4. The Giants’ offensive line should be better in 2020
Doubters of Jones will bring up his eighteen fumbles in 2019. Even he admits it was a major issue, and ball-security is a focus of his this offseason. That being said, many of the fumbles he had could be blamed on the offensive line.
Daniel Jones was under duress for the majority of his season and was the victim of poor offensive line play. His left tackle (Nate Solder) allowed a league-high 57 pressures in 2019. For the upcoming season, Danny Dimes is likely to have a new LT protecting his blindside.
Andrew Thomas was selected with the 4th overall pick in the draft, and he was rated by PFF as the best pass-blocking tackle in the entire draft class. Going up against elite pass rushers in the SEC, Thomas’ ability to mirror speedy edge rushers was very impressive. Thomas, along with NY Giants’ third-rounder Matt Peart, had the longest arms of the offensive tackles in the draft.
The second most important addition to the offensive line for the G-Men might be Marc Colombo, the offensive line coach. Daniel Jones was continuously hit last season when teams sent stunts and blitzes his way. After Colombo did a tremendous job helping linemen like La’el Collins in Dallas, there is optimism that he can help the o-line in New York get back on track.
According to Next Gen Stats, Saquon Barkley only saw eight or more defenders in the box on 11.5% of his runs last season. Despite that fact, Barkley’s yards per carry decreased in 2019 because of poor offensive line play. When the offensive line improves, Daniel Jones will see more eight-man boxes, which will improve his passing numbers and make his fantasy owners very happy.