For the New York Giants, 2020 is a building block on the road to the playoffs. While, the Giants may not be poised for a playoff run they have put together a roster that in the future could push for a playoff berth. This article is a look at the Giants offseason additions and a digest of their possible impacts in 2020.
The Giants coaching staff has been totally transformed, the likes of Pat Shurmur, and James Bettcher are erased and a new era of coaching under Joe Judge has moved in. Joe Judge is a young coach in his first ever head coach role. Previously with the New York Patriots, Judge served as the special teams coach under Bill Belichick and the Giants have taken a flier on Judge hoping he can be just as good as Belichick. Along with Joe Judge, the Giants have put together a new list of assistants headlined by Jason Garrett, the new offensive coordinator, as well as Patrick Graham on the defensive side. Garrett brings head coaching experience and takes over a role where he has a great opportunity to flourish. While at times he struggled as a head coach, I believe with less responsibilities he can do great as the Giants offensive coordinator. Patrick Graham, also has served under Bill Belichik and has been in the giants organization for a few years as the defensive line coach. The hope for the Giants is that a young head coach, combined with an experienced coordinator staff is the solution to the Giants coaching question going on since the dismissal of Tom Coughlin.
The Giants added multiple good pieces, specifically to the defensive side of the ball, filling major gaps in a defense that is bound for improvement in the coming NFL season. Specifically, their are three signings I pinpointed that could lead to success and two come from the Packers. Kyler Fackrell, is a young prospect at the linebacker position. He has shown flashes of the ability to fill the needs that the Giants have and provide skills at the linebacker position the team hasn't seen in years, but he isn't even the best linebacker they have acquired. Blake Martinez, also formerly part of the linebacker core at Green Bay is an absolute tackle monster. Despite having just one sack in 2019, he was still the leagues leading tackler. Martinez fits perfectly in a Giants defense that has struggled with finding a consistent linebacker and Martinez replaces Alec Ogletree who recently left the Giants for free agency. Perhaps the biggest signing by the Giants in free agency goes to James Bradberry, the former Carolina Panthers cornerback who was actually drafted by the Dave Gettleman when he was the GM for the Panthers. James Bradberry was listed by most as among the top three available corners in the 2020 NFL free agency and he brings a much needed component to the defense in a lockdown corner. Along with Xavier McKinney (NFL draft) the Giants are well equipped in the secondary.
I go more into depth about the Giants draft picks as well as analysis and predictions for the Giants in 2020. In this stream:
My final record prediction for the New York Giants is 6-10. While this isn't a great outcome, I think this record is a sign of improvement and for the Giants and a step in the right direction towards becoming a playoff team. For more in depth analysis for every game the Giants play in 2020 check out the live stream linked above.