PFF high on Big Blue's offensive weapons
This week, Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 receiving corps ahead of the 2021 season. The Giants landed at No. 12 on the list but received high praise from PFF's Steve Palazzolo.
As Palazzolo wrote, "One of the biggest offseason storylines is the overhaul of New York's pass-catchers. They signed Kenny Golladay, perhaps the best catch-point receiver in the NFL, and he'll immediately add a necessary vertical threat. Since entering the league, Golladay has caught 53.6% of his contested targets, the fourth-best in the NFL.
The addition of Golladay takes the pressure off Darius Slayton, who has been an explosive playmaker in his own right. He's averaged 15.2 yards per reception in his two years, and he pairs with Golladay to form one of the better vertical duos in the league."
Palazzolo also highlighted the addition of first-round pick Kadarius Toney, who "can make an immediate impact in the slot and on gimmick plays," while also mentioning Sterling Shepard, John Ross, Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph as big parts of the offense in 2021.
PFF's senior analyst concludes by describing the Giants' transformation in the passing game this offseason as one of the biggest in the NFL, as the variety of pass-catchers gives the unit "top-five potential."
The analytics site also recently ranked all 32 running back units across the league, where again the Giants came in at No. 12. However, PFF's Ben Linsey writes that when healthy, Saquon Barkley remains "one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL."
ESPN recently conducted a poll of 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to determine the top 10 players at each position for the 2021 season. Just last week, ESPN staff writer Jeremy Fowler revealed the running back rankings, where Barkley landed at No. 6, one spot ahead of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott.
21 Questions: Next steps in Year 2 under Joe Judge
Dan Salomone: On Jan. 9, 2020, Joe Judge said at his introductory press conference that "you don't build the Empire State Building by washing the windows; you build it with the foundation and work it on up." While teams like the Buccaneers and Chiefs sat in their skyscrapers last season, the Giants started to build brick by brick. That's how you get back to the top – not only for a season, but for the long run.
Judge didn't promise to bring any magic wand to the organization or feed fans with the schematic flavor of the year. Rather, he set his sights on incremental improvement. Although it may not have looked like it on the outside when the Giants started 0-5 (and then 1-7), Judge said after the regular-season finale that he learned more about the team during that stretch than he did during the four-game winning streak – one that kept the NFC East race alive until the 256th and final game of an unprecedented NFL season.
So, what's Phase II of this construction project?
"I have kind of a vision internally that I know where we're going, and I have a process and steps," he said in his season-ending press conference. "Obviously, we have to improve on the field with some tangible results. We could look at that. We have to make sure we make progress across the board with personnel and schematics. But I have kind of measures in the rungs along the way that I kind of keep tabs on. I make sure the team is moving in the right direction. Not to be kind of evasive with that answer right there, but I'm not going to set out some identified goal for everyone to go ahead and measure us against on a yearly basis."
You'll know it when he takes out the Windex and squeegee.
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Must-see photos from Giants' 2021 Media Day
Check out the gallery below to view the best photos from the Giants' 2021 Media Day as the team gets ready to open training camp.
Check out the best photos from the Giants' 2021 Media Day as the team gets ready to open training camp.