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What’s Wrong With The New York Giants?

  • The Draft Network
  • October 21, 2021
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If you haven’t bestowed your eyes upon the dumpster fire that has been the New York Giants through six weeks, allow me to provide context.

Through nearly the halfway point of the season, the Dallas Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs would currently lead the Giants in “receiving” touchdowns. Why is that important? Well, Diggs plays defense, and his two pick-sixes currently represent more touchdowns scored than any Giants pass-catcher has totaled through the air. Five Giants players are tied with one on the season, highlighting a unit that has been as disappointing as any in football. 

The issues, as they have since his arrival, start under center with Daniel Jones. Since entering the league in 2019, Jones has amassed just nine wins, compared to 23 losses, and is coming off arguably his worst performance of his 2021 campaign in a 38-11 blowout at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams. On an afternoon that saw Jones attempt 51 passes, he threw for just 242 yards (4.75 YPA), was sacked four times, and threw three interceptions compared to zero touchdown passes. In what was considered a “put up or shut up” campaign for the former first-rounder, things couldn’t have gotten much worse around him which has only added insult to injury as the Giants find themselves at an embarrassing 1-5 clip.

Prior to the season, the Giants, offensively, were looked upon as a group who would take strides. Not big ones, but strides nonetheless. With Saquon Barkley back and the additions of Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney in the wideouts room, a sense of optimism surrounded New York’s offense for the first time since Jones’ arrival to the Big Apple. Fast forward to the writing of this article, and the transactional bomb, if you will, has seemingly blown up once again in the face of oft-criticized general manager Dave Gettleman. Barkley has been a shell of himself. His inability to consistently stay healthy has reared its ugly head once again early this fall after suffering a nasty roll of his ankle against Dallas, and with just 3.6 YPC on 54 attempts rushing, labeling him a massive disappointment thus far would be an understatement.

The issues branch to the rest of the offense, including the headlining names in the pass-catching department, but I want to speak on the offensive line. The Giants are currently dealing with a slew of injuries up front, but following their loss to the Rams in which they surrendered seven (!!!) QB hits, they look completely unplayable. They can’t run block, they can’t pull, and when asked to anchor in the pass game… well, good luck. The same issues were present when they drafted Barkley three years ago and nothing has changed.

While it’s nice to have a Ferrari, keeping it under a tarp with the garage closed does you no good. Their line has been abysmal to say the least, and with no line, there’s no run game, and with no run game, Jones has become a sitting duck for an offense on the heels of a complete rebuild.

Also, it’s time to promote Isaiah Wilson. With struggles aplenty at every spot along the line, let the kid play. Nate Solder has been atrocious, Andrew Thomas is hurt… it’s time for head coach Joe Judge to start switching things up.

Defensively is where the issues become increasingly prevalent. With the offense's lack of any sort of punch on the scoreboard, Patrick Graham’s defense has found itself on the field for the majority of games. With little to no rest time as Jones’ unit consistently enjoys going three-and-out on a series-by-series basis, the punch from Graham’s unit that many expected to keep the Giants in games has been missing through the first six weeks. A defense littered with talent at all three levels, they lost tackle-machine Blake Martinez to a torn ACL in Week 3, and while Tae Crowder and Reggie Ragland have been OK against the run, they are often lost in translation when it comes to working in space in the passing game. In the secondary, don’t let James Bradberry and Xavier McKinney’s interception totals fool you, the Giants have been torched through the air just as much as on the ground, allowing the fourth-most touchdown passes (14), and as a unit, they have allowed teams to score on roughly 48% of their offensive possessions, third-worst in the league.

With no obvious light at the end of the tunnel for New York, it’s time to anchor and hold on for the storm to pass, however long that may be. A franchise with just 19 wins over their last 65 games, it’s gut-check time once again for a group without a path to relevancy moving forward.

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