Ranking the 5 best NY Giants moves from this offseason
After a phenomenal first season on the job for Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen, the NY Giants brass now has the challenge of creating sustained success, proving that they’re no fluke. Well, their offseason thus far is off to a roaring start. The Giants have already made a slew of moves that have improved their roster, and Schoen still has the 2023 NFL Draft later in April to continue cultivating his vision.
From dishing out some serious free agent contracts to swinging a huge trade, the franchise hasn’t been shy about utilizing all their resources to ensure the playoffs become the standard once again in New York. While there’s still some holes to fill, the Giants are in a better shape now than they were a couple of weeks ago.
So, what are the best decisions Schoen and Co. made to keep New York moving in the right direction? Here are our top five moves that the NY Giants made this offseason, ranked in order:
5) Bolstering the WR corps
To say the Giants wide receiving corps needed a lift after last season would be an understatement. The mere fact that Jones had his best season with the squad of pass-catchers he had shows the growth of the Giants quarterback under Daboll. However, the franchise made some shrewd moves this offseason to ensure he has some reliable wide receivers to throw to.
First, Wan’Dale Robinson and Isaiah Hodgins were already slated to return before free agency got started. Robinson suffered a season-ending injury in 2022, but showed flashes before then, and of course Hodgins balled out after joining New York.
Then, the Giants decided to bring back Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. Shepard was essential as a locker room guy even though he missed almost the whole season with an injury, and Slayton was the exact kind of player Daboll loves, making himself invaluable throughout the 2022 season.
Finally, the Giants bolstered their depth with some outside pass catchers, including former Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell, veteran slot receiver and kick returner Jamison Crowder and utility wide receiver Jeff Smith. Additionally, Collin Johnson, who the Giants were high on before a preseason season-ending injury last season, will return, and he could be a dark-horse player in 2023.
All in all, I still expect the Giants to look to add a wide receiver or two early in the 2023 NFL Draft, with a litany of talented pass-catchers available. The unit should be in much better shape entering 2023 than it was last season.