In 2019, the Giants as a team left a lot to be desired for. Both on defense and offense they struggled, but don’t let their 2019 performance let you think that the Giants offense is not good. The offense boasts a lot of young talent including Superstar RB Saquon Barkley, former 6th Overall Draft Pick QB Daniel Jones, and a really underrated WR corps headlined by young Darius Slayton. Here are five reasons why the Giants Offense will be a top 5 offense in 2020.
- A New Coaching Staff
In the 2019 offseason, the Giants cleaned house, firing HC Pat Schumur, OC Mike Shula and DC James Bettcher. To replace the fired coaches, Big Blue brought in HC Joe Judge and recently fired OC Jason Garrett. The hiring of Jason Garrett could prove to be a home run. Jason Garrett served as Head Coach of the division-rival Dallas Cowboys since 2010. Under Garrett as a HC, the Cowboys underwhelmed a lot, but that doesn’t mean that he is a bad coordinator. In fact, before he was named HC of Dallas, he served as their OC from 2007-2010. During those years, the Cowboys offense was elite. In his first season, they were the 2nd best offense in the NFL, and was top 15 every year until he became Head Coach. He should be able to develop this offense into an elite offense, with the weapons littered throughout.
- An Improved Offensive Line
The Giants put a lot of emphasis on improving the Offensive Line over the past couple seasons. According to PFF, the Giants offensive line was the 5th most improved from 2018 to 2019, and it is only getting better, especially after selecting tackle Andrew Thomas 4th Overall to replace the Traffic Cone known as Nate Solder. With more time in the pocket, Daniel Jones could breakout into a top 10 QB. Additionally, with better blocking, Saquon Barkley will have bigger and better holes to hit.
3. The Tight Ends
The Giants have a pretty good TE Group, which includes Evan Engram, Kaden Smith and Levine Toilolo. While Toilolo is primarily a blocking TE, Evan Engram and Kaden Smith could prove to be a pretty good TE group when healthy. After Engram and recently retired Rhett Ellison both got injured near the end of the year, Smith stepped up and was a legitimate weapon for Daniel Jones. If he could play like he played at the end of the year, Smith could turn out to be a good weapon for Daniel Jones. Additionally, if Engram could stay healthy, which is a big if, his speed tears up defenses.
4. Saquon Barkley
The third year RB has been nothing short of elite his first two seasons. He has reached 1,000 yards both years, which was especially impressive last season, as he dealt with an ankle sprain that hindered him for most of the year. As long as he stays healthy this season, Saquon could easily eclipse 1,500 rushing yards this season, and could help take a lot of pressure off of sophomore QB Daniel Jones.
5. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate
Two of the league’s top Slot WRs, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are important pieces to this offense. Both missed time last year due to injuries and suspensions but if both play a full 16 game season, Shepard could grow into a really good possession receiver, and the slickness and elusiveness of Golden Tate can prove useful to the Giants offense. If you give Tate some space in the open field, he can create big plays. Jason Garrett should have fun scheming an offense around players like Saquon and Tate.
With the weapons in this offense, Daniel Jones could take a huge step towards being an elite QB, and the Giants as a whole could threaten to be a dangerous team.