after four seasons in the position. Lynn has now generated excitement from fans who are suggesting him for the Giants’ offensive coordinator position if Jason Garrett were to leave and fill Lynn’s former position. However, I suggest another role for Anthony Lynn on the Giants’ coaching staff. One that could elevate the Giants’ offense to new heights.

Proposing Anthony Lynn as passing game coordinator

It seems unlikely that Jason Garrett will leave the New York Giants’ coaching staff this offseason. There are numerous head coaching candidates out there that will be more appealing to teams that have vacancies. Additionally, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said that the idea of Garrett leaving makes him “antsy,” so it seems like the team has no plans to fire Jason Garrett.

Many fans suggested Anthony Lynn would be a nice fit with the Giants as the team’s offensive coordinator if the position were to free up with Garrett’s eventual departure. But, with Garrett seemingly here to stay, Anthony Lynn cannot fulfill that offensive coordinator position. However, I think he could fill another role on Joe Judge’s coaching staff.

The New York Giants do not have a passing game or running game coordinator. These are somewhat new coaching positions that are not implemented in every coaching staff in the league, but they are present on many of the NFL’s top offenses. The Giants could add a passing game coordinator to aid Jason Garrett with that facet of the offense. New York seemed to run the ball just fine but struggled mightily in the passing game. A passing game coordinator could help fix that.

Anthony Lynn would make a lot of sense as the Giants’ passing game coordinator. He might not have been the best decision-maker as head coach of the Chargers, but his passing concepts were undeniably impressive and helped Los Angeles achieve plenty of success through the air under Lynn’s tutelage.

Could Anthony Lynn take this offense to the next level?

The Giants need more playmakers on offense. It is an obvious weakness right now and the fans, coaches, and front office alike are all aware of this. Getting an elite wide receiver for Daniel Jones will help this offense tremendously. But, furthermore, having an offensive coach that specializes in creating and implementing a creative passing attack would help Daniel Jones even more.

The Los Angeles Chargers saw their offense reach new heights in 2020. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert stepped onto the scene and instantly looked like a star, shattering rookie passing records. Anthony Lynn’s poor special teams, defense, and game-management led to his demise in Los Angeles. But his offensive scheme was not even close to problematic.

Justin Herbert and the Chargers’ offense averaged 270.6 passing yards per game in 2020. Herbert racked up a rookie-record 31 passing touchdowns to go along with 4336 and only 10 interceptions. Herbert often found himself throwing to open receivers downfield, schemed open by Lynn’s offensive scheme.

Anthony Lynn’s vertical passing concepts create an aggressive, downfield approach in his offensive attack. Mixing that in with Jason Garrett’s downhill rushing scheme and short passing concepts could give the Giants the best of both worlds.

Granted, a job as a passing game coordinator might be a bit beneath Anthony Lynn. Lynn is a highly-respected NFL coach that led the Los Angeles Chargers to a 12-4 record in 2018. But, if he is willing to take a less significant role on the Giants’ coaching staff, he could create significant improvements within the Giants’ offense.

New York Giants: 3 wide receivers Dave Gettleman could target during the 2021 offseason

New York Giants, Kenny Golladay

The New York Giants were the second-worst team in the league in passing. The Giants averaged only 189.1 yards per game through the air. Quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Colt McCoy combined only threw for 12 touchdowns. The G-Men need to get another weapon or two on the offensive side of the ball.

The injuries with Jones this season a lot to do with the Giants’ lack of air attack combined with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s short passing scheme, which did not fit with Jones’ skill set.

Big Blue has some talented skill players on offense in Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, and Evan Engram, but the Giants need to get another weapon. The Giants need to get Jones an No.1 receiver if the Giants want to see Jones’ full potential.

Here are three wide receivers the New York Giants need to consider in free agency:

Allen Robinson:

The 28-year-old wide receiver Allen Robinson will be the most highly looked receiver on the open market in March, that’s if the Chicago Bears let Robinson walk.

Robinson has been one of the most reliable receivers over the past two seasons with the Bears. Robinson has caught nearly 200 passes for 2,400 yards over the last two seasons. Robinson also racked up 13 total touchdowns with the Bears.

Robinson would come in and instantly become the New York Giants No.1 receiver and will instantly make Jones a better quarterback. This signing could be one of the biggest reasons why the Giants find themselves in the playoffs in 2021.

Kenny Golladay:

The same issue with Robinson is with Kenny Golladay. Golladay will be one of the most highly looked at receivers on the open market in March, that’s if the Detriot Lions let me walk.

The 6-foot-4 receiver has been hurt all season long, and with the NFL cap space decreasing by $20 million, it will be very difficult for the Lions to retain Golladay long term. If Lions could franchise tag him, but if not, Golladay will hit the open market.

Golladay has the sort of size and athleticism the New York Giants will want to give Jones. He will provide Jones with a big red zone and end zone target.

If Golladay hits the open market, he will not be cheap.

Curtis Samuel:

The Carolina Panthers have a surplus of wide receivers, there is no need for them to retain Samuel long term. Samuel and Dave Gettleman both have ties with each other as well.

Gettleman drafted Samuel in his last draft in Carolina. Gettleman signed James Bradberry last offseason, and Gettleman drafted him as well. Maybe, we could see Gettleman re-unite with another former draft selection.

Samuel will be a little cheaper than Robinson and Golladay but is not a true No.1. But getting Samuel and maybe drafting a receiver will significantly help this offense.

Samuel is coming off his best year as a pro with 851 receiving yards and over 200 yards on the ground. He is a playmaker, which the Giants need on this offense.

New York Giants: 3 reasons we should have faith in Daniel Jones

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

When the New York Giants drafted Daniel Jones in 2019, many were perplexed by general manager Dave Gettleman’s decision. Jones was an optimistic pick with the sixth overall selection, and many older fans had seen enough from Duke quarterbacks, with Dave Brown.

However, at first glance, Jones has the physical traits to be a fantastic quarterback in the NFL. At 6-foot-5 and 221 pounds, he’s barely 23 years old, indicating youth and tangible talent to work with. The issue, the Giants haven’t given him much in terms of support and quality offenses the past two seasons.

Under head coach Pat Shurmur, Jones seemed to have the arm talent to get it done in the NFL, throwing 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions over 13 games. In fact, DJ enjoyed three contests in his rookie season with 4+ touchdown games. If that isn’t an indication of potential, I don’t know what is. His primary weakness was his fumbling issues and turnover problems.

Plenty of quarterbacks entering the NFL have turnover quandaries, and it takes time to iron them out over the course of a career. Jones is simply falling ill to familiar issues, but he cut down his turnover problems tremendously over the final five games of the season. Aside from one anomaly against the Arizona Cardinals where the offensive line was torched (3 fumbles), he allowed just one fumble and one interception over the final five games.

There’s plenty of reasons to be hopeful with DJ, and I want to remain positive when detailing his development so far.

Three reasons the New York Giants should have faith in Daniel Jones:

1.) Daniel Jones has the physcial qualities to be a great quarterback

As stated before, Jones has the physical abilities to be a great quarterback in the NFL. He has solid arm strength and the ability to run at a high-level. In fact, Jones’ 80-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles in week seven was faster than any Lamar Jackson run during the 2020 season. With that kind of speed, DJ not only represents a threat from the pocket but as a mobile quarterback that can confuse defenses and keep them on their toes.

Some might argue that Jones has an inferior arm, and while he does have some trouble reaching the boundary on occasion, he was one of the most accurate deep-ball passers in the NFL this past season. Unfortunately, coordinator Jason Garrett didn’t push the ball downfield enough and allowed Jones to get creative and take shots. Garrett’s playcalling kept Jones beneath 10% regarding balls thrown 20+ yards downfield. That is simply malpractice for a quarterback that has great deep-ball accuracy.

2.) Jones is a fantastic deep-ball thrower

I want to dive a little bit deeper into Jones’ deep ball abilities. According to PFF, Jones had a 96.7 grade when throwing deep to the outside right, completing nine balls for 322 yards and one score. When targeting the middle of the field beyond 20 yards, he recorded 196 yards and four touchdowns. His left side was his weakest point, and that is for most categories, earning a 73.9 overall grade, completing four passes for 134 yards and one score. When throwing 20+ yards downfield, Jones didn’t throw a single interception the entire season, which is why Jason Garrett’s playcalling was so inefficient.

If the Giants elect to move on from Garrett or the Los Angeles Chargers hire him, the Giants should find a coordinator who runs more verticals and pushes the ball downfield, and I will bet we will see a more efficient Jones because of it.

3.) Has had two terrible supporting casts in the first two years

Let’s not forget that Jones has had very little to work with on offense. In his rookie season, Saquon Barkley was injured for the majority of the year, and the offensive line was one of the worst in the NFL. He had poor pass blocking and very lackluster run blocking. Jones was forced to sling the ball more frequently, with defenses sitting back in coverage with an inability to assert their dominance on the ground. If it couldn’t get any worse, his receivers were also inadequate as well. A combo of Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton simply doesn’t scream quality.

This season, Barkley was injured early on unless the entire year with a torn ACL, so the Giants’ star player on offense simply didn’t have any impact. The receivers lacked separation tremendously, and the pass blocking was once again inconsistent. DJ was forced to run the ball more frequently than he would’ve helped, and it resulted in injury. If the OL can take a step forward in pass blocking and Saquon returns fully healthy, the Giants should be in far better shape. I also expect them to allocate resources toward improving the wide receiver position, so next season we should see a much-improved DJ, given all of the impending moves and expectations pan out.

New York Giants: Lawrence Tynes proposes blockbuster deal for Deshaun Watson

The New York Giants are expected to make moves this offseason. It remains to be seen what those moves will be, but the team is on the brink of winning and some new additions could push them into a playoff campaign next year. And one of the biggest players that might be available on the market this offseason is Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

Obviously, the Giants already have a quarterback in Daniel Jones. The Giants have come out and said a number of times that Jones is their QB and that they plan on keeping him around for years to come. But words can be fleeting, and the staff also reaffirmed that Eli Manning would be the starting quarterback for weeks, before benching him in favor of Jones. Could they do a similar thing and make a surprise change at the position despite supporting Jones publicly?

Lawrence Tynes proposes a trade

Super Bowl winning kicker Lawrence Tynes has an interesting take on the idea. He proposed a trade where the Giants would give up a lot, but could get their quarterback of the future.

The Giants would have to give up Jones, plus starters Kevin Zeitler and Evan Engram. It’s a steep price to pay, but Engram has often left fans wanting for more performance wise and Zeitler was involved in trade rumors already earlier last season. In fact, Engram might be the largest one reason why the Giants aren’t in the playoffs right now after his crucial drop against the Eagles cost the team an extra win. Some would argue the Giants should move on from him now while he isn’t injured and his stock is still somewhat high.

Perhaps more concerning, the Giants would have to give up a first round pick for next year as well as two third round picks. Giving up a first round pick in addition to two players is a high price, but may be worth it in the long run if the Giants can advance to the point where they no longer need a high draft pick each year to further a rebuild.

What would the Giants get in return?

It’s looking increasingly like Deshaun Watson is going to move from the Texans, but what would the Giants get with him if they did make a deal?

From the looks of things, they would have an immediate step up at quarterback. Watson last season threw for 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, a huge increase over the poor ratio of touchdowns to turnovers that Daniel Jones had. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl, and while the Texans were far from a winning team last season, there’s other major reasons for that than just their quarterback play and offense.

After the Texans went 4-12, star defensive end J.J. Watt went as far as to apologize to Watson for how the defense wasted one of his seasons.

From 2014 to 2020, the Texans were under the leadership of Bill O’Brien – he became infamous to Texans fans for bad leadership and the move to trade Watson’s top receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for David Johnson and a pair of draft picks. That’s been called one of the worst trades ever, and it contributed further to Watson not being able to win in Houston.

Even under those circumstances, and other poor management decisions from the Texans, Watson had a successful season individually and would be a step up from what the Giants have now. It’s easy to imagine him leading the Giants to success when not surrounded with a dysfunctional organization and placed on an improving roster that nearly made the playoffs this year.

Should the Giants do the deal?

The Giants will likely have to give up a lot if they want to acquire Watson, but at some point, the team has to turn the corner and start winning. There’s multiple ways to turn the corner. Some teams draft big time players and other teams acquire them in free agency or in trades. But there’s only so many chances to do so, and the Giants might not have another chance for a while to acquire a quarterback of this caliber.

It’s not that the Giants need to immediately move on from Daniel Jones – but Jones sitting around the middle of the league statistically for years isn’t going to help the team reach new heights in the long run. A player like Watson, however, could.

They would have to give up a lot, yes. But any team looking to turn the corner with a big trade does. The Giants are going to start losing players to contracts and free agency anyway as Dave Gettleman’s rebuild drags on for more years. They may as well give up some talent preemptively and pick up the kind of player that there’s rarely a chance to get on the open market.

What the New York Giants’ 2021 off-season priority should be

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

With the New York Giants missing the postseason, the 2021 off-season has officially commenced. It didn’t take long for management to give general manager Dave Gettleman a fourth shot at success, but I imagine he will only have one more season to prove his worth after securing 15 victories in three years.

Many around the organization believe Gettleman is credited with hiring Joe Judge, who has overhauled the team’s culture and put forth a set of disciplinary rules that command respect from players and coaches. While the Giants had their fair share of changes throughout the 2020 season, it is believed that progress is being made, and Gettleman’s chemistry with Judge is adequate.

With synergy flowing between the general manager and head coach, the Giants can continue forward with high hopes and positive momentum. While six victories shouldn’t be anything to write home about, the Giants know where they need to allocate resources this upcoming off-season, if they can manage to retain Leonard Williams/Dalvin Tomlinson. They’ve already extended safety Logan Ryan on a three-year deal, which should provide some continuity and veteran leadership in the secondary.

The defense as a whole saw massive improvements compared to 2019 when they averaged 28.2 points per game allowed. Under Patrick Graham, they averaged just 22 points per game allowed, thanks to an improved scheme and relentless pursuit from the players. The free agents acquired, and draft selections were all incredibly productive, and we have to imagine they will only continue to develop and improve with more time in the system. However, the offense is the unit that desperately needs help.

To finish the year, the Giants’ offense averaged 17.5 points per game, good for second to last in the NFL, and 189.1 passing yards per game, good for 29th. The only saving grace for them was their running attack, where they averaged 110.5 yards on the ground, which landed them in the average category.

Ultimately, if the Giants were average across the board, they would likely be in the playoffs right now and considered a decent squad. That simply isn’t the reality, as coordinator Jason Garrett put together a simplistic passing attack that lacked flair and downfield threats.

Quarterback Daniel Jones threw 20+ yards downfield on less than 10% of his attempts, with only 10 quarterbacks throwing less than him over 39 players with a specific sample size. That proves to us one thing, Garrett did not utilize Jones’ strengths, as he is one of the most accurate deep-ball passers in the NFL.

To give you an idea, Jones earned a 92.3 overall grade per PFF, earning 196 yards and four scores when throwing beyond 20+ yards down the middle of the field.

If the Giants want to improve their offense in 2021, a few things need to happen. They need to find a play-caller that pushes verticals and one that sees Jones’ strengths and attacks them properly.

What should the New York Giants’ priority be in 2021?

The number one priority for a Big Blue this off-season should be to acquire a wide receiver one that Jones can utilize in the passing game and to pair with running back Saquon Barkley. When Barkley is on the field, he demands attention from linebackers and safeties who are playing the run. Having a stud receiver allows them to fit in behind the safeties who are trying to compensate for Barkley’s elite talents.

It is the perfect combination to get Jones out of trouble and give some separation to the receivers. Whether it be a draft pick or a free-agent signing like Allen Robinson, Gettleman needs to prioritize the acquisition of a WR before anything else. The defense is in good shape, and we can expect them to retain some of their big interior linemen. With the 11th overall pick, they should have a chance at securing a talent like Devonta Smith from Alabama or Jaylen Waddle, who has solid speed and elite route running.

It should be an interesting off-season, to say the least, but if Gettleman doesn’t acquire a WR1, he should already be on the hot seat.

New York Giants: 3 causes of concerns against Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants are facing one of their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys in week 17. The Cowboys are one game ahead of the Giants. If the Giants want to make the playoffs, they need to beat Dallas first. If they beat Dallas, they need some help from the Eagles to beat the Washington Football Team.

The Giants are facing a team that is trending in the right direction. This game against Dallas will not be easy, here are the three concerns for the Giants in Week 17.

Giants trending down, Cowboys trending up

The Giants went on a four-game win streak before losing against the Arizona Cardinals on Week 14. Since that Week 14 loss, the Giants are on a three-game losing streak. While the Giants are trending downwards the Cowboys are on the rise. The Cowboys have won their last three games and putting up points on the opponent’s defense.

The Giants had a top 10 run defense going into last week. In the last three games, the Giants have given up on average 171.3 per game on the ground. With Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard picking up steam over the last couple of weeks, the Cowboy’s run offense has significantly improved.

Giants pass defense

Whatever side James Bradberry chooses, I am not worried about. The side that has Issac Yiadom could and will likely be a weak point, especially with the weapons that Dallas has in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie CeeDee Lamb.

The Cowboys went from a Dak Prescott/Zeke centric offense to a Mike McCarthy/spread centric offense with Andy Dalton at the helm. Since Dalton has come back from his concussion and Covid-19, he has gone 4-2 and brought the Cowboys all the way back to the playoff picture. Over the last three games, the Cowboys are averaging 36 points per game, and the Giants are averaging 8.6 points per game.

The Giants secondary is gonna need to create turnovers if they want a chance to play in the playoffs with home-field advantage.

Simple, Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones will be playing in the biggest game of his young career. If Jones can beat Dallas and get a little help from Philly, he could remove all the talks about him potentially getting replaced.

Jones spoke to the media this week about his previous injuries and admitted he is not a hundred percent. Jones also said that he would be a pocket passer and not use his legs until he is a hundred percent healthy. Jones technically just told Dallas that he will stay in the pocket and throw. Dallas has to prepare less now.

One thing that we love about head coach Joe Judge is that he keeps his opponents guessing. With Jones telling the media about staying in the pocket, that’s not keeping your opponents guessing.

 

New York Giants: Daniel Jones dropped the perfect bluff on his health status

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been injured for the second half of the season, after going down with a hamstring injury against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 12. The Giants managed to win that game 19-17, but Jones has missed two games over the last four weeks.

Unfortunately, without his running ability, DJ simply isn’t as effective. As a pure pocket passer, Jones has struggled to excel in Jason Garrett’s offense, and that could be a result of his poor playcalling. However, utilizing RPO’s and his legs to keep opposing defenses honest is a significant part of his game, and without it, we’ve seen his struggles.

Jones spoke to the media this past week, trying to sell the idea of a conservative game plan. However, he’s been running well and has no injury designation this week, which could indicate 100% health and a potential return to his running strengths.

“I think you can tell from the tape I can’t do a lot of the same things I’m used to doing. I’ve played from the pocket the past couple weeks, and I expect to continue to do that until I’m healthy. We’ll see what exactly, but I expect the game plan and what I’m asked to do to be fairly similar to what it’s been these past few weeks.”

Just from watching the tape, Jones has refrained from leaving the pocket and taking off downfield. He’s rolled out without any hesitation or limp, showing that he’s close to being 100%. I believe the Giants will be a bit more aggressive, considering this week 17 matchup against Dallas has playoff implications.

“It’s certainly something I have to be aware of with my mobility and what I can do, and something I’m cognizant of playing in the game,” Jones said. “But it’s how I’ve played these last couple of weeks and I’ve kind of gotten used to it.”

Head coach Joe Judge would’ve liked Jones to be a bit vaguer with his responses, but it certainly has thrown a monkey wrench into Dallas’s game plan. They have to be careful that Jones is not capable of running, and will in fact stay in the pocket. This could catch them off guard.

“I read Daniel’s comments yesterday,” Judge said. “Probably a little more forthcoming than I would have been with it right there. But as I said yesterday, we’ll do whatever it takes to win the game.”

The New York Giants have leaned on DJ’s legs often this season:

Over 13 games, Jones has rushed for 406 yards, closing in on double his 2019 numbers. He hasn’t reached the end zone much in the category, but he’s averaging 7.3 yards per carry and has made it a priority in his game. This was a factor that wasn’t expected to be significant when Jones entered the NFL, but his increase in size and speed has made running the football a great asset for the Giants.

New York Giants: Is Julio Jones a potential trade target for the Giants?

New York Giants, Julio Jones

One of the greatest wide receivers of this generation is rumored to be on the market this offseason. Could Julio Jones be a good fit for the New York Giants’ offense with Daniel Jones? The Giants should at least monitor the Julio Jones situation.

Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and has had an elite career thus far, but is getting up there in age. He is also coming off an injury-filled year. Should the Giants still consider making a move on Jones this offseason?

The Falcons have one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL with Jones and Calvin Ridley. With the emergence of Ridley, he has shown wide receiver one numbers when Jones has been injured this past season. Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ quarterback, is also aging. Seems like Jones is the odd man out.

Once the new Falcons general manager is hired, he will assess the roster and whether to rebuild the Falcons or stay with the team as is and try to make a playoff push.

Jones has been on and off the field all year, playing only nine games this season. In those nine games, Jones has shown he still got it hauling in 51 catches for 771 yards but only three touchdowns. With Jones missing seven games, you would like to see more touchdowns, but Jones has been dealing with injuries all year.

Questions

The questions all Giants fans are asking right now are, why would we be interested in Julio Jones, and what is it going to cost the Giants to acquire a player like him?

The Giants need a difference-maker on the offensive side of the ball; Jones would be just that. Daniel Jones or any Giants quarterback, at that matter, needs a player they can trust that will go up and get the ball. Jones is faster, taller, and stronger than anyone the Giants currently have on the outside. He is a freak of nature, and from what he has shown this past year, he still can ball.

The cost to get Julio in New York is very hard to say. Jones is 31 currently and aging, it will be hard for the Giants to give up a first-round pick for an aging player. The Falcons traded wide receiver Mohommad Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round pick in 2019. If Sanu got traded for a second-round pick, I could only imagine what the Falcons would want for Julio Jones.

Not only will the Giants have to give up assets to get Julio Jones, but the Giants will also have to create a little bit more cap space as well. Jones’ cap hit in 2021 will be around $23 million dollars, which is very high for a wide receiver. In 2022 and 2023, the cap hit will get more affordable, being around $19 million dollars but after that, Jones has an opt-out in his deal.

Forget Julio Jones, draft a receiver:

Would you trade your first-round pick for Julio Jones or keep your first-round pick and draft one of two premier receivers in this year’s draft class? Some really want Ja’Marr Chase from LSU or Devonta Smith from Alabama. Which sounds better, Julio Jones or one of the two rookies?

If the Giants have a chance to go with one of the two premier receivers in this draft class, it will be hard to pass them up. If the Giants miss both of the receivers, that is when I think you could see the Giants try to make a play on a talent like Julio Jones.

Forget Julio Jones and drafting a receiver, sign one:

The Giants will also be looking to sign one of the top receivers in free agency if they do not decide to go with one in the draft. Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay, Chris Godwin, Will Fuller, Curtis Samuel, and Corey Davis are some of the big-name receivers that could be hitting the open market this offseason.

Robinson is looking to win, which considering the state of the Giants, he might stay away. Golladay has missed 12 games this season and could take a one-year prove-it deal with the Giants. Godwin, in my opinion, will not hit the open market. The Buccaneers will either franchise tag or extend him this offseason. Fuller got caught with PEDs in the middle of the season, but his performance on the field is something the Giants could be interested in. Samuel is more of a number two receiver but could be a good outside receiver with Sterling Shepard in the slot and Darius Slayton on the opposite side. The last receiver we have is Corey Davis, he has ties with safety Logan Ryan from the Tennessee Titans. Davis has been injury-prone much of his career but will fit the Giants scheme if he stays healthy.

What should the Giants do?

The New York Giants have to bolster their wide receiver corps. If the Giants have to trade for a stud like Julio Jones, or sign a big-time receiver this offseason, and or go young and draft an absolute stud receiver. Either way, I do not think the Giants will not leave this offseason empty-handed.

New York Giants: How much blame falls on Daniel Jones for poor 2020 offense?

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

As we head into week 17, the New York Giants’ offense ranks at the bottom of the NFL, averaging a disappointing 17.1 points per contest. Their passing game is also abysmal, averaging 187.7 yards per game, but their running attack has been the only saving grace if any.

There’s plenty of blame to go around, ranging from coordinator Jason Garrett to quarterback Daniel Jones. However, it is clear that Jones has regressed since his rookie season in 2019 when former head coach Pat Shurmur called offensive plays.

Ultimately, Shurmur‘s offense was more efficient, despite many clamoring about his predictability and lack of creativity. No matter how you look at it, Jones had a better overall season, aside from his turnover problem. DJ has alleviated some of those issues when it comes to fumbling and throwing interceptions, but his best game this season came in week one against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he threw for just 279 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2019, his best performance came in week 16 against the Washington Football Team, when he threw for 352 yards and five scores, earning a 132.1 quarterback rating. He was near perfect, and that performance alone sparked optimism for his future.

However, we should have listened to Cowboys fans when they told us Garrett’s scheme was boring and bland. His route concepts are outdated and predictable for modern defenses. He runs too many hooks and flat routes, with receivers not even running beyond 5 yards or getting to the sticks. His offense doesn’t give Jones the ability to create on the move and utilize his instincts properly. It is all mapped out for Jones to hit first reads quickly and not move on to his other targets. Of course, you can blame a lack of playmakers for this issue, but we saw DJ perform much better in 2019 without TE Evan Engram in the second half of the year. Of course, having Saquon Barkley back was helpful, but he was still hampered by a high ankle sprain he suffered earlier in the season.

Who’s to blame for the New York Giants’ offensive woes?

At this point, I would say that 60% of the blame falls on Jason Garrett and his failure to develop intricate route concepts and get players open in man coverage. The last few games, opposing teams are playing primarily cover 1, which is a run-stopping formation. They are lining up in cover 1 against the pass because they don’t respect the receivers and their ability to get open in man coverage. With the receiver failing to gain separation, Jones has to make pinpoint accurate throws, but he does have one flaw that shows up on tape consistently.

What some analysts call “burping the baby,” Jones taps the ball before throwing too often, which resulted in two poor passes against the Baltimore Ravens in week 16. On one throw to Wayne Gallman up the seam, Jones taps the ball, allowing the pass rush to get to him, and the pass ended up behind Gallman, despite him making an acrobatic catch. If he hits them in stride and throws this without tapping the ball, Gallman picks up an extra few yards. They say football is a game of inches, so everything counts.

On a play earlier in the contest, Jones taps the ball just before throwing a dig route to CJ Board — in that split-second, he allowed pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue to hit his arm and disrupt the pass.

It’s small things like this that need to be ironed out in Jones’ game, but I do think those issues will alleviate with time. Having a better play-caller and some better blocking on the OL (should be better in 2021 with experience) would certainly help, but the lack of playmakers doesn’t exactly flush DJ with confidence.

Finding a more modern coordinator to develop route concepts and open up screens would be beneficial, as Garrett criminally missuses Engram and doesn’t push players down the field appropriately.

Overall, I would say Daniel Jones should take about 15% of the blame, but nobody has done him any favors, and I would like to see the Giants get him some more help in the wide receiver corps and a new coordinator who focuses on modern-day passing strategies.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones plans to play from the pocket

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones returned from his hamstring and ankle injuries last week to play against the Baltimore Ravens. Jones admitted to making changes to his play the past few weeks due to his injuries.

During Jones Wednesday press conference, Jones said he has not been able to take off and run like he had been able to do since the Cincinnati Bengals game when he left early due to a hamstring injury in Week 12.

“I think you can tell from the tape I can not do a lot of the same things I am used to doing,” Jones said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. Jones then continued to say that he will be playing more in the pocket until he feels 100% healthy before moving around and taking off running.

Jones has been at least getting over his injuries enough to go full participant during his Wednesday practice and is officially off the New York Giants’ weekly injury report.

Just last week, Jones was limited in all three weekly practices with both hamstring and ankle injuries. It is very nice to see him getting over injuries in preparation for one of the biggest games of his entire career thus far. I do miss Jones using his legs to extend the play and running out of the pocket and gaining extra yards, but we will have to settle with his pocket-passer version, which looked solid in the second-half loss to Baltimore in week 16.