After a disappointing season in 2020, the Giants offense looks ready to rebound under new leadership and healthy players. In the offseason, Big Blue brought in former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to revamp the Giants offensive struggles.
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Starting at the quarterback position, Daniel Jones blossomed into a potential franchise quarterback last season that the Giants hoped he would be after drafting him in the first round in 2019. Danny Dimes threw for 3000 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in 13 games. Imagine what Jones will be able to accomplish with healthy weapons all over the football field in 2020.
Almost every major Giants offensive weapon was injured last season. Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley all missed time. With them healthy, not only can Daniel Jones take the next step to become a potential top fifteen quarterback in the NFL, but the Giants offense can establish themselves as one of the most potent offenses in the league.
One weapon that is definitely going to help the Giants succeed next season is Saquon Barkley. Barkley is one of the NFL’s best running backs after winning NFL rookie of the year in 2018. That season, Barkley rushed for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Although his production saw a downturn in 2019, his 1,000 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 13 games show that he is still capable of being one of the NFL’s premier runners under a full season of healthy play.
To add to Barkley, the Giants have one of the league’s most underrated receiving corps with Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton. Shepard caught 57 catches for 570 yards and 3 touchdowns a season ago, but his 2018 showed that he is capable of 60 plus receptions, 800 plus yards, and 4 touchdowns. Having a dependable and potentially explosive threat like Shepard will really give Daniel Jones a reliable receiver to count on.
Talking about reliable receivers, Golden Tate is one of the most dependable receivers league wide, having played for a decade with the Lions, Seahawks, Eagles, and now Giants. In 2019, Tate had 49 receptions for 676 yards and 6 touchdowns. Under a full season of play, look for Tate’s production to increase.
On top of Shepard and Tate, the Giants also have Darius Slayton who broke out last season when the Giants offensive weapons went down with injury. In 14 games, Slayton had 48 catches for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. With Danny Dimes having three capable wide receivers that he can trust with the football, look for the Giants wideouts to establish New York’s offense into a legitimate NFL offense.
Evan Engram is another Giants weapon that needs to stay healthy. When Engram is healthy, he is a potentially top five tight end that helps the Giants offense, especially in the red zone. Engram last season only played in eight games, but he was on pace for over 85 catches, for 900 yards, and 6 touchdowns. The former first round pick in 2017, is electric when good to go, but if the Giants are looking to make some noise offensively next year, then Engram has to stay healthy.
Yet, the offensive line is probably the most important component to the success of the Giants. With that said, Dave Gettleman spent serious draft capital on bringing Andrew Thomas to the Meadowlands, in a move that helped bookend the Giants offensive line with two outstanding tackles in the aforementioned Thomas as well as Nate Solder. Also, Kevin Zeitler is one of the league’s better guards, and with Will Hernandez and Spencer Pulley rounding out the offensive line, Daniel Jones should be able to stay upright in 2020.
With a hopefully healthy running back, wide receiving corps, tight end, as well as a sophomore quarterback, and an improved offensive line look for the Giants to have the potential to be a top fifteen offense in 2020. Yet, two questions are still lingering over the Giants success. Can the Giants offense stay healthy, and is Jason Garrett the right offensive coordinator for the Giants success?
Staying out of injury is not only important for the Giants, but for every NFL team. Yet with the Giants, every single one of their major offensive weapons went down with injury at sometime last season, meaning that staying healthy is the only thing that can almost certainly make an offensive resurgence possible in the Meadowlands.
However, Jason Garrett is another wild card. Is he a good coach or offensive coordinator? That can be argued, yet he did coach one of the league’s best offenses in Dallas a season ago. With that said, Garrett’s introduction as well as the mounting injury concerns in New York make the Giants offense into a boom or bust offense heading into 2020.