The New York Giants are fresh off a 5-11 season, their second consecutive double digit loss season. While they have the pieces to be a playoff contender in 2019, the Giants have huge concerns to address before the start of the new season. The biggest concern is in the secondary as the team decided to let Landon Collins walk in free agency without franchise tagging him.
Reports have come out that GM Dave Gettleman could have traded Collins during the season for a first round pick. If that was true, he made a huge mistake as the Alabama safety has been the best player on the Giants’ defense over the past two seasons. Collins’ absence was felt over the last few weeks of the season, but it will only get worse if the Giants do not find someone to replace him.
An upgrade at cornerback is also needed as B.W. Webb struggled in coverage at times, while Janoris Jenkins’ high price tag could see him moved by the team. Undrafted rookie Grant Haley played well in the slot, but the Giants need more than two good corners to compete in the NFC East.
The final position of need on the Giants’ defense is a pass rusher. They struggled in getting after the passer, which led to opponents gaining big chunks of yards down the field. Olivier Vernon missed five games this season due to injury, but he still led the team in sacks with seven. B.J. Hill and Lorenzo Carter had promising rookie seasons, but the Giants need someone to consistently generate pressure on the quarterback.
Offensively, the Giants need to find their quarterback of the future. Eli Manning turned 38 in January and he maybe has one more good year left in him. They need to address the quarterback position right now or else the team will be scrambling for answers in the years to come. Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the best quarterback prospect available in the 2019 draft and the Giants should do everything to try and acquire him.
Outside of quarterback, the Giants only other desperate need on offense is the offensive line. Left tackle Nate Solder was brought in to shore up the offensive line, but he struggled protected Manning’s blind side throughout the 2018 season. Right tackle was not much better as Ereck Flowers was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chad Wheeler was not much better.
Will Hernandez had a solid season in opening holes for reigning Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley, but was inconsistent in pass protection. He is a solid building block on the offensive line, but the Giants need to improve the offensive line if they want to compete in 2019. The 2019 draft is full of talented offensive linemen and the Giants should look to add one in the draft.
Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. are two of the best young playmakers in the NFL. Their game-changing abilities gives the Giants to compete in every game in 2019, but they need to address needs on both sides of the ball to contend for the playoffs.