In the 2019-2020 NFL Season the New York Giants finished with a 4-12 record. The Giants had one of the worst offensive lines and defense in the league last year. The Giants ended up with the 4th pick and selected Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. The Giants also fired most of their coaches including head coach Pat Shurmur. Dave Gettleman and the Giants hired Joe Judge to be the head coach, Jason Garrett to be the offensive coordinator, and Patrick Graham to be the defensive coordinator. In free agency the Giants also signed cornerback James Bradberry, linebackers Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Cooper Rush, as well as running back Dion Lewis.
With this new and improve coaching staff and roster the Giants want to see improvements statistically and in the record books. Joe Judge formerly the special teams coordinator of the New England Patriots has been hired to change the culture and make improvements to the team. Judge has received high praise from Nick Saban and Bill Belichick who are arguably the best coaches in football in college and professional. Garrett also has the responsibility of growing and developing Daniel Jones and have him take a leap in passing yards, and touchdowns. However, Daniel Jones had a turnover issue in his rookie campaign as he threw 12 interceptions and fumbled 18 times losing 11 out of them. Those are both something that needs to be fixed but with a better offensive line and getting more NFL experience those turnovers should lower.
Now, what to expect from the Giants. The Giants are currently dealing with cornerback Deandre Baker and kicker Aldrick Rosas who were both arrested this offseason. Baker was arrested for attempted assault and robbery and Rosas was arrested for a hit-and-run accident where alcohol was likely involved. Baker was a former first round pick who was hoping to play a bigger role next year and Rosas was the starting kicker and was a pro bowl last year.
The Giants have the second hardest schedule next year. The Giants are still a few pieces away from being contenders and a winning team. However, they are going in the right direction. I have the Giants at 7-9 next year which would put the Giants two games under .500 but an improvement of +3 wins from last year. You will see a much better Giants team in my opinion even though they still we be under .500.
I’m looking forward to seeing our new linebacker core as Blake Martinez led the league in tackles last year. I am also looking forward to seeing what our secondary can do with new cornerback James Bradberry who was one of the best man-coverage corners in the league last year. However, I am even more excited for the safety duo of second-round-pick Xavier McKinney and Jabrill Peppers. Another big question is with the additions of Matt Peart, Shane Lemieux, and Andrew Thomas enough to fix the offensive lineman and give Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley better protection. In my opinion I strongly believe so. Thomas has the potential to be a future All-pro tackle.
The Giants will still be far from a playoff spot next year but there are definitely tons of improvements that Giants fans will notice next season.