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New York Giants 2024 NFL offseason primer: How will year 3 of Brian Daboll’s up-and-down tenure go?

New York Giants 2023 Season: 6-11, missed playoffs

Overview: The Giants lost by 40 at home to the Cowboys in their season opener, and things didn’t get much better from there. Failing to continue the momentum of Brian Daboll’s first season in charge, New York was out of serious playoff contention by mid-November.

Daniel Jones signed a four-year, $160 million extension last offseason, but tore his ACL in Week 9. While he wasn’t great before the injury, it’s hard to really gauge what he (or flashy reliever Tommy DeVito) ) did so since the offensive line allowed a total of 85 sacks, the second-most since sacks became a trackable statistic.

Will the Giants enter 2024 with Jones as the undisputed starter? Do they use the sixth overall pick on a WR1? Or do they use high-quality assets to tackle the defense, which itself was not particularly strong (especially against the run)?

New York returned to Earth last season after its surprising 2022 run to the divisional round. There is a lot of pressure on Daboll and Co. to get things right this fall.

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(Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

(Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

Keyless agents

RB Saquon Barkley
CB Adoree’ Jackson
LB Isaiah Simmons
SS Xavier McKinney
OLB Jihad district
DL A’Shawn Robinson

Who’s in/out: With a defensive overhaul likely on the horizon under new coordinator Shane Bowen, Barkley is the biggest name to watch here. He won’t be tagged for the second year in a row, leaving him one of the biggest names on the free agent market. While he’s still one of the league’s most productive defenders, he doesn’t play what teams generally consider a premium position. Could a Giants reunion still be on the horizon?

Brian Daboll and the Giants have a lot of work to do this NFL offseason, entering a pivotal Year 3 of his tenure.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Brian Daboll and the Giants have a lot of work to do this NFL offseason, entering a pivotal Year 3 of his tenure.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brian Daboll and the Giants have a lot of work to do this NFL offseason, entering a pivotal Year 3 of his tenure. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Top Free Agent Needs
Offensive line
Running back
Wide receiver

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Why the holes? No quarterback would look good behind the Giants’ offensive line, which needs a lot of repairs after allowing a whopping 85 sacks last season. If Barkley signs elsewhere, the Giants will also have to address their backfield, and they have sorely lacked a true No. 1 receiving option since signing Odell Beckham Jr. five years ago. traded.

Do they have the money? According to Spotrac, the Giants are in good shape, with a projected $35.3 million under the cap.

Possible notable cuts

TE Darren Waller
G Mark Glowinski

Why they might be gone: Last March’s splashy trade for Waller, one of the league’s best athletes, never fully came to fruition thanks to injuries and inconsistency. He’s due $14.1 million against the cap this season, and the Giants could decide it’s already time to move on. Glowinski is expected to make $7.1 million this season, and as we’ve mentioned, the offensive line needs some serious work.

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2023 NFLPA Report Card

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Design choices

1st round: No. 6
2nd round: No. 39
2nd Round: No. 47 (by Seahawks)
3rd round: No. 70
4th round
5th round
6th round

Good towing fit

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Is LSU star Malik Nabers the Giants' long-awaited WR1?  (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Is LSU star Malik Nabers the Giants' long-awaited WR1?  (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Is LSU star Malik Nabers the Giants’ long-awaited WR1? (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Why he? The Giants could have a tackle-rich offensive line, but Nabers could immediately be their most game-changing bet. The LSU star has the burst, productivity and room for improvement to be worthy of a top 10 pick, according to Yahoo Sports draft expert Nate Tice.

What can move the fantasy football needle this season?

The Giants will likely run it back with Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback in 2024, but they will need a better group around him. They can’t realistically count on Darren Waller to fill the big role they ticketed him for last season. The receiver room doesn’t have a difference maker, but rather a collection of solid role players. Oh, and they’ll probably lose Saquon Barkley as the starting running back. Couple all these moves with a desperate need on the offensive line after a nightmarish run last year, and the Giants still have a long The best way to build an offensive ecosystem that I’m rushing to invest in this season. –Matt Harmon

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