Another day, another season the New York Giants start 0-2. Honestly, they did not look that bad in week 1 against the Steelers. However, against the Bears is a different story. We will get to Saquon Barkley, but lets stick with the guys on the field to start.
Daniel Jones looked decent this week. When he had a clean pocket, he completed 23/33 passes and was much better on play action this week than in week 1. He still struggled with the turnovers. He lost one fumble and threw and interception. With Barkley out for the year, the Giants will be throwing the ball a lot. Jones only through one pass that traveled 20 yards in the air and that was a 24 yard play to Sterling Shepard. Jones’s success with deep ball will help this team immensely.
Obviously, the elephant in the room is Saquon Barkley. Barkley tore his ACL and MCL on a play this past Sunday. He is out for the season and most likely have new contract negotiations delayed. This is his third season, and it is usually after this season, players start looking for new contracts. With this injury, Barkley will have to prove to the Giants, or any other potential suitors that he is worthy of a lucrative new contract.
There were some other good takeaways for this offense. Andrew Thomas continues to impress at left tackle while Nick Gates is improving at center. Thomas looked lost on one play when Khalil Mack was able to get to Jones but you can’t really blame him for not blocking Mack. Overall though, he has looked worthy of the fourth overall pick.
The Giants hit a homerun with the James Bradberry signing. Overall, Trubisky threw in Bradberry’s direction 6 times where he only allowed one catch for 14 yards. This also included 3 pass deflections (one that led to a Julian Love interception) and one interception for himself. Bradberry has looked very good in his first two games as a Giant.
The pass rush is obviously still a major need for improvement, and other than Bradberry, the secondary really needs some work. They lack an experienced second corner and are still feeling the absence of Xavier McKinney. Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and Dalvin Tomlinson have all looked good in this early season. Their absence on the field was noticed when the Giants needed to get the ball back quickly, but the Bears were able to run the ball 5 times for 56 yards on one drive. The one thing this defense should be able to do is stop the run, but in order for that to happen, you need your best run defenders on the field.
Normally, I would say the Giants have no shot at beating the 49ers, but with Jimmy G, Raheem Mostert, and Nick Bosa all out, the Giants may finally appear in the win column. Devonta Freeman is expected to sign with the Giants this week, pending a physical and Covid test. This should help the run game with Barkley out as they won’t have to rely on Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis to run the ball. This is going to be a long season for Big Blue, but hopefully they can jumpstart some momentum with a win against the 49ers this week.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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