The New York Giants are coming off a disappointing season. They finished 6-10 and second in the NFC East. They had a shot at making the playoffs as the Washington Football team won the division at 7-9. Star running back Saquon Barkley tore his ACL in week 2 of the season which was a big hit for the offense.
With a good offseason the Giants are ready to make another run at the division title.
They came up short of the division last year but key moves will help them this season. The Giants signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay in free agency and drafted receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round. These weapons will help the development of the rest of the offense.
Here are 3 potential breakout players for the Giants in the 2021 NFL season.
Giants breakout candidates:
3. Wide receiver Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton was expected to break out last season after a productive rookie year but struggled in 2020. He had a decent season but it was not to the level everyone was expecting. Slayton’s struggles stemmed from getting the most attention from defenses but this season will be different. With Golladay and Toney joining him at receiver, Slayton will have the opportunity to get one on one matchups. If Slayton breaks out don’t be surprised if the Giants receiving core instantly becomes near the top of the league.
2. Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas
The Giants 2020 first round pick Andrew Thomas had an up and down rookie campaign. He improved throughout the season and showed his ability to be a franchise tackle. Thomas is tasked with protecting the quarterbacks blindside and it is hard to have success in a rookie season.
The offensive line has been a position of weakness for the Giants but the progression of Thomas will help them improve.
1. Safety Xavier McKinney
Xavier McKinney was one of the top safeties in the 2020 draft and he showed promise in his rookie season. Although he only played in 6 games he made his impact known on defense. McKinney only missed one tackle and had a key interception to clinch a must win game in week 17. He is primed to build on this and continue his early success into next season. McKinney can be a defensive leader in the secondary for the Giants team for years to come.
Look for these three players to be a big key to the Giants success next season.
The Giants look ready for a redemption season this year. After missing the playoffs by one game they are a dangerous team to go up against. The vast improvements to the roster will help the team progress to another level. With some young talent on the roster it is important for the team to coalesce and become a great team. The talent is ready it is now up to the coaching and schemes to put it all together.
The Giants have a great shot at making the playoffs especially in the weak division of the NFC East.
Giants fans should have high expectations for this group as they have all the talent they need.