With just 86 days remaining until the Giants’ week 1 matchup with Dallas on Sunday Night Football, it’s time to start getting excited about football season again.
That said, here is a grade for each position room on the offense as the roster stands now.
Quarterbacks // B
With Daniel Jones coming off of a breakout season, winning his first career playoff game, and earning himself a nice contract, it’s safe to say the Giants’ quarterback position is in good hands for this upcoming season.
Behind Jones is Tyrod Taylor, a guy many views as being one of the top backups in the entire league. They also picked up Tommy DeVito as an undrafted free agent, who has a great chance at making the roster come final cuts (ILL!).
Running Backs // A
Saquon Barkley, assuming he plays for the Giants this upcoming season (c’mon, Saquon), is debatably the best running back in the entire league. His presence in the backfield alone opens up so much for the Giants’ offense, specifically Daniel Jones’ running abilities with read options.
Backing up Barkley is Matt Breida, a veteran who showed he could step up when Barkley needs a breather, and rookie Eric Gray, who many believe has a bright future in the league.
Wide Receivers // C+
This is a room that the Giants, quite frankly, have struggled with since they traded away star WR Odell Beckham Jr. However, this offseason has been a very solid one for the Gmen, retaining many contributors from last years, such as Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins, Wandale Robinson, and Sterling Shepard.
They added some great pieces, such as Jalin Hyatt, Parris Campbell, and Jamison Crowder, all of whom should contribute to an offense predicated on slot action. Overall, this position group should be greatly improved from last season.
Tight Ends // A-
Simply put, the success of the Giants’ offense is going to rely heavily on the performance of the tight-end groups. Lucky for them, they have one of the best groups in the entire league. They traded for star TE Darren Waller from the Raiders, who, while he has dealt with injuries the past few seasons, is a top 5 TE in the entire league.
Backing him up is Daniel Bellinger, who many were comfortable with viewing as the future of the position for Big Blue. They also have Lawrence Cager as a predicted 3rd string, who, in short spurts, showed he could be a dynamic player in the passing game. This group has the ability to transform this offense into a top-10 offense in the NFL.
Offensive Line // B-
This grade is heavily impacted by the fact that Andrew Thomas may literally be the best offensive tackle in the entire league. Last year, Thomas elevated his game to a completely new height that many did not see coming, allowing Daniel Jones to feel much more comfortable in the pocket as both a passer and a runner. Evan Neal is a guy who can truly make this a great line, and although he did not have an ideal rookie season, he should take a huge step up this year.
Manning the middle is John Michael-Schmitz, a rookie out of Minnesota. Schmitz is a guy that had been projected to be picked in the late first but fell to the second round, allowing for the Giants to take who they view as a staple of their line for years to come. While the guard positions are not perfect, Ben Bredeson proved to be solid, and Mark Glowinski is looking to improve off of what was a disappointing year 1 of his contract.
Overall, this line has the ability to become a group that ranks in the top half of the league.
Overall Grade // B
The Giants’ offense was nowhere near perfect last season; however, they addressed some major issues this offseason in hopes of churning out an offense that could rank anywhere from the top half to the top 10 in the entire league.
Their additions to the receiving and tight end rooms allow for a seamless fit into Brian Daboll/Mike Kafka’s offense, which is heavily reliant on the short game, while also keeping and adding some major deep threats, such as Darius Slayton and Jalin Hyatt.
This offense has a chance to shock some people next season.