The New York Giants spent a lot of money and resources this past offseason on trying to improve their 31st-ranked offense. The main objective was to bring in more dynamic weapons for third-year quarterback Daniel Jones in an effort to unlock his potential.
The Giants did just that. They signed wide receivers Kenny Golladay and John Ross and tight end Kyle Rudolph in free agency, and then used their top draft pick on Kadarius Toney, the explosive wideout from Florida.
In addition, they inked several veteran running backs in free agency and added Arizona’s Gary Brightwell through the draft. That is all in addition to the return of star running back Saquon Barkley from a season-ending ACL injury and their other receiving talent — wideouts Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram.
What the Giants didn’t do is make any major upgrades along the offensive line, which struggled in 2020 and was identified by many experts as the main cause for the Giants’ poor performance last year.
ESPN’s Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan sees the offensive line as being the biggest question mark as the team heads into the 2021 season.
Is the offensive line good enough? For all the additions the Giants made this offseason, they didn’t address the offensive line. They got rid of veteran Kevin Zeitler and are instead banking on a group that includes three second-year players who are all slated to start. All come with question marks.
He’s correct, but he is discounting the fact that the team expects those second-year players to step up in a big way this fall. They are also counting on center Nick Gates to improve as he enters his second year at the position. Throw in the fact that veteran tackle Nate Solder is returning after opting out last year and the group dynamic changes a bit from where we left off last year.