Giants Make Big Move to Improve Defense

The 2017 NFL season was not a very good one for the New York Giants. While the Giants looked as if they could compete for a spot in the NFL playoffs, the season quickly went the wrong way and the team struggled throughout the year. After a promising 2016 season, the Giants ended up winning only two games while losing 14, which was good for the second worst record in the league. To make matters worse, the Giants had to see their bitter rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, win the Super Bowl.

Much of the 2017 season disappointment had to do with injuries. All three of the teams starting wide receivers missed a lot of time during the year. This made it nearly impossible for quarterback Eli Manning to find rhythm. Ultimately, he was benched for the first time in his career towards the end of the season. Now that the offseason is officially underway, the Giants are looking for ways to be better next year. This past week the team made a big move by trading for a standout defensive player (http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-trade-ogletree-20180307-story.html).

During the first week of the official offseason, the Giants traded for Alec Ogletree, who is 26-year old former first round draft pick. The Los Angeles Rams to the Giants in exchange for a few draft picks traded Ogletree. Ogletree, who now plays inside linebacker, has made a very positive impact on the Rams defense over the past few years. In 2016 he was named 2nd-team All Pro and continues to look like one of the more dominant linebacker in the league.

This will likely not be the last move that the Giants make during the offseason. The team is very heavily focused on improving through the draft. During the upcoming draft, they will have the number 2 overall pick. There are many different rumors out there about which direction the team will go, but at this point it is unclear. Many believe that the Giants would like to get a new quarterback to replace Manning, but it is not clear whether they would like to use the number 2 pick on any of the players coming out this year. Another option would be to trade down the pick and build more depth.

Giants Focus on 2018 Season

Prior to the 2017 NFL season, there were many different experts that expected that the New York Giants could once again return to their Super Bowl form and compete for a division and league title. While the team had a lot of Promise due to the amount of weapons that had on offense, a lot of different injuries and overall other struggles quickly turn the season upside down. While the Giants were widely expected by some to at least compete for a playoff spot, those expectations were thrown out the window very early on. The team ended up finishing with a very disappointing record or just 3 wins and 13 losses.

A lot of the struggles with the team were due to injuries that occurred early in the year. While the team was considered to have the best wide receiver core in the league, all three of the team’s top receivers suffered major injuries during the year. This made it impossible for quarterback Eli Manning to throw the ball down the field and the team ended up getting blown out of a lot of games.

Now that the 2017 season is over, the Giants are focused on improving for the future (http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/55909/giants-coaching-search-steve-wilks-gets-to-show-why-players-gravitates-toward-him). This offseason the team and franchise will have a lot of different important decisions to make.

One of the biggest decisions that the team will have to make is what to do about their quarterback position. During the 2017 season, quarterback Eli Manning was benched for the first time in his entire career and had one week in which he did not even start the game. While the quarterback has won two Super Bowls and is likely going to be in the Hall of Fame someday, it does not seem clear whether or not the Giants are willing to move forward with him in the future. The Giants will end up having a very high draft pick and some believe that they could end up drafting a quarterback with that pick in an attempt to build for the future.

While a new quarterback could be a big help for the future, they also need to focus on other areas. The team showed that they have an overall lack of depth and need a lot of pieces to fill in the gaps.

The New York Giants and the Future of a Franchise

For many NFL teams, strategy for the upcoming postseason is the most important objective at this point during the regular season. For other, less successful teams, however, early draft tactics are being employed to ensure success in the upcoming years.

The New York Giants (2-9; 4th in the NFC East) is one of those teams hoping to erase this year’s performance from memory and are instead choosing to focus their energy on next year’s draft where they will have the fortune of snapping up a top three selection.
Since this is an opportunity the Giants rarely get, they are predicted to take advantage of the situation by going with UCLA junior Josh Rosen, the most technically sound passing quarterback of the 2018 draft class.

Rosen is a top tier pocket passing quarterback who, in the last 6 quarters of his collegiate career, has racked up 623 yards with five touchdowns and only one pick. He has also shown remarkable resilience throughout his tenure with the Bruins and has proved his ability to score while taking huge hits under defensive pressure. If he signs with the Giants, he’s predicted to develop into a franchise quarterback under Eli Manning thanks to his natural passing ability and arm talent that is being hailed as starter material.
However, there are two sides to every story as the Bruins are hoping the elite level quarterback will stay for one more year where he will have the opportunity to partner up with new head coach Chip Kelly and potentially bring in a national championship thanks to the latter’s incredible track record in Philadelphia, Oregon, and San Francisco as well as his fresh approach to offensive schemes.

Regardless of his choice, Rosen is looking at a bright future and one more year under the tutelage of one of the top coaches in the nation cannot hurt the quarterback’s draft stock in the upcoming years. For the Giants, however, it may be the future of the franchise that slips away should Rosen choose to stay one more year with Chip Kelly and aim for a national championship.

Giants Look to Fulfill Needs in the 2017 Draft

With the 2017 NFL draft behind them, the Giants hope they have found the tools that will let them move past the first round of the playoffs. While the team was forecasted to be looking for help along the offensive line and linebacker, they opted for depth in the skill positions, and possibly, their successor at quarterback. The Giants did not try to trade up for a higher pick, or to give up an earlier pick for multiple picks in later rounds. Only time will tell how well they judged their needs and the talent in the draft.

 

In the first round, with the 23rd pick in the draft, the Giants chose to beef up their receiving corps. Looking for someone to line up with Beckham and Marshall, the team went looking for a tight end. The top candidate in the draft, O. J. Howard of Alabama, was drafted a few slots earlier by Tampa Bay at No. 19. With Howard off the board, the Giants took Evan Engram of Ole Miss as their first choice. At 6-3 with a 4.42 40 time, Engram is the kind of player that can step into the starting rotation from day 1 and gives New York an impressive trio of receivers. However, some question whether Rueben Foster, from Alabama, may have filled a more immediate need at linebacker.

 

When day two of the draft came around, the Giants went defensive with the 55th pick overall. New York chose defensive end, Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama, in the second round. The team needed a replacement for Johnathan Hankins who they lost to the Colts last month in free agency. At 6-3, 310 LBS, Tomlinson has the size to play in the interior though experts had him going lower in the draft.

 

The most interesting pick for the Giants came in the third round at the end of day two. New York chose Davis Webb out of the University of California. Picking him up in the third round seems to give the Giants fair value for the pick. The main question is whether the team is looking at Webb as a dependable backup for the foreseeable future, or as Manning’s eventual successor.

 

The Giant ended the draft by taking RB Wayne Gallman with the No. 140th pick, improving their ground game. However, it wasn’t until their last pick of the day, offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, did the team do anything to address an offensive line that under-performed last year.

Giants and Jets Preview

Heading into the third week of the 2016 NFL Regular Season, the New York Giants and New York Jets seemed to be two of the most analyzed teams in the league. While this is partly due to the fact that they reside in New York City, it also had to do with the fact that they had many question marks and appeared to have the talent to reach the postseason. Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the Jets were 1-1 and in second place in the division and the Giants were 2-0 and in first place of the NFC East. According to a recent news article (http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/nfl-week-3-picks-giants-redskins-will-be-tight-jets-win-outright-cowboys-lock-of-the-week-1.12354304), both the Jets and the Giants have a good chance to win their games and continue to track towards making the playoffs at the end of the season.

 

The Giants will be playing a tough home game this week against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins will enter the game with no wins and two losses, but are always a tough matchup for the Giants. The main focus on the game will be on the outside of the field as the Redskins’ Josh Norman will battle against wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior. Despite signing Norman to a huge contract earlier this year, the Redskins have not done well when it comes to stopping top receivers. Beckham, plus Victor Cruz, could prove to be too much for Washington.

 

While the Giants are at home, the Jets will be playing on the road in Kansas City. The Jets will visit the Chiefs, who also have a 1-1 record. The Chiefs were expected to compete for the division title this year, but have looked weak at times so far this year. The biggest problem that the Chiefs have had is finding stability on offense. They used to be led by leading running back Jamaal Charles, but he has missed the first two games and is expected to miss a third this week. The Jets will continue to be led offensively by several veteran players such as Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brandon Marshall.

New York Giants Predictions for 2016 Season

The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.

 

The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.

 

While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.

 

Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.

 

New York Giants Predictions for 2016 Season

The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.

The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.

While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.

Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.