While the summer season brings much enjoyment to the average person, for an NFL fan, it represents a desolate wasteland where Sundays just aren't quite as vibrant as in the autumn months. However, with each passing day, we inch closer to the beginning of the 2023 NFL season, which officially kicks off on September 8 this year.
Whether you've had your favorite team's tweet notifications turned on all summer or if you've decided to tune out all football news entirely, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know about your team going into the 2022-23 season right here.
In today's article, I'll be discussing the New York Giants.
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2021 Season Recap
The Giants weren't quite the worst team in the NFL last season, but they sure were close to it. Their offense particularly struggled, partially due to the number of injuries they sustained throughout the year. The offensive line was porous, three different QBs started games throughout the year, Saquon Barkley missed significant time, and the receiver room was different basically every week.
Of course, it's not like New York would have been a Super Bowl contender had they stayed healthy. They just weren't very good in any aspect as a franchise. Daniel Jones will take on his fourth season with the Giants since being drafted 6th overall out of Duke, and there's a good chance New York will look to exercise other options if the team doesn't turn things around soon.
Significant Roster Moves
Like most teams with as bad of a season as the Giants had in 2021, the roster was somewhat of a revolving door in the offseason. Veterans such as Reggie Ragland, Logan Ryan, and Nate Solder headline the list of departures, as does a relatively young safety with potential in Jabrill Peppers. Additionally, the Giants have lost almost their entire tight end group from 2021 as Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, and Kaden Smith all chose to play elsewhere.
New York picked up Tyrod Taylor to backup Daniel Jones at the QB position, and he'll be able to provide valuable mentorship to the young starter. Matt Breida will serve as a quality runner in the backfield with Saquon Barkley, and the Giants tried to refill their tight end depth by adding Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins. They also signed a host of offensive linemen to attempt to improve in that area as well.
2022 Draft Class
The Giants had 11 selections in this year's draft, including two picks in the top 10 overall. The selected impressive edge rusher Kayvan Thibodeaux out of Oregon at #5 overall and then an offensive tackle from Alabama, Evan Neal at #7. Out of their 11 draft picks, five have already cracked the starting lineup by August: Thibodeaux, Neal, Wan'Dale Robinson, Joshua Ezeudu, and Daniel Bellinger.
The Giants will take on the NFC North and the AFC South to go along with their six divisional games. Their other three opponents are the Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks. With an opponent prior season win percentage of .465, New York has the 4th easiest schedule in the NFL.
New York's lone primetime game is a Monday night matchup versus Dallas. They will also play in London against Green Bay in Week 5 and on Saturday, Christmas Eve against Minnesota in Week 16.
The Giants return 14 of their 22 offensive and defensive starters from a season ago, which is below average among all teams in the league. The defense largely regroups from a season ago, but New York has pieced together a bunch of new guys on the offensive line. We'll see if they can actually get some protection for Daniel Jones and give Saquon Barkley a little bit of room to run in 2022.
Brian Daboll was promoted in the offseason from offensive coordinator to become the 20th head coach in New York's franchise history. Mike Kafka and Don Martindale kick off their first seasons in their respective roles, will Thomas McGaughey will begin year 5 of his tenure as special teams coach of the Giants.
Oddsmakers have set the regular season win total for New York at 7 games. As of right now, the Giants are the least likely team to win the NFC East and the 5th least likely team to win the whole NFC. At +13000 to win the 2023 Super Bowl, they are tied for 24th among all teams in the league.
Bucket Squad Predictions
New York may be slightly reenergized in 2022 with a new coaching staff and some new players, but it's hard to view them as anything other than the same old Giants until they prove differently. Maybe they'll win a few more games that they did last year, but I don't see them making any kind of significant leap forward this season. I expect them finish last in the NFC East and try to keep the rebuild going into next offseason.
What do you think? Will New York be better or worse than I'm projecting? What offseason moves made by the Giants surprised you the most? Leave a comment down below and be sure to check the "NFL" section of the website for more NFL team guidebooks as I finish them.
Written by Nick Swatson
Expert Nick Swatson discusses all the news, predictions, and outcomes surrounding the NFL.