How the NY Giants failed Daniel Jones
The NY Giants skill group
Early in Gettleman’s tenure, he infamously traded Odell Beckham Jr. after signing him to a contract extension one year prior.
The trade itself worked out well for the Giants on the surface level, as they acquired Jabrill Peppers and two first round picks, with one turning into Dexter Lawrence. The issue is what the front office did to make up the loss of the Pro Bowl receiver.
New York also signed a 31-year old Golden Tate to a 4-year, $37 million deal with $23 million guaranteed. He was added to a group of pass catchers that included third-year tight end Evan Engram, fourth-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard and 5th round rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton. All together, those four and 2nd year running back Saquon Barkley combined for a modest 13 drops in 2019.
The following year, Barkley suffered a season-ending injury in week two, Shepard missed four games with injuries and Tate’s role was significantly reduced in the offense. Meanwhile, Engram and Slayton played all 16 games, but combined for 17 drops after combining for just five the previous season.
Now in year three, Gettleman spent a massive amount to sign Kenny Golladay, used a 1st-round pick on Kadarius Toney and signed a red zone target in Kyle Rudolph, all of whom got little work with Jones in preseason camp due to injuries.
This year may be the year the skill group comes together and proves to be a strong unit, but it’ll have to pick up the slack from the offensive line.