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

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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 a whole lot 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 anything he (or flash-in-the-pan replacement Tommy DeVito) did since the offensive line allowed 85 total sacks, second-most ever since sacks became a trackable stat.

Do the Giants go into 2024 with Jones as the unquestioned starter? Do they use the franchise tag on star running back Saquon Barkley (1,242 yards from scrimmage, 10 total touchdowns) for a second straight season? Do they use the sixth overall pick on a WR1? Or do they use premium resources to address the defense, which wasn’t particularly strong (especially against the run) in its own right?

New York thudded back to Earth last season after 2022’s surprise run to the divisional round. There’s lots of pressure on Daboll and Co. to get things right this fall.

(Taylor Wilhelm/Yahoo Sports)

Key free agents

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

Who’s in/out: With a defensive revamp likely in store under new coordinator Shane Bowen, the biggest name to watch here is Barkley. A second straight franchise tag would cost the Giants $12.1 million against the cap this season, though the tag could be applied not as a means to bring him back, but rather as a placeholder to negotiate a longer-term deal at a lower cap hit. Or they could choose to let the former No. 2 overall pick hit the open market since Barkley, while still one of the league’s most productive backs, does not play what teams generally consider a premium position.

Brian Daboll and the Giants have a lot of work…

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Publish date : 2024-02-23 01:37:35

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