Giants solidified two key positions this offseason
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since March, you know by now that the New York Giants made a lot of upgrades to their roster this offseason.
ESPN’s Mike Clay has ranked the NFL’s 25 biggest position upgrades. The Giants made the list twice. The first player is at number seven and it’s wide receiver Kenny Golladay replacing Golden Tate.
Tate’s 2020 stat line: 52 targets, 35 receptions, 388 yards, 2 TDs
Golladay’s 2021 projection: 120 targets, 70 receptions, 1,072 yards, 7 TDs
I realize these two don’t play the same position — Golladay is a big, vertical perimeter weapon, whereas Tate primarily works the short area from the slot — but Tate is out and Golladay is in when the Giants roll with three-WR sets. New York has quickly put together one of the league’s deepest wide receiver corps, having also added first-round pick Kadarius Toney and speedy John Ross to a group that includes Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
Golladay was limited to four full games due to injury last season but was his usual dominant self when active. In those four games, he racked up 338 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 28 targets. The 27-year-old’s last full season was his best pro campaign, as he posted a strong 65-1,190-11 receiving line in 2019. With a talented and deep supporting cast, third-year QB Daniel Jones has the tools he needs for a breakout season.
People can bash this move all they want, but Golladay filled the Giants’ biggest offensive need. As long as he stays healthy, quarterback Daniel Jones will have a reliable goto target in the passing game.
The next move that the Giants made that made this list is signing Adoree Jackson, who will replace Isaac Yiadom as their number two corner.
Yiadom’s 2020 stat line: 45 tackles, 0 INTs
Jackson’s 2021 projection: 77 tackles, 1.4 INTs
Jackson appeared in only three full games last season due to injury, but need I remind you that he was a very good cover corner during his first three seasons in the league? The 2017 first-round pick has allowed 7.1 yards per target and a 61% catch rate — both strong numbers — since entering the league.
Jackson, who is still only 25 years old, takes some pressure of James Bradberry in what is certainly one of the league’s best CB duos. Bradberry has been one of the most utilized shadow corners in the league over the past half decade, while Jackson has occasionally traveled with top wide receivers, including the likes of Marquise Brown, Tyreek Hill, DJ Chark Jr., Josh Gordon, T.Y. Hilton, DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown and Brandin Cooks. Perimeter wide receivers facing the Giants are sure to have their hands full in 2020.
This move was also criticized, but now the Giants have arguably the best secondary in the NFL on paper. Like Golladay, if Jackson stays healthy it will be very difficult for opposing offenses to move the ball on Patrick Graham’s defense in 2021.
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