Why NY Giants’ receiving corps has ‘top five potential’

Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Following the additions of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and others, the NY Giants might have one of the NFL’s premier wide receiving corps around Daniel Jones

This offseason the NY Giants aggressively allocated premium resources to improving quarterback Daniel Jones’ supporting cast.

After signing the prize of the wide receiver class, Kenny Golladay, choosing Kadarius Toney in the first-round of last month’s NFL Draft, and adding John Ross for good measure, suddenly receiver might be the deepest position group on the NY Giants’ roster.

Golladay has averaged 767 yards and five touchdowns through the first four seasons of his career, which would have led the Giants in both categories last season. Meanwhile, the NY Giants are enamored by the potential Ross’ speed provides the offense, and Toney’s versatility.

Quite the upgrade from Darius Slayton leading the NY Giants with 751 yards and three touchdowns in 2020.

So, just how much improved is the NY Giants’ receiving corps?

Pro Football Focus now lists the NY Giants’ receivers as the No. 11 ranked group in the NFL:

"The addition of Golladay takes the pressure off Darius Slayton, who has been an explosive playmaker in his own right. He’s averaged 15.2 yards per reception in his two years, and he pairs with Golladay to form one of the better vertical duos in the league.The Giants then drafted Kadarius Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and he can make an immediate impact in the slot and on gimmick plays. Toney is dynamic with the ball in his hands; he’ll battle veteran Sterling Shepard for slot snaps after Shepard posted the top receiving grade on the team at 79.4 a year ago while ranking second with 37 first downs. That gives the Giants four receivers with different skill sets who can all contribute in their own way. They also took a flier on speedster John Ross, who has a couple of plays per year that remind you of his top-10 ability and 4.22 speed.At tight end, Evan Engram returns after posting the lowest grade of his career at 60.5. Still, he’s a solid option in the passing game, and the addition of free agent Kyle Rudolphwill help. Rudolph is more of a traditional tight end, and he’s a big-bodied red-zone threat who is at the tail end of a good career.The Giants have made one of the biggest transformations in the passing game this offseason, and their variety of playmakers give them top-five potential."

Now that the NY Giants have built the most talented supporting cast Jones has had at his disposal, this season will be pivotal for the third-year quarterback to prove that he too can be one of the premier players at his position.

That’s what the NY Giants are banking on, that’s what fueled this offseason spending spree, and that just might be New York’s ticket to returning to the postseason and once again competing for championships. Or, to justify moving on without Jones, if he doesn’t make the significant strides the organization has facilitated him to in 2021.

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