The New York Giants are at a crossroads this offseason; there are high-leverage decisions to be made that will shape what this team looks like for years to come.
How do they build around Daniel Jones so that he can show, with certainty, that he is either the future of the franchise or that he is not the guy for the job? Do they stay at the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? And if so, who do they select? How will they spend their nearly $80 million in cap space?
With those questions in mind, we constructed a do’s and don’ts list for the Giants to go by in the coming weeks and months, highlighting moves that they should avoid and players who should be in their sights.
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Do: Allocate resources towards coverage in free agency
While he didn’t have the same kind of success in 2019 as he did in his sophomore 2018 campaign with the Cleveland Browns, the Giants should still feel secure in Jabrill Peppers as the team’s starting strong safety. He’s a versatile player who can play in the box, in the slot, deep or even on the edge, and he has the kind of athleticism and playmaking ability that you want to see from a starting defensive player.
His running mate at safety is projected to be the second-year man out of Notre Dame, Julian Love. After making the switch from being primarily a wide cornerback for the Fighting Irish — an area in which he excelled with a 92.6 coverage grade across his final two collegiate seasons — Love played well at safety for the Giants this past season. His overall grade of 70.5 across snaps in the box, in the slot and deep at free safety should give New York hope for his future as a starter in their secondary.