Daniel Jones had an up and down rookie season but he is the unquestioned starter in New York. Journeyman backup Alex Tanney has been in the league since 2012, but only thrown a total of 15 passes. There needs to be competition for his backup job.
Need Level: Low
Giants Free Agency Preview at Quarterback: Veteran options include Case Keenum, Chase Daniel, Mike Glennon, and Brett Hundley. Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett could be interested in Cooper Rush, who has he served as Dak Prescott's backup since 2017.
Giants Draft Preview at Quarterback: With Jones entrenched as the franchise QB, it's unlikely the Giants will address the position through the draft.
An ankle injury disrupted Saquon Barkley's sophomore year, but his late season dominance reaffirmed his status as one of the league's best offensive players. Wayne Gallman and Elijah Penny proved to be insufficient backups and need to be upgraded.
Need Level: Mild
Giants Free Agency Preview at Running Back: Intriguing veteran possibilities include Jordan Howard, Dewayne Washington, Jonathan Williams, and Peyton Barber. Any one of them would be an affordable upgrade at RB2.
Giants Draft Preview at Running Back: While the Giants will probably wait until at least the 3rd round to address this need, options could include talented runners like Anthony McFarland Jr. and Clyde Edwards Helaire.
Darius Slayton is shaping up to be one of the biggest steals of last year's draft class - the 2019 5th rounder scored 8 touchdowns and accumulated nearly 750 receiving yards. Expensive veterans Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard both continued to offer solid production, when on the field (Tate was suspended for the first 4 games of the season, while Shepherd continues to miss games due to injury). The Giants have no proven talent behind those three, so end of the depth chart competition is needed.
Need Level: Mild
Giants Free Agency Preview at Wide Receiver: After spending big on Tate and Shepard in 2019, I doubt the Giants break the bank on any free agent receiver in free agency. Affordable additions could include Danny Amendola, Paul Richardson, Nelson Agholor, and Tavon Austin.
Giants Draft Preview at Wide Receiver: The first round of the 2020 draft class is full of talented wide receivers (Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, Henry Ruggs III, Tee Higgins), the Giants could choose to select one and then flip Shepard or Tate in a trade. There are solid, non-first round options as well.
Evan Engram is a special talent at tight end and has a strong grip on the starting job in 202, but you have to wonder if he figures into the Giants long term plans given his lengthy injury history (which has limited him to 19 games played over the past two seasons). Kaden Smith, a 2019 rookie, impressed when filling in for Engram and figures to be the #2 TE. Rhett Ellison is expected to be cut this offseason.
Need Level: Low
Giants Free Agency Preview at Tight End: With the top of the depth chart set, the Giants are unlikely to address Tight End in free agency... unless the Jason Witten rumors are true.
Giants Draft Preview at Tight End: The Giants will likely consider using a Day 3 pick on a Tight End for depth/developmental purposes. If Evan Engram does not figure into the Giants long term plans, they could target top options at the position like Brycen Hopkins, Cole Kmet, or Hunter Bryant.
The Giants offensive line once again ranked amongst the worst in the league. Nate Solder has struggled at Left Tackle since signing a mega contract in 2018. That contract does not have an easy out for the G-Men, so keeping him around for the 2020 season may be an inevitably. Perhaps moving him to Right Tackle, which has an opening, will be considered. Left Guard Will Hernandez regressed in 2019, after a promising rookie season the year before - despite the struggles, he will start at that spot in 2020. Starting Center Jon Halapio tore his achilles in the season finale and may not be ready for the start of the season, meaning you can add Center to the need list. Kevin Zeitler is the best lineman they've got and is entrenched at Right Guard. As mentioned previously, Right Tackle is open for business, as the team will likely look for an upgrade over impending free agent Mike Remmers. Reserve Nick Gates made 3 starts in 2019 and may compete for a starting job somewhere along the line in 2020. So in review, the Giants need to add least one starter at Tackle and address the need at Center.
Need Level: Very High
Giants Offensive Line Free Agency Preview: There is arguably not a single starting caliber Left Tackle set to hit the free agent market (aside from vets like Andrew Whitworth and Jason Peters who are unlikely to sign with the Giants). There are however some solid options at Right Tackle, including Jack Conklin, Bryan Bulaga, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Marcus Gilbert, and Daryl Williams.
Giants Offensive Line Draft Preview: The 1st round of the draft is full of high quality Offensive Tackle prospects, this list includes Jedrick Wills Jr, Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, and Josh Jones. It's likely all or most of them will be the on board when the Giants pick at #4. Options at Center include Tyler Biadasz, Jake Hensen, and Nick Harris.
Defensive Line / Edge Rush
We don't know if the Giants will continue to employ a 3-4 defense or move to a 4-3 under new coordinator Patrick Graham. What we do know is that the Giants have a lot of young talent along the interior line. Last year's 1st round pick Dexter Lawrence was impressive and projects to take the next step in 2021. Dalvin Tomlinson is an effective run stuffer at the nose tackle spot. While Leonard Williams, the former #3 overall pick who came over in trade at the deadline, proved to be an effective player himself (the quality of play from the defensive line clearly improved once he joined the team.) Williams is set to become a free agent, though the Giants appear to have every intention of resigning him. What the Giants lack are edge rushers, the defense as whole ranked 22nd in the league in terms of sacks. Markus Golden, also set to enter free agency, was the lone bright spot, recording 10 sacks - if the Giants continue to employ a 3-4 defense then retaining Golden should be a priority. OLB /Edge Rusher Lorenzo Carter produced only 4.5 sacks, while Kareem Martin, who signed a $21 million deal in 2018, will likely be sent packing after another disappointing year.
Need Level: High
Giants Defensive Line Free Agency Preview: If the Giants are unable to resign Williams they could consider free agent defensive lineman like Chris Jones and Arik Armstead. Though I'd expect the franchise to focus more on the Edge rush market which includes Yannick Ngakoue, Jadeveon Clowney, Dante Fowler Jr, Bud Dupree, Matt Judon, Vic Beasley, and Emmanuel Ogbah. The Giants would do well to bring in at least one of those rushers.
Giants Defensive Line Draft Preview: The Top Defensive Line options are Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw. Edge Rush options in the draft include: AJ Epenesa, Yetur Gross-Matos, and K'Lavon Chaisson.
Reports indicate the Giants are likely to cut starting linebacker Alec Ogletree, while 13 game starter David Mayo is set to hit free agency. Leaving the Giants with impressive 2019 5th rounder Ryan Connolly and not much else. It's possible Mayo, how played well versus the run but struggled versus the pass, is retained. New Head coach Joe Judge likely places great value on the linebacker position, considering his mentor Bill Belichick often built defenses around talented linebackers (like Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower) - which means Judge may target some big names this offseason.
Need Level: High
Giants Free Agency Preview at Linebacker: There are number of solid ILB options on the free agent market, like Cory Littleton, Joe Schobert, Nick Kwiatkowski, and Blake Martinez. Outside linebacker options include Kyle Van Noy (who excels both as a traditional linebacker but also as a pass rusher and has the Pats-Joe Judge connection). I'd also expect Jason Garrett to vouch for Sean Lee, the long time Cowboy who offers serviceable play and a high level of leadership.
Giants Draft Preview at Linebacker: Isaiah Simmons, a LB-S hybrid is the impact defender Joe Judge could build a defense around - while other needs may take a higher priority, the Giants should at least consider the Clemson star. Additional prospects of note are Kenneth Murray and Patrick Queen.
The Giants weakest unit in 2019 was the secondary. The CB depth chart is full of young players who struggled mightily in 2019. This includes DeAndre Baker, Corey Ballentine, Sam Beal, and Grant Healy. It's too early to give up on any of them - especially Baker who was a 2019 1st round pick, but competition is needed. The Safety position is in better shape, with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love. Peppers who came over in the OBJ trade, was generally productive before going on IR in December. Love, another 2019 rookie, had an impressive season and is considered a breakout candidate going into the 2020 season.
Giants Defensive Back Free Agency Preview: Byron Jones is the prize gem of the free agent Cornerback class, and would be a Grade A acquisition. Perhaps his connections to Jason Garrett will help the Giants land him. If they can't reel him in, other logical fits include James Bradberry (who has a Dave Gettleman connection), Chris Harris, Bradley Roby, Kendall Fuller, Trae Waynes, and Jalen Mills. Barring moving Love back to cornerback, I don't see the Giants addressing Safety in free agency.
Giants Defensive Back Draft Preview: The Giants may be in position to select Jeffrey Okudah with their #4 overall pick - he has the makings of a special cornerback. Possible second round options include Bryce Hall, A.J Terrell, and Jeff Gladney.
After a 97% FG percentage and Pro Bowl berth in 2018, Aldrick Rosas feel back to earth in 2019, only making 12 of his 17 FG attempts and missing 4 XPs. The supply of Kickers is not strong enough to justify moving in another direction but Rosas will be on the hot seat in 2020. Dixon, on the other hand was a 2019 Pro Bowl alternate and signed a lucrative (for a Punter) contract extension in December.
Need Level: Low
Giants Special Teams Free Agency Preview: Not applicable.
Giants Special Teams Draft Preview: Not applicable.