The Giants began building a strong foundation in 2020, but how do they take the next step in 2021?
The premiere of "Giants Life: The Next Step" is presented by Van Heusen and takes viewers behind the scenes at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and the organization's aggressive approach to free agency. The haul of players addressed pressing needs on the roster, allowing the front office to focus on value in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
Among the topics covered in the premiere episode of "Giants Life: The Next Step" presented by Van Heusen":
- Exclusive interviews: Dave Gettleman (General Manager), Kevin Abrams (Vice President of Football Operations/Assistant General Manager), Chris Pettit (Director of College Scouting), Leonard Williams (defensive tackle who signed new multi-year deal), Kenny Golladay (free agent wide receiver), Kyle Rudolph (free agent tight end), Adoree' Jackson (free agent cornerback), John Ross (free agent wide receiver), Danny Shelton (free agent defensive tackle), Logan Ryan (veteran defensive back)
- How Coach Judge's staff collaborates with personnel department to "paint a picture" of what they want
- Why Leonard Williams re-signed with Giants
- Logan Ryan becoming a major recruiter for free agents
- How scouting department handled the evaluation process for the draft with pandemic restrictions
- Exclusive footage of pro day visits
Provided below are select quotes from the premiere episode:
"You're always looking to upgrade every position, doesn't make a difference. Whether it's wide receiver, tackle, whatever. You're always looking to upgrade." – Dave Gettleman, General Manager
"We started off with not a lot of cap room, but a static look at the salary cap on a particular day doesn't really give you a great sense of what a team's current cap position really is. We did some things this year because we were given the green light to be aggressive that we wouldn't normally choose to do." – Kevin Abrams, Vice President of Football Operations/Assistant General Manager
"I made it clear to the fanbase, I made it clear to the coaches at the end of the year that I wanted to be a key recruiter and wanted to help bring huge players to New York." – DB Logan Ryan
"I wanted to go to a team that I could help and that could also help me, and I think the Giants were the best fit. You're going to get somebody who's going to step on that field and give you everything he's got each and every down – a straight competitor, a real dog. … The whole mindset of just winning, [Judge] is not going to let you slack off at all. I can see that now, and I haven't even stepped on the practice field with him." – WR Kenny Golladay
"I was able to speak to Coach Judge and [Offensive Coordinator Jason] Garrett on the phone, and when I hung up the phone with them, I knew this was exactly where I needed to be. … [Judge] said a quote to me about overachievers don't accept mediocrity. When your head coach aligns perfectly with your view and your mindset of not settling for mediocrity, it's somebody that you want to go to work for and you want to go to work with." – TE Kyle Rudolph
"It's been a long process, a long journey, and everything happened for a reason. I wish [you] could feel what I'm feeling right now, the energy I've got, the emotion I go because I've been through a lot. I'm just thankful and grateful." – CB Adoree' Jackson
"The college season was extremely difficult for us evaluators. Our whole job is to be there on campus, spend days and hours in tape rooms, meeting with people, being at practices, really getting things that you can't get from just watching film. Scouts worked their butts off to find new ways of gathering information as the season opened up and draft season started." – Chris Pettit, Director of College Scouting
With training camp here, view photos of every move made by the Giants this offseason.