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Plenty of reasons to believe Giants are contenders

The Bryan Dabor Giants won’t be creeping into the NFL this season…but there’s more reason to believe in the Giants as a rising team that isn’t a fake one-hit wonder.

As smart, tough and dependable rookies, Dabor and GM Joe Sean have high hopes for the Giants as they orchestrated a climb to a franchise that has become a walk on the wild card side after being anchored for too long. It is neither irrational nor impractical to do so. In a league with perhaps a dozen teams that can dare to dream of a Super Bowl, start running now. Like the Aaron Rodgers-Jets, they should be one of them, more a candidate than an impostor.

are they there yet? No, is regression possible? Of course. Will they be able to get there? It’s May. If you can’t dream “Why Not Us?” When can you do it now?

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The Eagles became 2022 NFC Champions in large part because Jalen Hurts made an astronomical leap, and now that Daniel Jones is a $40 million man, he’s on the franchise quarterback mission. You’ll face huge expectations that you’ll make enough strides to perform and improve your team.


Bryan Dabor at the Giants’ minicamp on May 25.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

In his second year under Dabor and offensive coordinator/playcaller Mike Kafka, Jones was finally poised to succeed.

He currently has:

  • An elite TE and a big target for Darren Waller.
  • Isiah Hodgins, complemented by pleasant surprises by rookie Jalyn Hyatt and Speed ​​Demon receivers Paris Campbell, and the return of healthy Wandale Robinson and Darius Slayton.
  • The best offensive line he had once the “Gold Jacket Man” settled the contract quagmire to keep him in place and pit Saqon Barkley. Rookie C John Michael Schmitz is plug and play, and elite LT Andrew Thomas is confident in his second year jump from RT Evan Neal.

As valuable a weapon as his feet are, Jones has no excuse not to exceed his career-high 24 touchdown passes in his rookie season. The Hearts rushed for 13 touchdowns (760 yards on 165 carries) and threw 22 touchdowns last season, despite missing two games in Week 15 with a shoulder sprain and losing to the Giants in the playoffs. , threw 22 touchdown passes despite being eliminated in the playoffs.

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale believes the addition of LB Bobby Okereke and DTs Rakeem Nunes-Roches and Asean Robinson will make for a better run defense alongside Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams. , if he’s right, the Giants are ready to stop. As former GM Jerry Rees used to like to say, run and have fun. Martindale is sick of allowing 5.2 yards per rush in 2022 and averaging 144.2 yards.


Darren Waller catches a pass at Giants minicamp on May 25.
Darren Waller catches a pass at Giants minicamp on May 25.
Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

If No. 1 pick Deonte Banks is as good as the Giants think, Kavon Thibodeau will be a double-digit sack threat in his second year, especially if Aziz Ojulari can stay on the field as a bookend. .

And in a league where many games end with a field goal, Graham Gano, you never know.

And what about kickoff return coverage? Oh yeah, never mind.

The same is true for Giants bulls. Of course, there are also bearish cases. Equivalences that always bring surprises are rampant. The schedulers did them no favors. The Eagles continue to be a team that can win divisions and conferences. Safety you can trust Julian Love has made his way to Seattle. The sweet, innocent climb of a year ago is over.


Jalyn Hyatt speaking to the media during Rookie Minicamp on May 5.
Jalyn Hyatt speaking to the media during Rookie Minicamp on May 5.
Noah K. Murray, New York Post

Any argument that the Giants have closed the gap to the Eagles is tempered by the nature of that gap, with the Super Bowl runner-up team adding an impressive collection of Georgia Bulldogs and Predator pass rushers to DT Jalen Carter and OLB Nolan. – Added Smith. Giants supporters can take comfort in seeing this reality. While the Eagles lost both their offensive and defensive coordinators who held head coaching positions with the Colts and Cardinals, respectively, they were lucky to retain Martindale and Kafka.

The Giants are not elite alongside the Chiefs, Eagles, 49ers, Bengals and Bills. At this point they appear to be in the same second division league as the Cowboys, Ravens, Chargers, Jets, Seahawks and a few others.

It also helps that Coach of the Year is the coach of the New York Football Giants. Dabol knows his football. he knows his team He knows his quarterback. Just ask the $40 million man. He created an environment conducive to success. He injected energy and bravado into a culture that was desperate for both energy and bravado. The same man every day. It’s the same guy every week. He is a trustworthy coach.

Giants co-owner John Mara said at the end of each season the arrow was pointing upwards until he realized the Giants had hit rock bottom and it was time to blow everything up and fire GM Dave Gettleman and HC Joe. I was forever trying to tell myself that I was. judge. Mara knew she had to regain the trust of her fans, and she did.

It’s too early to conclude that the sky is the limit, but in 1925 there was blue skies on Giant’s Drive.

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