After the Giants did everything possible to improve their team, they are in a must win season. Here are five players in particular who need to show up in order to help the Giants succeed.
Daniel Jones – Giants QB
The most obvious pick, Jones needs to take over. Now in his third season, and with more weapons than ever, Jones has absolutely no excuses. The Giants have given jones all the tools and it now relies on his performance. Jones started his career earlier than expected after Eli Manning was benched in week two. Jones had a relatively productive rookie season, however he was unable to win many games. His second season had a few injury concerns, but Jones looked a bit better. Jones needs to work on his decision making. There were certain plays in 2020 where he could’ve avoided throwing a pick or fumbling if he didn’t force passes or runs. If Jones can improve these things he can take the Giants to the next level.
Evan Engram – Giants WR
After a horrendous 2020, Engram remains, for now. Engrams drops were the talk of the town for New York’s receiving struggles, as many of his drops led to interceptions. This is simply unacceptable. Engram gets a new contract soon, and if he wants to remain a Giant, he needs to improve his receiving. The Giants just signed Kyle Rudolph, so that should put some pressure on Engram to succeed.
Kenny Golladay – Giants WR
After receiving the contract he did, Golladay is expected to play and provide like a WR1. New York wasn’t able to find their true WR1 since Odell Beckham Jr. left, until Golladay came along. The Giants have had their eyes on Golladay since the trade deadline, so they obviously believe in him. Golladay must produce a strong season or his signing could be considered a mistake.
Adoree’ Jackson – Giants DB
Another high value signing, Jackson is expected to be the teams much needed CB2. With the NFC East getting stronger as a whole at the WR position, it is crucial that the Giants have two lockdown corners ready to go every Sunday. Jackson needs to be able to handle guys like CeeDee Lamb and Curtis Samuel. Before his injury which led to his release from Tennessee, Adoree was a elite corner for the Titans. If he can replicate that in New York, the Giants got a good one.
Andrew Thomas – OT
Finally, Daniel Jones’ right hand man. Thomas, who is expected to be the starting LT, dealt with injuries throughout all of 2020. If you’re not aware of that, like most non Giants fans who couldn’t care less, you’ve already labeled him as a bust. While Tristan Wirfs or Mekhi Becton may have been the better option, the Giants had a fine selection for their choice. Thomas has tons of potential. However, he must reach that potential or the Giants line will remain weak. New York’s offensive line has been weak for too long, and Thomas needs to provide protection for Jones and Saquon Barkley in order for the Giants to succeed next season.