As a season full of disappointments and letdowns comes to a bitter close, it is time to start looking at how Joe Schoen can revamp the roster heading into next season. With injuries depleting key positions and the New York Giants simply lacking talent, everyone can agree that moves need to be made.
With a talented and deep player pool in the upcoming NFL Draft, a plethora of free agent options, and several players seeking contract extensions, these five moves will be of the utmost importance for the Giants to return to winning football in 2024 and make Schoen look brilliant in the process:
5. Draft a quarterback
Giants' fans may not want to hear it, but it's time to begin the process of moving off of Daniel Jones. After being rewarded with a four-year, $160 million contract last offseason, this season was riddled with injuries and poor play. Winning just one of his six starts this season and sporting a poor 2-6 touchdown to interception ratio - the Giants must start preparing for a future without Jones.
Luckily for the Giants, their 5-11 record, matched with a diverse and ultra-talented 2024 QB draft class, leaves plenty of room for optimism and hope. Although unlikely to land Caleb Williams, the standout from USC, the likes of Drake Maye (UNC), Jayden Daniels (LSU), JJ McCarthy (Michigan), Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) and Bo Nix (Oregon) will all be options in the early rounds.
While drafting the right quarterback is important, properly nurturing and developing the quarterback is equally essential. With Jones still on the books for the foreseeable future, it may make sense to start Jones and allow him to act as a mentor while the rookie QB can continue to learn and grow as a backup. These decisions and situations will greatly impact this Giants' team for decades to come, and it is critical for Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll to make the right decision.