The New York Giants nearly made the playoffs last year and hope to win the NFC East in 2021. The front office has been busy this offseason, restructuring and improving the roster.
Acquiring Kenny Golladay was a huge move for Daniel Jones’ development. With Saquon Barkley coming back and drafting Kadarius Toney, the Giants offense is ready to take off.
The defense isn’t all that bad either, as they played much better than most believe. The front office picked up some additional help for the secondary, which was the weak spot on the defense. New York is revamped for the 2021 season and could be a surprise team next year.
This team has picked up some solid rookies as well. Some of them may not make an impact in year one, but they have the potential to contribute down the road. The Giants have set themselves up to possibly become one of the best teams in the league in a few years, depending on if the prospects develop. With that said, here are two hidden gems on the Giants roster.
Giants hidden gems:
Coming out of Oklahoma State, Rodarius Williams is a prospect cornerback who could be an important piece in a few years. He’s a great run support corner who wraps up his tackles well. During his time in college, Williams racked up 169 total tackles, 5.5 for a loss, two interceptions.
That type of production indicates he could make an impact as a slot cornerback one day. He has the privilege to learn behind Logan Ryan, who is one of the better slot corners in the league. The Giants sixth-round selection is in a perfect position to grow and prosper within the organization.
Williams is a raw prospect who will likely receive most of his playing time on special teams to start his career. He needs time to develop and learn. If he’s patient and willing to listen to the coaching staff and the veteran players, Williams could emerge as the team’s next slot cornerback when Logan Ryan eventually leaves.
Raymond Johnson III
Raymond Johnson III is an undrafted free agent who played rather well during his time in college. Playing for Georgia Southern, Johnson found himself in the backfield quite often. He finished his collegiate career with 146 total tackles, 33.5 for a loss, 15 sacks, and five fumble recoveries in a four-year time span.
Those are solid numbers to put up for a defensive lineman, no matter what level they’re playing at. Johnson joins a Giants defensive line that consists of Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence II. He’ll be learning behind these two to start his career, which bodes well for his future success. If he makes the final roster, Johnson could be a vital rotational player for the first couple of years of his career.
For now, he’ll have to fight for a roster spot and prove his worth in training camp. The Giants already have a decent defensive line, but Johnson could help improve the defense more so with consistent play. Keep a close eye on Johnson, as he could attract attention from the coaching staff and earn a spot on the roster.