It's hard to believe that just over a year ago, the New York Giants were not only in the postseason, but they took down the Vikings in the Wild Card Round. This year, though, the G-Men finished the campaign at 6-11 and they're watching the playoffs from home.
The Giants started the year off 1-5, which no one was expecting. Things kept getting worse for the G-Men, highlighted by countless injuries. Daniel Jones tearing his ACL in Week 9 felt like rock bottom. As a whole, nothing went right for this team, but these five players in particular were massive disappointments for both Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll:
5. TE Darren Waller
This was considered the Giants "big" offseason acquisition. NY traded for tight end Darren Waller last March for a compensatory 2023 third-round pick in hopes that Waller could become a top target for Jones. If you look at his stats during his time with Las Vegas, there was real belief that Waller could have a huge impact on the Giants offense. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2019 and was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2019 and 2020. However, this year was a struggle.
Heading into the season, the Giants knew Waller had injury concerns with his hamstring in particular, but he was supposed to stay healthy and not be held back. That wasn't the case. Waller had just 52 receptions for 552 yards and only one touchdown. He was placed on IR in early November and missed more than a month of action. Yikes.
Again, we knew Waller had injury problems entering this season, but it was still disappointing to not see him contribute at a Pro Bowl level - a lot of people were expecting that. Schoen has a tough decision to make with Waller this offseason. It's unknown if he'll return in 2024 or not.