Key Additions: Jabrill Peppers, Golden Tate, Markus Golden, Kevin Zeitler, Antoine Bethea, Olsen Pierre
Key Departures: Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins, Kerry Wynn, Curtis Riley, Mario Edwards, B.W. Webb, Jamon Brown, Oliver Vernon
Key Returns: Aldrick Rosas, Corey Coleman, Jon Halapio, Elijhaa Penny, Cody Latimer, Spencer Pulley, Antonio Hamilton, Scott Simonson
|Week 1||Sept. 8th 3:25 PM ET||@ Dallas Cowboys (FOX)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 3||Sept. 22nd 4:05 PM ET||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Washington Redskins (FOX)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||vs Minnesota Vikings (FOX)|
|Week 6||Oct. 10th 8:20 PM ET||@ New England Patriots (FOX)|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Arizona Cardinals (FOX)|
|Week 8||Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET||@ Detroit Lions (FOX)|
|Week 9||Nov. 4th 8:15 PM ET||vs. Dallas Cowboys (ESPN)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 1:00 PM ET||@ New York Jets (FOX)|
|Week 11||Bye Week|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 1:00 PM ET||@ Chicago Bears (FOX)|
|Week 13||Dec. 1st 1:00 PM ET||vs. Green Bay Packer (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec 9th 8:15 PM ET||@ Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Washington Redskins (FOX)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)|
After a having one of the worst seasons in franchise history in 2017, the Giants went into 2018 with a new coach, Pat Shurmur, and a shiny new weapon in second overall pick Saquon Barkley. While able to improve on 2017, it wasn’t much, with only two more wins ending in a disappointing 5-11. There is a reason to be optimistic though, eight of those loses were one score games including four of their five loses to NFC East teams. The Giants used their draft to scoop up multiple defensive players in hopes to strengthen one of the worst ranked defenses in the league. Special teams being one of the few bright spots, the Giants re-signed All-Pro kicker Aldrick Rosas, gunner Antonio Hamilton, and acquired dynamic returner Jabrill Peppers. Losing multiple Pro-bowl caliber players such as Odell Beckham Jr, Landon Collins, and Oliver Vernon, the Giants spent the offseason towards building stronger lines on both sides of the ball, and building an offense around Barkley.
The Giants decided not to franchise tag pro-bowl strong safety, Landon Collins, and instead signed veteran Antoine Bethea to go along side new free safety, Jabrill Peppers. With a 23rd ranked passing defense the Giants drafted three corners in Deandre Baker, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine. With no true starting corner outside of Jenoris Jenkins it will be up to Baker to step up, and start day one. With their second pick in the first round the Giants took Wake Forest nose tackle Dexter Lawrence, who will strengthen a defensive line that ranked 20th in rush defense. Stepping in to replace pro-bowl linebacker Oliver Vernon, the Giants signed Markus Golden to add some speed on the outside for a team that ranked 30th in sacks.
With Eli Manning becoming a free agent at the end of the season the Giants, in a controversial move, snagged Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick. Considering Jones would have likely been available with a later pick, and valuable defensive players such as Josh Allen were still on the board; the Giants took a major risk drafting Jones so early. The Giants need to make a decision as whether to start the rookie and build for the future, or give Eli his final year as a starter. Deciding to focus more on their new superstar in Barkley the Giants traded their former superstar Odell Beckham Jr. and pro-bowl linebacker Oliver Vernon for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and two picks that turned into Dexter Lawrence and Old Dominion linebacker Oshane Ximines. They signed Golden Tate to a four-year deal to play alongside Sterling Shepard, and Corey Coleman in what will create a scrappier receiving focus compared to their previous boom or bust play with Beckham.
Despite having an all-pro running back in Barkley the Giants were 24th in rushing yards last season, that’s why they brought in Kevin Zietler, and resigned starting center Jon Halapio, who missed most of last season, to give Barkley more space to run in what should be another monster year for the second year back. The Giants ranked 16th in points per game last season, and with a healthier and stronger offensive line they have the potential to be a top 10 offense in 2019.
Having one of the easiest schedules in the league the Giants will look to brawl for that playoff spot in the NFC East. Despite losing key players on defense, and a fresh new secondary, the Giants have a number of young players looking to step up. With a stronger offensive line, and a more focused offense around their superstar Saquon Barkley, the Giants have the potential to be one of the strongest offensive teams and contend in the NFC East.