The dream is dead for the NY Giants. After the team proved so many people wrong throughout the year, they weren’t able to get things done against Philly and they suffered a season-ending loss. Despite no miracle Super Bowl this campaign, that doesn’t take away from the great year.
However, this roster needs a bit of a makeover and there are several areas where the Giants will need to improve, specifically at wide receiver, linebacker and on the offensive line. With that said, here’s a look at five guys who we don’t anticipate suiting up for the Giants next season:
5. Linebacker Jaylon Smith
When Jaylon Smith was signed for his second stint with the Giants, a lot of eyebrows were raised – but in a good way. At inside linebacker, the Giants had a rough go of things throughout the year, but Smith was expected to make a strong impact. With the LBs as a whole, as soon as Blake Martindez was released, someone needed to step up.
While Smith had some decent showings, he’s been among the group of guys who looked nothing short of terrible as well. The former second-round pick over-pursued too many times and RBs took advantage of it. Fans were sick of Tae Crowder, who was released earlier in the year and closed the regular season with the Steelers. Then, Smith became LB enemy No. 1. Look at his angle here:
Smith ended up posting 88 tackles in 13 regular season games for the Giants this year. Wink Martindale spoke highly of Smith late in the season, but Schoen needs to make an upgrade here for next fall. Smith is a free agent this offseason and he just didn’t do enough to earn another go with the G-Men. He just couldn’t be trusted to make big plays.