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New York Giants 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/4/2018.


New York Giants Free Agency Recap


New York got left tackle Nate Solder from the New England Patriots. Solder brings stability to the offensive line. New York also traded for Alec Ogltree.



New York Giants Draft Recap


The Giants outdrafted the rest of the NFL in the 2018 NFL Draft. They got two starters with their first two picks drafting both Saquon Barkley and Will Hernandez. They also got Lorenzo Carter in the third round who I had a first round grade on. Kyle Lauletta will push Davis Webb for the backup gig. New York drafted well enough to rebound as early as 2018.




New York Giants Quarterback Summary: Eli Manning continues to play at a high level. The backup quarterback competition features Kyle Lauletta and Davis Webb.


New York may be one of three teams without a quarterbacks coach. They have Pat Shurmur as a head coach and they also have Mike Shula as an offensive coordinator. They should be fine in this area with or without a quarterback coach since both the HC and OC specialize in developing quarterbacks.


New York Giants Running Back Summary: The Giants drafted Saquon Barkley second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. I think he's capable of having 1,000 rushing yards right out of the gate. He will be a key part in the New York Giants offense moving forward.


Running backs coach Craig Johnson has experience developing both quarterbacks and running backs. Johnson specializes in developing players at those two positions and has been the Giants running back coach since 2014.


New York Giants Wide Receiver Summary: Odell Beckham Jr. is Eli Manning's primary target. A big target next to Odell Beckham Jr. is needed, but the Giants have a slot receiver in Sterling Shepard who can make big plays.


Tyke Tolbert was the wide receivers coach with the Denver Broncos from 2011-2017. Now he takes over as the New York Giants wide receivers coach. He's never worked with a receiver of Odell Beckham Jr.'s talent level.


New York Giants Tight End Summary: Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison both can be effective tight ends. New York finally started Engram which is why I feel confident about both tight ends doing well next season. Lunda Wells takes over as a tight ends coach after being an assistant offensive line coach. He specializes in blocking plus blocking concepts. I still expect big things from Evan Engram.


New York Giants Offensive Line Summary: Right now the Giants have Nate Solder at left tackle, Will Hernandez at left guard, Brett Jones at center, John Jerry at right guard, and Ereck Flowers at right tackle. This can be an effective offensive line unit when healthy. The thing is, everyone outside of Nate Solder and Will Herandez has been a huge liability on the offensive line up front. To make matters worse, this team is thin and lacks depth on the offensive line if anyone gets injured.


Hal Hunter the former Browns offensive line coach is now the Giants offensive line caoch. If the offensive line struggles in 2018, I will blame the Giants offensive line woes on him. Hunter was 1-31 as the Browns offensive line coach and is one of the worst offensive line coaches in the NFL. The abysmal play of this offensive line is largely due to Hal Hunter's horrible preparation.


The Giants could be a top 15 team in both passing yards and rushing yards. I feel like they will remain in the bottom half of the league in both points scored and total yards due to their lackluster offensive line coach. If the offensive line stays healthy, then the New York Giants could very well exceed peoples expectations in 2018.



New York Giants Defensive Line Summary: Olivier Vernon can play 4-3 right end as well as 3-4 right outside linebacker in the New York Giants new hybrid defense where they will use both the 4-3 ahd 3-4 schemes. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson are still good 4-3 defensive tackles. Kareem Martin replaces Jason Pierre-Paul as a 4-3 left end. That's the big weakness in New York's 4-3 scheme.


New York replaced Patrick Graham with Gary Emmanuel. I feel like the Giants downgraded from a coaching standpoint here as well. Graham was a disciple of Belichick and Emmanuel spent the past six seasons as a defensive line coach on the Colts where their defensive line has been a liability since Dwight Freeney left.


New York Giants Linebacker Summary: New York will have Lorenzo Carter at 4-3 right outside linebacker, Alec Ogletree at 4-3 middle linebacker, and B.J. Goodson at 4-3 left outside linebacker. When the Giants run a 3-4 they will put Carter next to Vernon off the edge at 3-4 left outisde linebacker allowing Ogletree and Goodson to play inside on 3-4 packages in New York's hybrid defense.


Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is more accustomed to running a 3-4 defense then a 4-3 defense. That's why he's the right defensive coordiantor for the hybrid defense that the New York Giants plan to run. Bill McGovern enters his third season as a linebackers coach with the Giants. There is new terminology to learn.


New York Giants Defensive Backs Summary: The Giants have Janoris Jenkins as the field cornerback while Eli Aople is the boundary cornerback across from him. William Gay will play the nickel. Landon Collins will start at strong safety while Darian Thompson is expected to start at free safety. The Giants do not have the depth you'd like at cornerback. Everyone on this secondary struggled in 2017.


Lou Anarumo did an awesome job as a defensive backs coach with the Miami Dolphins. Now he is the New York Giants defensive backs coach.


New York has new defensive coaches everywhere except at linebackers coach. Bill McGovern was the only defensive coach that the New York Giants retained. I feel like New York will have a top 10 run defense, but they will be a middle of the pack defense in sacks and total yards allowed. They will be a top 25 team in pass defense with Anarumo coaching the defensive backs, but they won't make much of an improvement in the secondary. This is still one of the NFL's worst secondaries.



New York Giants Special Teams Summary: Aldrick Rosas returns at kicker. Riley Dixon is now the punter for the New York Giants. Return specialist Sterling Shepard is one of the NFL's best returners on both kickoffs and punts. Thomas McGaughey is the New York Giants new special teams coordinator. Tom Quinn the Giants' previous special teams coordinator got demoted to assistant special teams coach.




New York Giants Worst Case Scenario: The New York Giants go 5-11 and finish last in the NFC East once again.


New York Giants Best Case Scenario: New York goes 9-7 and somehow barely edges Philadelphia for the NFC East. If the Giants don't win the NFC East, then they won't be a playoff team in 2018-2019.


New York Giants 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 2
September 16
AT
8:30 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 3
September 23
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 4
September 30
VS
4:25 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 5
October 7
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 6
October 11
VS
8:20 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 7
October 22
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 8
October 28
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 9
Bye Week
Week 10
November 12
AT
8:15 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 11
November 18
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 12
November 25
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 13
December 2
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 14
December 9
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 15
December 16
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 16
December 23
AT
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 17
December 30
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W


New York Giants 2018 Projected Record (8-8): New York has the talent to win 8 games this season. They have skill players at a lot of positions. They lack depth on the offensive line, their defensive line is weaker, their receivers outside of Beckham and Shepard are trash despite the promise tight end Evan Engram shows, and the secondary is awful. That being said, New York has enough star power to go 8-8 and make moderate improvements from their abysmal 2017 campaign if everyone stays healthy. I still feel like this team is a year away from returning to the playoffs with all their holes on the offensive line and the secondary. If Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the Giants will need two more years to rebuild this core rather then one.







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