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Can the Giants Compete in the NFC East?

Can the Giants Compete in the NFC East?
Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants is congratulated. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

The NFC East, featuring the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team, and Philadelphia Eagles is a league of its own as success has been hard to come by for this division.

2020 alone was a major embarrassment for them. In fact, it was so bad that it marked the worst overall performance by any division in league history. Somehow, someway, Washington won the NFC East at 7-9 and the Giants coming in 2nd at 6-10 tied, which tied the Cowboys for 3rd, and the Eagles sat at the bottom with a 4-11-1 season record. Every team in the division has its own strengths and weaknesses.

So what does 2021 hold for these four disasters? Well, realistically, any one of them can lead the NFC East next year.

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According to BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review), the Dallas Cowboys currently lead the league with the best offs to win at +120, followed by Washington at +250, the Giants at +400, and the Eagles at +500.

The Eagles are in a rebuilding phase, Washington still doesn’t have a team name or reliable quarterback, and Dallas is counting on Dak Prescott to come back 100%. Meanwhile, the Giants continue to re-build but have been adding some potential game-changing weapons in free agency.

The Giants Are Committed to Daniel Jones

The Giants finished last season ranked 31st out of 32 teams in total offense and scoring. Joe Judge and co. seem committed to having Daniel Jones lead the G-men for at least another season. This is a wise move as the former 2019 first-round pick has shown some promising flashes in his two seasons and proved to be versatile. What he has lacked is not having quality players around him.

Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants attempts a pass. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Jones had 11 TD passes in 14 starts, which was the second-fewest of any quarterback who started more than 12 games this season. Jones finished with 12 total touchdowns (one rushing) compared with 16 turnovers and a QBR of 61.4.  It also didn’t help last season that the Giants lost their biggest weapon– running back Saquon Barkley, to an ACL injury. Barkley is expected to come back next season, but he may not be at full strength.

The Giants have been making the necessary moves to re-build around Jones, starting with the release of veteran receiver Golden Tate and guard Kevin Zeitler.

Giants 2021 Outlook & Needs

The Giants had a very busy offseason and have gone out of their way to sign nine outsiders to join their 2021 team with GM Dave Gettleman doing a good job at targeting the team’s needs. So far, New York has revamped their receiving corps with the addition of Kenny Golladay and tight end Kyle Rudolph. They signed cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and replaced Dalvin Tomlinson by signing two defensive linemen. Inside the gates, the team resigned defensive end Leonard Williams, offensive tackle Nate Solder, and added some necessary depth across the roster.

The Giants still have some holes to fill, starting with the offensive line for the second straight offseason. They’ll have Andrew Thomas to hold down Daniel Jones’ blindside on the left side, but the right tackle remains unknown.

The wide receiver selection in the draft also runs deep so adding one or two will be a big help for Jones and the lack of depth They could look to DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle in the first round or a speedster in the second if they use their No. 11 pick on an edge rusher like Kwity Paye of Michigan to add some consistency since Lorenzo Carter nor Oshane Ximines have been reliable. 

And after losing Tomlinson, the Giants will also need to add some help on their defensive line rotation.  If the Giants can focus on their draft needs and Jones continues to develop, there is a good chance they could wear the NFC East crown next season, with little to no competition in their way.