Folks, while there does seem to be a lot of optimism for the future of the New York Giants, 2022 could be a tough year in terms of resetting this team. There is no franchise quarterback, still a few holdover players with bad contracts, along with some promising, but inexperienced youth.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you wouldn’t be surprised at any of this. We’ve said that this is Joe Schoen’s plan all along. The 2022 season is about resetting the Giants and stacking the chips in a way that allows the team to go all in to win for the 2023 season and beyond. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Joe Schoen inherited a mess.
So it shouldn’t be shocking to see that national media outlets like CBS Sports are saying that the Giants have a bottom five roster heading into 2022 because it’s likely true. Here is what CBS Sports said in their article about the Giants (You can read the full article here):
How much of a boost do all their prospective play-makers get from Brian Daboll’s entrance at head coach? Because for all the upside offered by Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney in recent years, they’ve delivered pretty pitifully. Perhaps Daboll will finally integrate Jones’ mobility into the offense, and capitalize on the big-play size (Golladay) and speed (Toney) of his targets, but until we see that happen, with an O-line still in transition, it’s hard to trust them with the ball.
Kayvon Thibodeaux should certainly enliven their front seven, which already boasts foundational pieces in Azeez Ojulari and Dexter Lawrence, but the back half remains a major question mark, especially with former Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry now out of the picture. New general manager Joe Schoen made clear in his actions this offseason that 2022 was more about deconstructing the lineup than building a new one.Via CBS Sports
I see no lies in this recap. There’s still a lot of question marks offensively. There’s many boom or bust players on the offense. The strength of the defense which was its secondary just lost its best player in James Bradberry. There are many emerging players who have a lot of potential but are still unproven.
So with all that being said, 2022 will likely be another tough year for the Giants. It’s not the end of the world, though. This team will be set up with a plenty of cap space (close to $80M projected if the team cuts Leonard Williams and Kenny Golladay) and it will likely have a top ten pick in a quarterback rich draft. The distant future is bright, the immediate future may still be a bit rough for a while.
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