5 first-year NY Giants who may not return in 2023

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The 2022 New York Giants fooled everyone, but now the real work begins for the front office. In the coming weeks, the duo of general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll will have several major decisions to make. The major talking point up to this point is how this front office will approach both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley as they enter free agency.

Outside of Jones and Barkley, there are still many other players and contracts that this team must handle. Dexter Lawrence has looked like a star and he wants an extension. Darius Slayton has been a consistent piece in the Giants offense, but is currently a free agent. The same can be said for safety Julian Love.

Depending on how the Giants approach the offseason, their roster could look drastically different come the start of next fall. This includes several first-year Giants who may not be back for the 2023 campaign. In this piece, we take a look at five first-year G-Men who could be on their way out:

5. RB Matt Breida

In his one season with the Giants, running back Matt Breida stepped in as the team’s RB2. But with Barkley running at a high level, and able to stay healthy, he struggled to earn playing time. Along with this, second-year running back Gary Brightwell also carved out a spot in the offense.

Breida finished the regular season recording just 54 carries for 220 rushing yards and one touchdown. Through the air, he added 20 receptions for 118 receiving yards. Breida struggled to make an impact in the Giants ground game this past season. And the running back position will already be a point of emphasis for this team in the offseason.

The Giants will first have to figure out what will happen with Barkley. If he returns, it could change how they address the rest of the room. Along with this, Brightwell looked to be a reliable RB2. They could look to lean on him even more next season. In turn, Breida could potentially be the odd man out. This could lead to him joining his fifth team in five seasons.