The New York Giants are likely looking for a quarterback, especially after not choosing the fifth-year option over incumbent Daniel Jones. Jones has struggled since being selected sixth overall in the 2019 draft and it’s no surprise the Giants are looking elsewhere.
However, Giants insider Pat Leonard thinks Jimmy Garoppolo, the best quarterback available at this point, would cost too much. He revealed his thoughts on Sportskeeda’s Inside the Huddle podcast:
“I mean, it should be very cheap both in terms of money and cost of acquisition. And I’m pretty sure Jimmy G comes with money on his contract at the moment. .Like I think that would be too rich for them and they wouldn’t have enough to get off their roster that San Francisco would want.”
Leonard went on to say that recent surgery for Garoppolo is likely to further distract the team from him:
“Combined with those coming from shoulder surgery. And the Giants right now are basically like leaning away from any kind of injury issues. I mean half their roster was on the sidelines in red jerseys throughout the spring. So these two combinations, while your thought is good to improve the QB position.”
For Leonard, the Giants improving the quarterback position for one season does not make sense:
“I don’t think a lot of those factors line up for them in the short term. And importantly, you could also make the argument, the devil’s advocate against that would be, well, why would you try to put at level a quarterback from the rest of your roster thinking you’ll always be back?”
Daniel Jones may not have made it so far, but he’s at least a lot cheaper than Jimmy Garoppolo and his nearly $27 million cap. The real question is whether NY is looking to win this season or continue to build for the future.
They have more than one starter who needs a big year to prove his worth to the franchise. Along with quarterback Jones, who may or may not get the chance, running back Saquon Barkley also has to play.
Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley face uncertain future with Giants
It’s likely that Jones isn’t substituted yet as many teams are considering Garoppolo as well. This means he has one last chance to prove himself to the franchise. He’s 12-25 as a starter and threw for 8,398 yards and 45 touchdowns to 29 interceptions. He averages 221 passing yards per game. He added 1,000 yards and five rushing touchdowns. These stats could obviously be better, but they could also be much worse.
Jones will be looking to do a lot more in 2022, as will teammate Saquon Barkley. Barkley was drafted second overall in the 2018 draft and looked the real deal in his rookie campaign. He rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns, adding four more touchdowns through the air.
In 2019, he rushed for 1,003 yards, six touchdowns and two more receiving touchdowns. Unfortunately, keeping the running back healthy has been a real problem ever since. He tore his ACL in 2020 and therefore only appeared in two games that season.
He returned last campaign but received fewer hits and looked less effective than in previous years. He started 13 games and rushed for 593 yards, two touchdowns, and caught two receiving touchdowns. Many are predicting that he will have a bounce-back year in 2022 and needs one to prove he still has it.
It will be interesting to see how the Giants get along when the season kicks off in less than two months.
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