4 Giants who must elevate their game with Darren Waller likely gone

These Giants offensive players will benefit the most from Darren Waller retiring.
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1. TE Theo Johnson

One of the things Giants general manager Joe Schoen prioritized this offseason was addressing the tight end position. The Giants are bringing back Bellinger and veteran Lawrence Cager, while they signed free agents Jack Stoll and Chris Manhertz to one-year deals. However, the most significant move was drafting Johnson at No. 107 overall in this year's NFL Draft.

The team has been preparing for Waller's retirement for months and adding Johnson has been fantastic insurance. Johnson was a highly-touted prospect as a three-year starter in college. He has excellent size and athletic ability and performed well the last two seasons, which is why he was the fifth tight end off the board this year. Last year, as a junior with the Nittany Lions, he had 34 receptions, 341 yards, and seven touchdowns in 13 games.

With the additions of Johnson, Stoll, and Manhertz, plus the Giants bringing back Bellinger and Cager, the team has plenty of depth at TE. Big Blue should be able to function without Waller going forward, and fans have already moved on. As a collective, the Giants should be better off without Waller because they'll be saving money (more than $11 million in cap space) and could have several offensive players have breakout campaigns this year as well.