Will Hernandez has something to prove
The New York Giants will begin training camp later this month on July 27th. With that being said there are some players on their roster that need to have a big year. Below are five players from Big Blue that I’ve picked that need to play well this coming season.
Hernandez is entering the final year of his rookie contract and after losing his starting job in 2020, he has to have a big year this season.
Now we don’t really know if Hernandez lost his starting job because he missed time after contracting COVID-19 or if it was because he wasn’t playing well or even both.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Hernandez was forced to split time last year with Shane Lemieux because of his poor 58.1 Pro Football Focus grade. He has to play better in 2021.
Jackson was one of the Giants’ big money signings this offseason, but he only played in 11 games in 2019 and three in 2020.
If Jackson can lock down the opposite side of the field from James Bradberry, while also staying healthy, it will be a home run for him and the Giants.
Ross is on a one-year deal with the Giants because as talented and as fast as he is, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy during his brief NFL career so far.
Ross will have to compete to even get on the field this season so the preseason will be a time for him to prove that he can produce and stay healthy. If he can’t do that, it could be a long regular season for him.
Coming off of a torn ACL, Barkley needs to prove that he’s healthy and can stay healthy while returning to form as arguably the top running back in the NFL. His rookie contract doesn’t expire until 2023, so he has two years to prove himself, but this year is big because he needs to show that he can stay healthy. If he can’t, 2022 will likely be his final season in New York.
Carter, a 2018 third round pick is coming off of a ruptured Achilles and is in the final year of his rookie contract. If he wants to stay with the Giants he will need to prove that he’s healthy and that he can produce at a high level.
The most amount of sacks that Carter has recorded in a season was in 2019 with 4.5. He also had four sacks in 2018 as a rookie.
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