First a sunny day becomes cloudy (losing to Jacksonville week ). Then the rains start to fall heavily (losses to Dallas and New Orleans). Then the winds begin to ramp up and cause destruction (brutal losses to Carolina and Philadelphia). We’re now at the stage where the rain and the winds are so heavy that everything gets torn apart.
There’s an old saying that says that sometimes things have to get worse before they get better and I’m pretty sure nobody expected another 3-13 season from the Giants. Well through 7 games they’re on pace for just over 2 wins and it seems like they’re in an arms race with the Oakland Raiders to see who can tank harder for the 1st overall pick.
After dealing first round bust Eli Apple for a 4th round pick and Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who has a massive cap hit and is getting old, for a 5th round pick this Giants team is being dismantled piece by piece.
What will remain after the hurricane is done ravaging the Eli Manning era of New York Giants football? You could confidently say that the only star 100% guaranteed to be back is Saquon Barkley. I’d also say that there’s a greater than 90% chance that Odell Beckham Jr. is back in blue next season.
Things aren’t so certain for players like Landon Collins, who is a free agent this offseason. If the Giants don’t decide to use the franchise tag on him this offseason then he could decide that he doesn’t want to play for a team that’s clearly rebuilding.
Guys like Janoris Jenkins, Olivier Vernon and Sterling Shepard could be traded before this week is up. They may not even survive until the wind and the rain stops. Odds are Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon are traded or released in the offseason anyway since both of their cap hits are astronomical next season. The Giants already have one high priced receiver, they may not have the cap space for two on their roster.
Our fearless leader, Eli Manning, who Jerry Reese failed for the second half of his career, no longer has the Eli magic of old. It’s tough to imagine him back in a Giants uniform next season. It’s going to be a sad day this offseason when he hangs up his cleats or worse, plays for another team.
The Giants team that takes the field next season will look extremely different. There hasn’t been this many questions surrounding the future of the franchise since before the Giants made a trade for the man who led them to two Super Bowls and will end up finishing in the top 10 of virtually every passing category in NFL history by the time he retires.
What will remain after the hurricane is unknown but as it stands now, we must brace ourselves for another brutal season while also enjoying every last bit of time that we have left with Eli Manning.