By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
The Giants’ recent signing of first-round pick wide receiver Kadarius Toney was more than just the usual exercise of top picks that normally drags into July or August.
Instead, it was another reminder of the Giants’ further securing their offensive attack for evolving quarterback Daniel Jones.
With free agency and the draft, Big Blue has stockpiled their running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions.
On paper, they can be a fantasy players’ picnic and one of the league’s offensive juggernauts. Move over, Kansas City or Buffalo.
Is the accumulation a sign of Jones’ lack of leadership? No. It is a sign that the team has faith in him to lead such an affront.
GM Dave Gettleman has realized the team’s need for enhanced depth at all three positions in order to take the next step in their development. Saquon Barkley’s rash of injuries over the past two seasons also was a huge incentive.
Barkley’s season-ending injuries after his startling rookie campaign certainly has raised some eyebrows and generated some whispers about his durability despite his apparently solid, statuesque build.
With their presumed intensified passing attack, Barkley shouldn’t be a workhorse in the backfield and be utilized more as a complement to their new air attack,
Yet, Gettleman didn’t take the chance.
He added veterans Devontae Booker, Corey Clement and Ryquell Armstead and drafted Gary Brightwell in the sixth round. Cullen Gillaspia was picked up as a fullback.
Pro Football Focus has rankled them as the 12th ranked unit in the league. That’s a good start back to respectability for the unit.
Barkley likely won’t play much in the preseason, and the others will get their necessary reps in.
Toney’s signing solidifies one the Giants’ deepest wide receiver corps over the past 40 years.
Holdover and steady Sterling Shepard can make himself even more effective with top free agent Kenny Golladay along with John Ross, and Kelvin Benjamin now on board. Once rising star Darius Slayton can curb some of the pressures of his sophomore year after his breakout rookie season.
Evan Engram needs to have a breakout year to finally silence his leftover critics, but Kyle Rudolph, Jaden Smith, and Levine Toilolo quickly can answer the call.
As for Jones, he does need to take the next step, especially with all the tools around him.
If it all comes to fruition, the Giants’ offense can be one of — or the — most potent offense in the league. That will alleviate any enhanced pressure on Jones to take matters into his own hands.
If it doesn’t and principally if Barkley gets hurt again, it will develop into another Eagles’ refrain…it will be another Tequila sunrise.