How Will Gettleman Change the Giants?
The first step in revamping the Giants power structure was made when Dave Gettleman was hired as the Giants new General Manager replacing Jerry Reese. While Gettleman has experience within the Giants organization and as a General Manager for the Carolina Panthers speculation now begins on what moves will be made this offseason. There are three potential changes that could happen that could lead to massive ramifications for the Giants for years to come.
What will happen at Quarterback?
Entering the 2017 season Eli Manning was the present signal caller for the New York Giants and hot prospect Josh Rosen from UCLA and Sam Darnold from USC were the future franchise quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning, Rosen, and Darnold all had underwhelming years for their respective teams. It reached the point where Eli Manning was benched for Geno Smith and Rosen and Darnold draft stock fell enough some to believe Rosen and Darnold where not going to be the top two picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Now entering the 2018 offseason Gettleman’s first major player personnel decision is “does Big Blue stick with Manning at QB in 2018” or does Gettleman bring in Rosen or Darnold as the next signal caller for the Giants.
Who will the Giants draft with the number 2 pick?
When you go 3-13 there are many positions on your roster that need to be upgraded. Gettleman has gone on record of saying the offensive line needs to be upgraded, which many people agree on. The major issue is that the 2018 draft is weak at the offensive tackle position exactly where the Giants needs to improve. There is a potentially dynamic running back in Saquon Barkley who could potentially electrify the Giants offense. Yet, how would Barkley perform with a subpar Giants offensive line? Also, as previously mentioned, there could be a potential franchise quarterback in Rosen, Darnold, or Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson. Another option is Gettleman trades down to get multiple picks to try and upgrade the roster as a whole.
Who will be released/let go from the current Giants roster?
Gettleman already started changing the Giants roster when he released offensive lineman Bobby Hart before the season finale. Now, who else will be removed from the Giants roster? Two candidates are cornerback Eli Apple and left-tackle Ereck Flowers. Both Apple and Flowers were number one picks who have not performed up to expectations. Apple also has been called out by his teammates in the media, made inappropriate comments in the media, was inactive for several games, and also was suspended for the last game of the season. As of now Apple’s days are numbered but will he be traded or outright released. Flowers is the player who has been criticized the most for his poor play and can benefit from a position change. If Big Blue finds an upgrade at left-tackle, Flowers can be moved to right-tackle and the Giants will be able to improve two positions in one roster addition.
There are also other offensive linemen who are pending free agents for the G-Men and they are Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, and D.J Fluker. While Pugh and Richburg do have Pro Bowl seasons on their resume would Gettleman chose to bring back some pieces or go for a total rebuild of the entire offensive lineman unit?
All we can do is wait until April to see what happens.