Giants finally have some weapons
It feels like it’s been a long time since the New York Giants had a respectable group of wide receivers. Now they’re loaded after making multiple free agent signings and adding Kadarius Toney in the draft.
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus has ranked every team in the NFL according to their receiving corp. The Giants came in at number 11.
11. NEW YORK GIANTS
One of the biggest offseason storylines is the overhaul of New York’s pass-catchers. They signed Kenny Golladay, perhaps the best catch-point receiver in the NFL, and he’ll immediately add a necessary vertical threat. Since entering the league, Golladay has caught 53.6% of his contested targets, the fourth-best in the NFL.
The addition of Golladay takes the pressure off Darius Slayton, who has been an explosive playmaker in his own right. He’s averaged 15.2 yards per reception in his two years, and he pairs with Golladay to form one of the better vertical duos in the league.
The Giants then drafted Kadarius Toney in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and he can make an immediate impact in the slot and on gimmick plays. Toney is dynamic with the ball in his hands; he’ll battle veteran Sterling Shepard for slot snaps after Shepard posted the top receiving grade on the team at 79.4 a year ago while ranking second with 37 first downs. That gives the Giants four receivers with different skill sets who can all contribute in their own way. They also took a flier on speedster John Ross, who has a couple of plays per year that remind you of his top-10 ability and 4.22 speed.
At tight end, Evan Engram returns after posting the lowest grade of his career at 60.5. Still, he’s a solid option in the passing game, and the addition of free agent Kyle Rudolph will help. Rudolph is more of a traditional tight end, and he’s a big-bodied red-zone threat who is at the tail end of a good career.
The Giants have made one of the biggest transformations in the passing game this offseason, and their variety of playmakers give them top-five potential.
The Giants are right behind the Seattle Seahawks at 10 and the Miami Dolphins at nine.
I think 11 is fair for New York given that even though they now have a legit number one receiver in Kenny Golladay, they don’t have a clear cut number two. Hopefully Darius Slayton will benefit from Golladay’s arrival and break out in 2021.
Aside from Golladay being the Giants’ number one now and Sterling Shepard being their primary number one slot guy, I think the number two spot on the outside is open as well as their number four receiver spot. It will be interesting to see how things pan out this summer.
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