3 reasons the Darren Waller trade will prove to be gold for the Giants

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2. Waller takes a ton of pressure off the Giants wide receivers

Waller is 6-6 and weighs 255 pounds, but runs a 4.46 40-yard dash. He is an athletic freak and a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. That is going to take so much pressure off the Giants wide receivers.

As currently constructed, the Giants have a solid lineup at wide receiver that features Isaiah Hodgins, Parris Campbell Jr., Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson, and Sterling Shepard. None of those guys are WR1s, but the Giants now have a number-one pass catcher. He just happens to play tight end.

Opposing teams will gameplan to take away Waller, which will enable all five of those wideouts to have favorable matchups. Slayton, Robinson, and Campbell Jr. all have a ton of speed, making it hard for defensive backs to cover them one on one.

All five of the featured Giants receivers' profile as WR2 or WR3. The Giants haven’t had a WR1 since Odell Beckham Jr. was traded - Slayton and Shepard have had to fill that role. Now that the Giants have Waller, all five wideouts can go back to filling the roles their skillsets are made for. That will make the Giants offense very potent.