ESPN lists Giants 25th in future power rankings

It’s that time of year again where Jeremy Fowler, Louis Riddick, Seth Walder and Field Yates of ESPN break down each team’s quarterback situation, remaining roster, drafting ability, front office and coaching staff to determine their future power rankings.

A year ago, the New York Giants checked in at No. 29 overall and were considered in a “very bad” state. This year? Well, things didn’t improve as much as you might have expected. ESPN has the Giants ranked 25th overall and in an “average” state.

25. New York Giants
Overall score: 71.2

Why they’re here: The Giants proved in 2020 that they will not be pushed over. Coach Joe Judge immediately instilled a culture emblematic of his own tough, all-business approach to football. The floor for this franchise will be set by that, as the Giants should play quality defense and be disciplined in most areas. But the ceiling is set by Daniel Jones. Few players face the kind of pressure he does entering 2021, as a quantum leap from Jones would not only result in this franchise taking a huge step but also would turn questions next offseason from “Should the Giants find another quarterback?” to “How expensive will an extension for Jones be?” — Yates

Biggest worry: It would be easy to point to Jones and Saquon Barkley as the things that concern me, but I think those two will play winning football. Instead, it is the offensive line that concerns me, as this unit has been miserable, particularly in pass protection. Without substantial improvements, this offense is not going to meet expectations. — Riddick

The softer tone on Daniel Jones is a nice change-of-pace, but when it comes to the offensive line… There’s no sense in beating that dead horse any further. It’s a legitimate concern even if the Giants don’t want you to believe it is.

Meanwhile, the ESPN crew left the door open for a few players to finally break out.

What could change for the better: New York is getting the best out of highly regarded young talent — particularly on defense, with Leonard Williams and Jabrill Peppers having standout years last season. The offensive pieces could catch up soon, with the pressure on Jones to thrive and Evan Engram likely to see less defensive attention since the Giants are deeper at the skill positions. Also, expect a Year 2 jump from offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. — Fowler

If Evan Engram can find some consistency while facing easier matchups and Andrew Thomas can become a rock at left tackle, that will go a long way for Jones, the offense and the Giants. Still, the rest of that O-line needs to step up and play better.

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