The New York Giants proved that they have some young talent that can get the job done when called upon. Now their final audition comes on Sunday against the determined Philadelphia Eagles.
The New York Giants went into overtime in a game last week that they had controlled from start to finish. Yet somehow as I watched the game with my father I knew the G-Men would win no matter what. 2019 has not been kind to the Giants. For myself and many others, I think we all are looking forward to 2020 and a fresh start.
Big Blue needed to prove, not only to their fans but also to themselves that some of the players on the current roster have a purpose in the future of the franchise. They answered the bell in a big way, Saquon Barkley showed off his ability behind a much better blocking O-line.
Barkley had a huge first half both on the ground and receiving, showing off some of the skills that made him rookie of the year last year. He rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and caught the ball four times for 90 yards and another touchdown.
Daniel Jones who looked above average in this game used Barkley like a swiss army knife and that was the right thing to do. More importantly, Jones got rid of the ball on time and with accuracy. He still had a few missed passes but that is bound to happen when throwing the ball 42 times for 352 yards and five touchdowns.
Although the Giants defense played well in certain stints, their youth showed through as the game marched on. They had been waiting for players like Lorenzo Carter, Leonard Williams, Deandre Baker, and Sam Beal to show that they deserve their chance to fight for a spot on the Giants going forward. Especially since the team will be in a position to add an influx of talent through free agency with a projected $75M available, which may climb above $100M to spend.
Carter showed that when used properly he can be effective, Beal and Baker made some mistakes but they looked like tall rangy athletes that could easily grow into themselves or at least become solid depth players.
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Williams has played strong against the run but I don’t feel that he deserves the money he is looking for, as stated by my fellow Fansider Matt Clark of GMEN HQ in his article “5 Offseason Moves to fix the 2020 NY Giants Defense.” The former Jets first-round pick doesn’t have the pass rush ability Big Blue needs.
“Snacks” Harrison was dealt away because they didn’t want to pay top dollar for an aging run stuffer. Then why pay it for Williams? Hopefully, the Giants continue to follow suit in that regard and pass on the defensive lineman when his contract expires.
With that said the Giants needed to prove they could find a way to win, even if it was against another bottom dweller. Now they step up in class to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a must-win game for Philly so it will be an uphill climb (personally I would like to see Giants play tough and not help the Cowgirls get into the playoffs). No matter what happens this weekend the Giants players and coaches know they are fighting for their respective jobs as this season ends.
Their win over Washington was so important and so emotional because, for many of these Giants players, it may be their last “W” in a New York Giants uniform.