NY Giants: These 5 position groups show team trending in right direction

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Sterling Shepard #87 and Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Wide receiver

To start, the offense regressed across the board: from quarterback to the running back committee to the entire receiving corps, and even the offensive line, which remained relatively stagnant and not reflective of the drastic moves made in last year’s draft.

Even so, the future of the Giants’ wide receiving corps with Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard remains an area of the team that should excite Giants fans, as it is only lacks a true No. 1 receiver to put the group over the top.

Fortunately, this year’s draft pool will once again feature a deep receiving class in addition to a free agency pool that will include names like WRs Chris Godwin, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay – which should all be names of interest to Big Blue.

In his fifth season in blue, Shepard tied a career-high in catches with 66 receptions for 656 yards on 90 targets. However, due to Jones’ regression and the offensive line’s continued struggles, he averaged a career-low yards per reception in 9.9 yards while catching just 3 TDs.

Meanwhile, despite playing in all 16 games this season, Slayton caught just 50 passed on 96 targets for 751 yards with an average of 15.0 yards per reception fall short of last years totals. He averaged less yards and touchdown catches with an additional two games played this season.

Similarly, Golden Tate played his worst season as a Giant. However, due his PED suspension from the 2019 season (which caused him to miss the first four games in 2019) the front office has the option to void all his guarantees and cut him before next season.

Due to the money that would be owed to him (roughly $9 million) in addition to the roster spot he’s currently filling, the Giants would do well to replace him. He caught just 35 passes for 388 yards and 2 TDs in the 12 games he appeared.

By replacing a veteran like Tate with a younger, more dynamic player, the front office could revitalize the entire receiving corps, which is just one move that – combined with others – could jumpstart the whole position group.

If this past season proved anything, it was that the offense as a whole never looked in sync. But adding a No. 1 WR in the draft or in free agency could help change all that.