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Giants’ offseason work gets good grade from Pro Football Focus

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Now that the roster-building season is mostly over, it’s time for experts to assess each team’s performance in the offseason. The New York Giants, according to at least one assessment, did well.

Pro Football Focus recently graded all 32 teams’ 2024 off-seasons, with nine clubs receiving an A.

The Giants, after an offseason focused on bolstering the offensive and defensive lines and adding a dynamic playmaker, received a final grade of B+.

PFF writes:

New York’s best move this offseason was trading for Brian Burns, forming a legit defensive line trio with Kayvon Thibodeaux and Dexter Lawrence.

They lost Xavier McKinney and Saquon Barkley but reunited head coach Brian Daboll with running back Devin Singletary to quell the sting of Barkley’s departure. They also added a handful of offensive linemen in a much-needed overhaul.

I was a big fan of the Giants draft, as Malik Nabers, Tyler Nubin, and Andru Phillips are impact players. They weren’t able to change their quarterback situation, but that wasn’t totally in their control.

General manager Joe Schoen knew going into the offseason that revamping the offensive line, which surrendered a league-high 85 sacks in 2023, was a top priority.

The Giants would sign a pair of solid veterans, Jon Runyan Jr. and Jermaine Eluemunor, as plug-and-play starters.

New York also acquired Pro Bowl pass rusher Brian Burns in a trade with the Panthers. Burns, who has 46 career sacks, will join forces with all-pro Dexter Lawrence and last season’s team leader in sacks (11.5) Kayvon Thibodeaux.

When you lose key players, find their replacements.

While some may still be feeling the loss of Saquon Barkley, the addition of Devin Singletary as a running back should not be underestimated.

Heading into his sixth season, Singletary has rushed for 4,049 yards in his career and has registered 30 or more receptions in his last four seasons.

In 2023, Barkley rushed for 962 yards and 6 TDs, with 41 receptions for 280 yards and 4 TDs. Singletary rushed for 898 yards and 4 TDs, with 30 receptions for 193 yards. Barkley had 14 starts last season compared to Singletary’s 10.

In the 2024 NFL Draft, the Giants made a significant move by selecting wide receiver Malik Nabers, a 2023 unanimous All-American. This pick is expected to address the team’s previous lack of playmakers and could potentially fill the long-time void left by Odell Beckham Jr. as the team’s primary wide receiver.

Other key selections, such as safety Tyler Nubin, who is instinctive and athletic, and cornerback Dru Phillips, could make an early impact in the secondary.

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