Should the New York Giants target Corey Davis in free agency?

New York Giants, Corey Davis

Promises, promises, promises. That is all New York Giants management feels necessary to provide fans these days. Whether it be guaranteeing the solution to fixing the offensive line or that they will allocate resources toward offensive playmakers, nothing has seemed to come to fruition.

Of course, this off-season could be telling, simply based on the fact that head coach Joe Judge has changed the narrative surrounding the team the last few years. The culture has taken a massive shift, the Giants have one a few games to prove they are on an upward trend, and the coaching has been superior compared to the recent past.

However, drafting must improve significantly if the Giants wish to be an adequate team moving forward. They rank among the worst in the league when it comes to the number of wins produced by spending in free agency, which also indicates poor draft selections.

Last season we saw a bit of a shift, as even late-round picks were contributing toward the Giants’ production. Whether it be in an injury-riddled outside linebacker unit or in the secondary, we finally witnessed youth performing well.

This off-season, though, the Giants don’t have much money to work with and don’t have a fifth-round pick, which they sent to the New York Jets in exchange for Leonard Williams in 2019.

General manager Dave Gettleman believes that the Giants do you have money to spend this off-season, and he’s depending on Kevin Abrams to find it.

“We’ve got cap space, we’ve got room,” Gettleman said during his post-season press conference. “You never have as much room as you want to have. We’ve got cap space, we’ve got room to do the things we feel like we need to do initially. A lot of it is going to be about the drop it’s going to take. How far of a plunge is it going to take? We don’t know. They’re talking 175, who knows. We’ll plan and then once we know the number, we’ll get moving.”

With the cap expected to be no less than $180 million, the Giants have a bit more leeway than previously expected. They still need to allocate resources toward a wide receiver, and with Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay projected to be franchise tagged by their respective teams, only Corey Davis of the Tennessee Titans and Curtis Samuel of the Carolina Panthers makes sense.

Should the New York Giants target Davis in free agency?

This leads us to our main topic, is Davis worth signing to be the Giants WR1? Davis had his best season in 2020 opposite AJ Brown, recording 984 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 15.1 yards per reception and a catch rate of 70.7%, both being career highs.

However, you could make the argument that the attention Brown demanded allowed Davis to realize his potential. That argument would lead us down a path that justifies him being a high-end WR2 and not a premium WR1.

Nonetheless, the Giants don’t have a plethora of options to choose from, so Davis could be a solid option to add to the receiving corps. At 6’3” and 209 pounds, Davis is capable of being a solid possession receiver with above-average route running abilities. He can high point catches well and use his strength to muscle balls away from corners.

Realistically, any upgrade at the WR position will help Daniel Jones excel in 2021. To be quite honest, I would be ecstatic if the Giants fulfill that promise and allocate resources toward the position, one that desperately needs help.

Giants Parting Ways With DeAndre Baker Per Report

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants will be releasing 2019 first round selection DeAndre Baker this week as per a report by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Giants’ co-owner John Mara hinted last week that the team was ready to move on from Baker “sooner rather than later” in his remarks to the media and here it is. The Giants have already reassigned Baker’s uniform number (27) to recently acquired cornerback Isaac Yiadom and appear to be ready to put the whole sordid Baker affair behind them.

Baker’s case in Florida will not be heard until January, meaning he’s going to be on the Commissioner’s Exempt List all season unless the case against him is dropped. That isn’t likely to happen, even though there are inconsistencies in the evidence and the testimony of witnesses. Another NFL player, Seahawks defensive back Quinton Dunbar, was originally implicated in the alleged crime, but no case was brought forward against him.

Last week, both Mara and Giants general manager Dave Gettleman both told reporters that there were no prior ‘red flags’ in Baker’s past pointing to such criminal behavior.

The Giants will now have nothing to show for the draft day deal that resulted the selection of Baker. They traded the 37th, 132nd and 142nd selections last year to Seattle in exchange for the 30th overall pick they used on the former Georgia star.

Baker took all season to get his sea legs under him, giving up huge chunks of yardage and several easy touchdowns in the process. It wasn’t until late in the season that he began to show the form he had at the college level.