The Cleveland Browns have successfully passed the “laughing stock of the NFL” baton to the New York Giants. It’s crazy to think that just 7 years ago, Eli Manning and the New York Giants hoisted the Lombardi trophy after beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Let me tell you. A lot can change in 7 years.
Over the last two years, the Giants have won a total of eight games. After a 3-13 season in 2017, the Giants turned that into a high draft pick and selected standout running back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State. This selection was a risk, but it panned out well for the Giants. Barkley is has already shown himself to be an elite playmaker who can take the ball out of the backfield as well as catch it and make plays in the open field. However, his great rooking season only resulted in the Giants winning five games in 2018.
This offseason has been rough for New York Giants fans. A lot of people inside and outside of the organization are starting to question the general manager Dave Gettleman. Recent drafts have come up short of expectations (aside from Barkley) and his trades and pick-ups, or lack thereof, have been pointless or hurtful to the team. In March of this year, the Giant’s traded their franchise wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. To the Browns. Although OBJ has had his issues on and off the field, that is a talent you simply cannot let go. He is second ALL-TIME in yards per game, only behind Julio Jones. This just added more fuel to the dumpster fire that is the New York Giants.
To everyone’s surprise, the Giant’s plan on keeping Eli Manning as the starting quarter and leader of the offense for next season. Don’t get me wrong, Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer with two super bowl championships, but I don’t think he has enough left in the tank. However, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a great mentor for a young quarterback.
That brings me to my next point, the potential to draft your franchise QB. With the sixth pick in this year’s draft, the Giants selected Daniel Jones out of Duke. This shocked the crowd and the sports world as higher thought of QBs such as Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock were still on the board. I mean, I can’t say much considering the ridicule the Chiefs got for trading up to get Patrick Mahomes. I guess we will have to see, but personally, I don’t see this working out for the Giants.