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Fact or Fiction: Predicting Giants' team MVPs


The crew is presented with four statements and must decide whether they are Fact or Fiction.

QB Daniel Jones will be the Giants' offensive MVP this season.

John Schmeelk: Fact – If the Giants want to have a successful season on offense, Jones better be the MVP. There's an argument to be made that the offense can be very effective if Saquon Barkley is the offensive MVP, but quarterback is always a more valuable position than running back, so if Jones plays well he should be the most valuable player on the offense. Barkley's recovery could also limit his snaps and limit his impact, too. There are so many playmakers to share the ball, so it's doubtful a receiver would be the offensive MVP.

Dan Salomone: Fiction – "I won't fall asleep on [No.] 26," coach Joe Judge said after Saquon Barkley suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the 2020 campaign. "It's going to be a hell of a story." Daniel Jones plays the most valuable position, but Barkley will help free everything up for the quarterback and his new weapons.

Lance Medow: Fact – It needs to be for the Giants' offense to take the next step forward. New York brought in several new weapons to surround Jones with additional talent and now it's a matter of everything coming together. The Giants had just 12 total touchdown passes (Jones 11, Colt McCoy 1) in 2020. The stat has to at least double and the turnover rate has to match the second half of last season, when the overall team (specifically Jones) improved in that category.

DL Leonard Williams will be the Giants' defensive MVP.

John Schmeelk: Fact – The Giants do not have a proven pass rusher on the roster other than Leonard Williams. He is also a very effective player against the run. If the defense is going to take it to another level in 2021, the pass rush must improve, which probably means another great year from Williams, even if he doesn't reach double-digit sacks. There is a strong case to be made for Blake Martinez, who will likely lead the team in tackles. If a defensive back grabs a handful of interceptions, that player could also rightly claim the mantle of defensive MVP, especially since coverage is likely to be the strength of the defense.

Dan Salomone: Fact – Of all the numbers that went into the Giants signing Leonard Williams to a lucrative contract in March, one stuck out in particular - 26. Williams, coming off the best season of his career, was only 26 years old when the Giants brought him back (he turned 27 late last month). "I think I'm still in the middle of my prime," Williams said at the start of free agency, "and I think I have a lot of game left in this league, obviously."

Lance Medow: Fiction – The Giants will definitely need Leonard Williams to duplicate his 2020 production, but they'll still need others to step up in the pass rush department. When it comes to most valuable, you've got to lean toward Blake Martinez. If there's one player New York can't afford to lose, it's the sixth-year linebacker. Martinez led the Giants in tackles with 151 last season and also collected three sacks, five passes defensed, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He does a little bit of everything and is crucial in helping everyone get set on defense. And with Dalvin Tomlinson leaving in free agency, they'll need Martinez to step up and help maintain the team's strong run defense. Martinez is clearly the glue to that unit.

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K Graham Gano will be the Giants' special teams MVP.

John Schmeelk: Fact – It is impossible to understate how good Graham Gano was last year. He only missed one of 32 field goals and two of 23 extra points. He was also effective kicking off. There's no reason to think that level of success won't continue in 2021, with Gano only 34 years old. He has a big and accurate leg and should be a consistent weapon for the Giants once they get inside the 40.

Dan Salomone: Fact – Gano's .9687 percentage was the highest among the 21 NFL kickers who attempted at least 25 field goals in 2020. His only miss was on a 57-yard try in Chicago in Week 2, which he followed by making his next 30 field goal attempts, the longest streak in Giants history.

Lance Medow: Fact – Graham Gano was essentially the Giants' most reliable offensive weapon in 2020 as he was responsible for 114 points (thanks to a 97 percent success rate on field goal attempts). Gano nailed 31 of his 32 tries and didn't miss any in the final 14 games of the season. Although the Giants would like to see more extra point attempts than field goals in 2021, you still need to have confidence in a kicker who can come through in clutch moments and show range. Gano checks all those boxes.

WR Kenny Golladay will be the Giants' most valuable newcomer.

John Schmeelk: Fact – This is not meant to in any way downplay the positive impact Adoree' Jackson will have on the defense, but Golladay will not only impact the offense as a whole but also Daniel Jones' development. He is the big, reliable receiver (6-4) that Jones didn't have in his first two NFL seasons. Golladay will be able to make plays when he doesn't have a lot of separation because of his strength and impressive catch radius. He will also provide another explosive element to an offense that desperately needs more big plays down the field. The key for the Giants' improvement this season is to score more points, and Golladay should help them do just that.

Dan Salomone: Fact – The Giants' stated priority this of-fseason was to bring in offensive weapons to help Daniel Jones and the offense get over the hump. Enter Kenny Golladay, a 6-foot-4, 214-pound target with the ability to win 50-50 balls for the third-year quarterback.

Lance Medow: Fact – Kenny Golladay provides the Giants with an element they previously didn't showcase in their receiving corps: a big, tall target who has proven he can win those 50/50 balls. Golladay is 6-4 and, when healthy, is a threat for 1,000 yards and double-digit touchdowns. If the Giants want to improve upon the 17.5 points per game they posted in 2020, there's no more welcome sight than Golladay. If he produces explosive plays and is a strong presence in the red zone, he'll be by far the most valuable newcomer, although don't overlook Kyle Rudolph because of his knack for making contested catches.

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