5 bold predictions for the NY Giants and Joe Schoen this offseason

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After an incredible season in which the NY Giants went 9-7-1 and went to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, the team enters the offseason with an incredible amount of room to improve. Not only will the team have $50+ million in cap space, but they also have 11 draft picks to work with.

While this year’s free agency class may not be the most exciting in terms of the Giants needs, they could still make a splash or two while retaining some key players to the roster. This could be a very fun and surprising offseason in which we see some new faces in New York, while simultaneously bringing back key members of the team back on big-time contracts.

Some moves could be made that no one sees coming too. With that said, here are five bold predictions for the NY Giants 2023 offseason:

5. The front office lets Julian Love walk in favor of Dane Belton

Following his best season yet, Julian Love is set to hit the market as a free agent this offseason and the Giants are tasked with attempting to bring him back. However, there’s a chance we don’t see that happen and instead Love is allowed to walk in order to both save money and give more snaps to Dane Belton.

Love likely won’t make a ton of money even if the Giants do decide to bring him back, but with players like Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Dexter Lawrence, and Andrew Thomas needing extensions soon, the front office is going to have to save as much money as possible.

Belton on the other hand, had a pretty solid rookie season for a fourth-round pick. While he wasn’t all that great against the run, he showed a good amount of potential in coverage, which when put next to Xavier McKinney, could become an intriguing duo in the future.

In 238 coverage snaps, Belton allowed 16 receptions on 24 targets for 194 yards and zero touchdowns while snagging two interceptions and allowing a passer rating of just 56.6. While this could have something to do with the limited snaps he received, it is certainly exciting to see a good amount of success in coverage.

As for Love, he had a pretty good season considering how poorly he had played in the past, racking up a team-leading 104 tackles, while also snagging two interceptions and three pass breakups. However, Love still wasn’t the best in coverage aside for his interceptions, in 581 coverage snaps, Love allowed 34 catches on 48 targets for 373 yards and three touchdowns. His future in NY is up in the air.