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Hot Takes, Predictions for Giants Rookies After 2024 NFL Draft

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Tight end Theo Johnson didn’t have a ton of production at Penn State, finishing with 938 receiving yards over four seasons. However, he has optimal size (6’6″, 259 lbs) and the elite athletic traits needed to be far more productive as a pro.

It may take some time for Johnson to reach his full potential, but he can become a legitimate difference-maker in Daboll’s offense. With Darren Waller still mulling retirement, Johnson could immediately vie for the starting role.

Waller’s decision, though, remains up in the air.

“I haven’t [set a deadline], but I know at the end of the day, you know,
there’s going to be no considering in reevaluating past when people
report to camp, but I feel like I am getting an inch closer to a
decision,” Waller told Joey Chandler of NJ.com.

Whether Waller returns this season or not, Johnson should have a long-term place in the Giants’ plans. His blocking ability gives him a solid floor and should get him on the field early. His physical tools can make him a future star, if he can add some nuance to his route-running.

The Giants are betting that Johnson’s upside will outweigh his past production. Making that bet in the fourth round of a draft that didn’t feature a lot of Day 3 depth was one of the smartest calls of New York’s weekend.

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