Giants curtain requires Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones? To extend the scale of former prime 10 picks led by Brian Daboll

It may be a cliché to say that for many players, the NFL doesn’t mean the National Football League, which means “not for long,” but New York Giants is living proof that the saying has merit. Return to 2019 training camp: Running back Saquon Barkley just lived up to the hype that 2018 was drafted second overall with a historic rookie season. He led the NFL in receiving yards with 2,028, the third-most in NFL history behind Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson (2,212) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) en route to being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. At quarterback, the G-Men thought they had their Cubs Eli Manning clone in 2019 After selecting Duke’s Daniel Jones sixth overall in the NFL draft.

Today, both Barkley and Jones are at a career crossroads and will be playing for a new head coach in 2022. Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and former Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen, neither of whom have to recruit a starting quarterback after this season to keep their jobs, as both were drafted by previous regimes.

Both players are hoping this upcoming season just can’t be as ugly as 2021 was for the Giants. Former head coach Joe Judge’s final season was marred by injuries, including Jones (missed six games with neck injury), Barkley (three games, ankle injury/COVID protocol), the highest-paid 2021 signing. offseason free agent bag Kenny. Golladay (three games, knee injury), center Nick Gates (15 games, broken leg), linebacker Shane Lemieux (16 games, knee injury) and Andrew Thomas (four games, ankle/foot).

Production naturally suffered as the offense collapsed as the Giants went winless in their final six games without Jones. They finished as one of the league’s two-worst scoring units, and had an exclamation point of the season in the final home game against Washington, sneaking a quarterback on third-and-9 at their own 5-yard line.

in 2021 season of the giants: winter woes

WL

4-7

0-6*

PPG

18.4

9.3

Gifts

14

16

Take out

19

3

* Daniel Jones missed all six games (neck injury)

Giants 2021 offense: Bottom of the barrel

PPG

15.2

on the 31st

Total yards/game

287.3

on the 31st

Turnover

30

The last one

Yards/games

4.7

on the 31st

Yards / Passage

5.8

The last one

Enter Daboll, the architect of the NFL’s second-leading scoring offense (29.8 PPG) over the past two seasons, leading the Bills to back-to-back playoff seasons for the first time since four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s. . Key to Buffalo’s resurgence has been Daboll figuring out how to get the most out of the Bills’ 6-foot-5, 237-pound quarterback Josh Allen, whom the team signed in 2018. dialed number seven, an advantage.

Using more empty formations (five receivers, just a quarterback in the backfield), face-off moves, play action and grid concepts/crossing routes allowed Daboll to simplify the game for Allen, helping him make quicker decisions as a runner and punter. a passerby Under Daboll’s tutelage, Allen became the only player in NFL history to record more than 100 receptions (103) and 30 touchdowns (31) in his first four seasons.

The rise of Josh Allen’s career

WL

15-12

24-9*

Pass Yards/Game

184.4

271.2*

TD-INT

30-21

73-25*

Evaluation of losers

78.2

99.2*

* Top 10 in the NFL

Between Daboll and new offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who was Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs 2018-2021 quarterback coach Jones is excited about his opportunity to work with the Giants’ new offensive brain.

“They both bring a lot of ideas, new ideas from different systems, systems that have had a lot of success, have had a lot of successful quarterbacks,” Jones said. said In May. “I think all those ideas here, new thoughts here, new concepts, new plays, I think all of that (will help him improve). I’m just trying to pick up those little things here and there and listen to their philosophy about playing position, playing offense, looking for opportunities to play in their absence and protect the ball.

“I think all those conversations, just learning from their experiences and what they’ve been through is their success.”

Jones has a similar physical build (6-5, 230 pounds) to Allen, and slightly better efficiency numbers (completion percentage and passing yards per game) than Allen over his first three seasons.

Comparing the first three seasons of Daniel Jones and Josh Allen

Comp Pct

62.8%

61.8%

Pass Yards/Game

221.0

220.6

TD-INT

45-29

67-31

Evaluation of losers

84.3

90.4

Still, a day after being officially hired as Jones’ head coach in January, Daboll made it clear he has no intention of comparing his new quarterback to his former quarterback.

“We’ll take it day by day,” Daboll said January 31 “Look, we’re not going to make any predictions and I wouldn’t do that with Daniel or any player. I don’t think it’s fair to compare him to another guy that I’ve worked with. He’s himself. We’re going to find out what he does well. We’re going to try to install him system that fits, and then our job will be to add the pieces to help him be the best version of himself and the best quarterback for us.”

For Jones to be the best version of himself, the Giants need to approach the high bar he’s set over his first two seasons in terms of production and health. He is the only player in team history to have more than 1,000 yards in his first two seasons (2018-19), but in 2020 After tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the season, Barkley missed the final 14 games. Still shaking off the effects of that injury last season, he averaged 3.46 yards per carry over the last two years, the lowest in the NFL among players with more than 150 carries. Despite struggling over the past two seasons, Barkley’s 14 career carries of 50 or more yards are the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2018, three more than Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry’s 11 in that span.

Saquon Barkley’s Career Stats: Running Downhill

Played games

29

15

Scrimmage Yards/Game

119.6

63.3

Scrimmage Yards/Touchdowns

5.6

4.2

Scrimmage TDs

23

4

Daniel Jones with and without Saquon Barkley*

Played games

20

18

Pass Yards/Game

243.6

195.9

TD-INT

29-15

16-14

Evaluation of losers

87.3

80.3

*As of Jones’ rookie season in 2019

“The last two years didn’t go the way I wanted, I kind of thought about it,” Barkley said said At Giants training camp on July 29. “Everything happens for a reason. So, the misfortunes, the injuries that have come my way in the last two years, God has a bigger plan and everything will work out. So, come this fifth year, I just want, as I said in my first interview when I talked to you this year, I just want to show the Giants that the guy they drafted is still here. still go out there and play and help your team be successful. That’s the only thing I’m focused on. Take care of yourself, take care of your body, take care of your mind and try to be the best teammate you can be.”

Getting Barkley back on track is Daboll’s top priority as he integrates the Giants into his offensive system.

“You see him [Saquon Barkley] run here; he’s a pretty skilled player,” Daboll said at the training camp on July 29. “It’s our job to figure out how to use him, whether he did it last year or the year before, two years in college. [at Penn State]. When you build a system, you understand what these guys do best and challenge them to do more. And if it doesn’t look great, then see if you want to keep pursuing it. And if you want to continue to pursue it, you need to improve them. And if not, then just throw it out and do something else.”

One thing Jones has struggled to throw away is his high turnover rate, as he has the third-most in the NFL. Indianapolis Colts. quarterback Matt Ryan, 49, has only trailed since entering the league in 2019 Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (52) and recently acquired Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield (51). In an effort to cut down on numbers, he started trying shorter and quicker throws, which led to Jones being sacked at a slower rate than in his career last season.

Daniel Jones Career Statistics

Air yards/test

8.0

7.6

7.3

INT percentage

2.6%

2.2%

1.9%

Bag percentage

7.6%

9.1%

5.7%

In an effort to raise Jones and Barkley’s ceiling in 2022, Schoen and Daboll acquired three new starters to slot into the offensive line alongside Thomas at left tackle and Lemieux at left tackle: projected right tackle Evan Neal (picked seventh in the 2022 NFL Draft out of Alabama) , center Jon Feliciano (a starter for the Bills the past three seasons) and linebacker Mark Glowinski (a starter for the Colts the past four seasons).

“He [Jones] has the right mindset,” Daboll said of his new defender. “He’s got good height. Daniel likes a lot of things, and we’re going to get through it one day at a time. We’re going to work with him. We’re going to help him improve. We’re going to help him be a better leader. We’re going to help him be everything. That’s our job as a coaching staff and as an organization. it takes everybody. It’s not just me. It’s the rest of our coaching staff. It’s the scouts. It’s the support staff. It’s the ownership group. It takes a lot to elevate a quarterback, if you will, and he’s worked with different figures here the last three years. We’re going to try to give him stability and just pick it up. from there.”

Stability would be welcome for everyone involved with the Giants, who are now on their fifth head coach in six seasons and mired in a five-year playoff drought with a 22-59 record since 2017. to Airplanes of New York. Making the playoffs will likely be a difficult task as the Giants will have to beat two preseason playoff teams in their division. Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. But seeing if Barkley and Jones can become their long-term future alongside Daboll will help the team take the next big step forward in rebuilding a once-proud franchise.

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