The New York Giants and Joe Schoen have entered a tough and unpredictable offseason. With guys like Logan Ryan and Evan Engram leaving the team, Schoen and the front office have created more cap room. At the beginning of the offseason, Schoen was aiming to free up around 40 million dollars in cap space. In a previous article, I delved into the idea of getting rid of Logan Ryan. The Giants successfully cut Logan Ryan on 3/17 and received around 9 million dollars in cap space. Although the Giants have problems with both the cap and problems with their holes, this team has a promising offseason ahead. Ricky Seals-Jones was a great pickup for Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph and both the signings of Mark Glowinski, and Jon Feliciano. So what are the Big Blue’s biggest holes, and how can we fix them?
Giants First Hole – Offensive Line
Although Glowinski and Felciano are great pickups for the Big Blue, there are still holes to fill on the OL. The Giants are expected to take an offensive lineman with one of the first two top ten picks this year. This should add some youth to the already young OL with Andrew Thomas. Ikem Ekwonu is a perfect fit for this Big Blue offense and the Giants should target him in this year’s draft. The fact of the matter is keeping Daniel Jones standing the past couple of years has been a problem. Jones has not been able to get the passing game going or build any chemistry with his receivers during the game because of the continued pressure. The Giants MUST address the offensive line problem in this year’s off-season.
New York’s Second Hole – Running Back
Since the Giants are open to trading Saquon Barkley and cutting Devontae Booker for cap space, it’s time the Giants invest in a running back. When healthy, Barkley is one of the best running backs in the league, but the Giants have not been able to keep him on the field. Devonte Booker was also not able to really fill his shoes while he was absent. The front office will be scared to take a running back early in the draft again. If New York is able to find quality in the later rounds, it should be an easy pick. The Big Blue failed to get the passing game going and relied heavily on the run game. If New York is looking to do this again in the 2022-23 season they must find a healthy running back. The Giants should stay away from both Barkley and Booker.
Giants Third Hole – Edge Rusher
Although the Giants have found a guy in Azeez Ojulari, the Big Blue must continue to keep a young team. George Karlaftis and Travon Walker would both fit this hole perfectly. They both are strong and powerful and men would create a nightmare for the opposing QB. It’s no secret that the Giants’ pass-rush has underperformed over the past half-decade. Since the Giants will most likely follow the “blueprint” of the Buffalo Bills for the 2022 season, the Bills’ front office has picked 4 rushers since 2018. Expect New York to fill this hole before the season. The bottom line is the Giants have youth in mostly all positions and will take a year or two more to develop into a solid football team.