The New York Giants are coming off a disappointing 4-12 season in 2019.The franchise has seen dramatic changes over the last four seasons including the retirement of quarterback Eli Manning, the trade of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the exit of Landon Collins via free agency. In addition, the Giants have had two head coaching changes over that same period. Out of New York's four victories last season two were against NFC East rival the Washington Redskins and while the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will battle for the division title, New York looks to finish third ahead of the Redskins.
Daniel Jones returns as the starting quarterback for the Giants and the second-year player gradually improved over the season throwing for 1,883 yards, 18 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and completing 62% of his passes over the final seven games. Jones must improve on protecting the ball as last season he fumbled 18 times in 13 games. The Giants should have a much better offensive line after drafting Andrew Thomas and All-American out of Georgia and acquiring Cam Fleming while also drafting two other offensive lineman Matt Peart and Shane Lemieux.
Improving the offensive line will not only help to protect Jones in the pocket but will also open holes for outstanding running back Saquon Barkley. Jones was sacked 38 times in his 12 starts and lost 11 of the 18 fumbles he committed. Barkley sat out three games due to a high ankle sprain but was able to maintain an above average yards-per-carry of 4.6. The Giants also signed Jason Garrett as the new offensive coordinator and his game plan will be much more dynamic than the play calling under Pat Shurmur the past two seasons
The New York Giants defense will look much different in 2020 after signing free agents James Bradbury, Kyler Fackrell and Blake Martinez. In the draft, the Giants improved their defense by selecting Xavier McKinney. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams has signed his franchise tender and will anchor the line while Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence will play alongside Williams. Fackrell steps in to start at linebacker for the Giants as does Martinez, while the defensive secondary includes Bradbury, McKinney, Andrew Baker, and Jabrill Peppers. The defensive side of the ball should improve greatly for the Giants as long as the less experienced players can keep their mental mistakes to a minimum.
Although the New York Giants are expected to improve both on the offense and defense, the Giants are still a few seasons away from competing for the NFC East title and reaching the postseason. Daniel Jones should improve under center and make fewer mistakes handling the ball as he will have more protection with the revamped offensive line. However, don't expect the Giants to finish any better then third in the division and complete the season with a record of 6-10