It may be December, but it’s felt like the offseason for a couple of months now when it comes to the New York Giants.
I recently wrote an article detailing 4 moves I expect the Giants to make once the season ends.
So, it’s only right to talk about 4 moves I expect them not to make, as well.
Cutting Eli Manning
I think Eli Manning will be the Giants starting quarterback next season.
And the reason I say this is simple:
They are clearly auditioning him here in the second half of the season, hoping he plays well against “meh” competition, to give themselves a reason to bring him back.
This also allows their potential 2019 quarterback draft pick to sit for a little, or, it helps postpone their quarterback process another season and go all in on the 2020 draft.
The fact that Kyle Lauletta hasn’t played yet, even after a 1-7 start to the season, tells me all I need to know regarding their lack of interest in his future at the team’s starting quarterback.
And it also says a lot when it comes to what they think of Manning’s future as the team’s starter next season.
Janoris Jenkins Being Cut
There was a report earlier in the week that Janoris Jenkins may be playing his way into a fourth season with the Giants.
And I certainly think it’s legitimate.
Defensive coordinator James Bettcher told reporters this week that Jenkins has played like an All-Pro recently.
And the fact that he’s getting healthy/playing well after an offseason surgery, which bugged him in the beginning of the year, tells me that they may give him another shot.
Letting Landon Collins Walk
After word got out that Landon Collins basically played the entire second half last Sunday with one arm, I’m not sure how one could fail to recognize the grit Collins offers to the team’s defense.
Bettcher also told the media that he “loves” Collins and the way he plays the game.
The Giants have taken enough toys away from Bettcher’s defense over the past year (Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Devon Kennard, Romeo Okwara, Eli Apple, etc.), so, I can’t see how they let Collins walk, even with his current injury situation.
Drafting Anyone Other Than a Quarterback In The First-Round
I think the Giants strategy in the first-round of the NFL Draft will be simple:
Take a quarterback or trade back.
This allows them a clear direction and purpose when it comes to the future of the franchise.
The worst place to be is in the middle. Either be all in or all out.
If “their” quarterback isn’t there, then they should at least send the message to their team/fan base that they don’t trust the 2019 draft and have no problem waiting in order to find the “right” quarterback.