Giants co-owner John Mara believes New York is ‘moving in the right direction’
The New York Giants are not currently expected to serve as an exciting or successful football team come 2019-20. Even though the once heralded NFC East franchise most notably parting ways with current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. en route to heading into full-on rebuild mode, team co-owner John Mara still thinks New York is moving in the right direction.
“Absolutely, I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Mara recently told Newsday. “I certainly don’t think we’re a finished product yet, but I am happy with the direction of the team, contrary to popular opinion.”
Adding to his previous thoughts on the franchise in general, Mara also seems to be fond of former Duke Blue Devils quarterback, who the Giants infamously selected at No. 6 overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
“So far, so good. We’re very pleased with him so far,” Mara told Newsday on Tuesday. “He’s in shorts on the practice field, he’s got a nice arm and a great demeanor. But we’re [only] into May.”
In addition to losing out on the services of the aforementioned Beckham Jr., the Giants also parted ways with current Washington Redskins safety Landon Collins and current Cleveland Browns pass rusher Olivier Vernon. Seemingly starting from scratch — outside of aging quarterback Eli Manning — the Giants will now begin to build around former Penn State Nittany Lions superstar and soon-to-be second-year running back Saquon Barkley, who certainly impressed as a rookie a season ago.
New York finished the 2018 campaign at 5-11.