The New York Giants ended the year 6-10, but were in contention for a playoff spot all the way through the week 17 edition of Sunday Night Football, which is the last game of the season.
The NFC East was so bad that Washington won the division with a 7-9 record.
The Giants have the eleventh overall pick, but because of their weak division, they are closer to playoff contention than most 6-10 teams.
With the return of star running back Saquon Barkley, they may be just a couple of free agent signings away from being a playoff team next year.
Saquon Barkley plans to join his former teammate during the offseason as he rehabs a torn ACL https://t.co/OQFoiY2rt0
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 20, 2021
With COVID-19 hindering revenue for the league, the cap may make money a little tight around the league.
Unfortunately, for New York fans, they will likely only be able to sign one of the players mentioned below.
1. Allen Robinson (WR)
Wide Receiver should be the primary focus headed into the offseason considering their number one target as of now is Darius Slayton.
The most worrisome aspect of their receiving corps isn’t even talent, it’s health.
They need a big-time talent to solve this issue.
Enter Allen Robinson, he has been one of the best receivers in the league and he has proven he can produce even with bad quarterback play; something he would most likely have to deal with in New York.
Many receivers of his caliber are prima donnas who would whine about the abysmal offensive systems he has been apart of, but Robinson keeps his head down and lets his game do the talking.
His consistency year over year is so impressive; in the four seasons he has played all 16 games, he has notched at least 1100 yards in three of four of those seasons.
Even if he was playing for good coaches and quarterbacks his numbers would be impressive.
Joe Judge, New York’s head coach is a no-nonsense guy, and I think he would love a humble football-orientated guy like ARob to join his squad.
Robinson has immense talent, but also a great work ethic; he had a big problem with drops early in his career but he has really cleaned that up in the past few years, and his routes have become much sharper in recent years as well.
Once a good red-zone threat, Robinson has transformed into one of the best all-around receivers in the league today; he can make catches in traffic, run crisp routes, and does well after the catch.
Most targets with only 1 drop (postseason included):
1. Allen Robinson II – 157
2. Davante Adams – 156
3. DeAndre Hopkins – 154 pic.twitter.com/0hKgw1CE2L
— PFF (@PFF) January 19, 2021
2. Bud Dupree
The Giants have an excellent defensive line.
In fact, Leonard Williams tied for third in pressures among defensive linemen with 62 and had an outstanding 13 sacks.
All three of them finished in the top 20 of PFF’s defensive lineman grades.
While they are an outstanding group, a speed rusher off the edge of Bud Dupree’s caliber would make them an absolute nightmare to face.
Dupree is coming off of a season-ending knee injury which will make his contract much more team-friendly.
While his numbers are inflated because he had so much help in Pittsburgh, he will get nearly the same amount of help with the three-headed monster New York already possesses.
3. David Andrews
The Giants offensive line was undoubtedly one of the worst units in the league this year.
If Andrew Thomas can develop like he is supposed to then they won’t be as bad as last year but they still need loads of help.
David Andrews was looking like a top 5 center after his impressive 2017 and 2018 campaigns.
The Patriots did a fantastic job developing him, as they usually do with their offensive lineman.
Unfortunately, he had to sit out the entire 2019 season with blood clots and was sidelined again early this year, but he came back in week seven and was able to play better than expected.
Because of his recent injury history, he may come at a cheap price that is just too good for a team desperately trying to bolster their offensive line.
Of course, there are better offensive line options on the market, but I believe this has the potential to be a wonderful signing if Andrews can even come close to replicating his 2018 season.