After a somewhat underwhelming season, the New York Giants must look to the future. Quarterback Daniel Jones finished the campaign with only eleven touchdowns. This is dreadfully low, especially compared to his 2019 total of 24. This is a problem that must be remedied, and fast. Although there are many reasons for this, one could point at the Giants’ lack of receiving depth. General manager David Gettleman must take it upon himself to find Jones a reliable target this offseason. Luckily, the Giants will have many options. Here are their five best choices at wideout this winter.
1. Allen Robinson ( Chicago Bears)
Wideouts are abundant in this year’s free agency market. The near-consensus crown jewel is Chicago receiver, Allen Robinson. He will look to sign a large deal this offseason after racking up over 1200 yards in 2020. In addition, Robinson is a seven-year pro who has been to one Pro Bowl, in 2015. The Giants would certainly be lucky to have Robinson, who is one of football’s best receivers.
2. Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions)
Big Blue will have to look elsewhere in the NFC North if they miss out on signing Robinson. Kenny Golladay of Detroit will make a good addition to the Giants’ offense. Golladay scored a league-leading eleven touchdowns in 2019. His 2020 campaign was hampered by injuries, unfortunately. In addition, he will likely look to sign a short “prove it” deal” outside of Detroit, according to speculation. Prior to his injuries, Golladay showed promise, racking up 19 touchdowns and about 2,500 yards in his first three seasons. Golladay is also known for his explosiveness downfield, which would complement Giants Quarterback Daniel Jones’ remarkable accuracy downfield. With that said, he would certainly be a big help on Big Blue’s offense in 2021.
3. Curtis Samuel (Carolina Panthers)
Third on the list for the G-Men should be Carolina Panthers wideout, Curtis Samuel. This pickup is a no-brainer as he was originally drafted by Giants GM David Gettleman. Samuel is coming off his rookie deal. In his first four seasons, he recorded about 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, which is admittedly less than other players on the market. However, he would make up for this with his low price and familiarity with the organization. Samuel is clearly in the favor of GM Dave Gettleman, as he once used a second-round pick on him. Giants fans can count on Samuel being a probable pickup for the Giants this offseason, due to his relationship with Gettleman and his expected bargain price tag.
4. DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
If the New York Giants are unable to sign a star wideout this offseason, they will have to look to the draft. With the eleventh pick, it is somewhat unlikely that any star talent will fall to them. However, it is impossible to tell what teams do prior to the draft. With luck, the Giants will be able to select Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith. Nicknamed “the Slim Reaper” due to his modest frame, Smith shocked the college football world by going on a tear to end the regular season and playoffs. This was enough to skyrocket his draft stock. If Smith were available at the eleventh pick, it would be silly not to pick him. He has serious star potential and has low risk with a high reward.
5. Kyle Pitts (WR/TE, Florida)
If the Giants miss out on a top wideout in the draft, they can still look elsewhere to fill this void. Kyle Pitts is the consensus number one tight end in the 2021 class. There is no debate about it. He is a generational physical specimen, standing at 6’6″ and weighing 250 pounds. In his Junior season with the Florida Gators, Pitts torched opposing defenses for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 43 receptions. As one of the most athletic players in his class, it will be hard for the Giants to pass up on Pitts. In addition, many speculate that Pitts may convert to wideout under many schemes in the pros. He is simply too athletic to remain a tight end. Further, he is reminiscent of Evan Engram, although Pitts’s skills are far more refined and pro-ready.
After a disappointing season, the New York Giants must revamp their offense if they want to compete in their future. With that said, there are many options present for them to do this during this offseason, and a very little excuse to enter 2021 with a weak offense.