By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thentextra.com
Are both the Jets and Giants really in a race for Trevor Lawrence?
We will find out within the next week.
If both are, can you see Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold with new homes next fall?
Jones hasn’t totally sold himself with his propensity for turnovers, and Darnold already has been mentioned as a good fit in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Jacksonville as viable outlets in 2021.
Lawrence quickly can change the complexion of either team practically overnight. His potential impact has both teams keep a close eye on evaluating their talent for the second half of the season.
True, there is only one win — literally one –that separates the two clubs Sunday before kickoff and a razor’s edge in the race for April’s top draft spot, even though the Giants clearly have looked like the better team.
But don’t count out the G-Men of working their way to making Lawrence their top pick next spring.
The Giants gave us the first hint about a firesale at the Nov. 3 trading deadline when they shipped linebacker Markus Golden back to Arizona for a 2021 sixth-round pick,
Since then, rumors and reports have surfaced that guard Kevin Zeitler, wide receiver Golden Tate, and tight end Evan Engram could soon be on the market, and all would bring some value.
If the Giants don’t get the top pick, a lineman will be near the top of their list to replace Zeitler, and Tate and Engram can be expendable. Nate solder, who opted out this season due to COVID 19, also likely is on his way out.
With Joe Judge at the controls, the Giants have realized that a reboot — not necessarily a rebuild — will be in order for next season.
It will be interesting to see what route GM Dave Gettleman takes, as his future fate of a dismissal or retirement continues to be a major topic or discussion. Should Gettleman begin a teardown, he could save his job,
As for the Jets, the picture is clearer. GM Joe Douglas has begun the process of stockpiling draft picks. The 0-6 Jets have shown that their chances at being a zero or one-win team are rising each week.
Jamal Adams, Le’Veon Bell, and Steve McLendon have been jettisoned. Linebackers Avery Williamson and Jordan Jenkins, tight end Chris Herndon, and cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Brian Poole easily are among those who could be wearing new uniforms in early November.
In fact, the Jets have 18 players currently with one-year contracts. Douglas never lost sight of the big picture of his franchise quarterback.
One has to wonder of Darnold ‘s return this afternoon at Met Life against Buffalo is the first game of his audition toward a new home.
Don’t worry. There will be some intriguing storylines for the Giants and Jets over the next two months.
Watch how the wheels turn on both sides to try and win the top prize, presumably the Lawrence sweepstakes.