NY Giants Lack Playmakers

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 13: Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears looks on during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 13: Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears looks on during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Last week everything was perfect in NY Giants land, but now the concern is back after an ugly loss Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals.

The fact of the matter is the NY Giants are second to last in the NFL in points scored in the NFL to the winless Jets.

There’s a lot of people you came blame it on. Jason Garrett has not been an effective play caller. Daniel Jones has regressed at times. Saquon Barkley is injured. Evan Engram and Darius Slayton have had down years and the Giants didn’t add many offensive players this offseason. The Giants have never come close to replacing the production of Odell Beckham Jr. Past Giants Super Bowl teams have had the likes of Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

It’s easy to just blame Daniel Jones for everything and that seems to be what a lot of Giants fans love to do.

Jones struggled Sunday but he was clearly still injured. It’s not a lock that Jones is the Giants quarterback next year but I think it will be a big mistake if the Giants move off of Jones. Ultimately I think they will not and he will be the guy.

The NY Giants lack weapons.

They lack skill position players.

They lack a guy who can beat any defense and lack a guy who defenses have to game plan for.

We saw a few times Sunday when Daniel Jones took coverage sacks as his wideouts failed to get open. Just take a look what other teams have. The Titans have row guys who it’s in possible to game plan for in AJ Brown and Derrick Henry. The Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, Saints, Steelers and Rams all have at least 4 guys you have to worry about and no surprise they are playoff teams. Even bad teams like Cowboys, Bengals, Chargers and Falcons have stock piled weapons. Teams like the Patriots, Lions, Eagles, Texans and Jets have all failed at this and it shows.

The trio of Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton hasn’t been effective. Per Pro Football Focus the Giants have only had one game where a receiver graded 80+ and that is a problem. The Giants need to move on from Golden Tate following this season despite Tate making some nice plays of late. The Giants need to move Shepard in his true role, move Slayton into the third reviver role and add a true number one receiver this year.

The options on the wide receiver market can possibly be plenty. Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith Schuster, Will Fuller and even Chris Godwin can potentially hit the free agent market or be on the trade block if they are franchise tagged. Allen Robinson has had a monster year despite playing with a dysfunctional Bears offense. He has 86 catches, 1027 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s yet to drop a pass this season. Kenny Golladay has battled injuries but is still a dynamic threat. Chris Godwin has emerged as Tom Brady’s favorite target which makes it hard to see him leave Tampa. Godwin has missed 4 games and is playing with pins in his finger has still managed to have 51 catches, 587 yards and 3 touchdowns. Perhaps a reunion with old friend Odell Beckham Jr is a possibility as well ? Doubtful but his name has come up when it comes to the Browns moving on. Some smaller names can include Corey Davis, Curtis Samuel and Sammy Watkins.

The NFL draft will feature some top talents as well. Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and Rashod Bateman could all be first round options for the Giants. If I was the NY Giants I wouldn’t be opposed to adding a veteran wide receiver and drafting a wide receiver in the top two rounds.

Think of the possibilities for the NY Giants in 2021, with a Joe Judge led team with the way the defense is playing and the offensive line is improving if they can become a good offense.

The offense has held them back this season. A unit that features Allen Robinson or Ja’Marr chase (or both), Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley can be a great one. It’s an offensive league and the NY Giants lack explosive players.

The NY Giants have 3 games left this season and will have to make the most of what they have on offense. If the Giants do it right this offseason they will attack the weakness and add some playmakers. They need not one but two wide receivers. They will look to an offensive coordinator who plays to his quarterback’s strengths. Just look what a strong offseason has done for this years Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen.

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