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Pilgrim’s Point: Daniel Jones Prove it

BY Jeff Pilgrim @PilgrimsPoint

Finally.  In the two years I’ve been covering NYG for The Rush, the fanbase is finally united and optimistic.    

All offseason, We have talked about the lack of a big target for Daniel Jones.  So what did Giants brass do about it?  They signed the most coveted wide receiver on the market. The Giants have signed Kenny Golladay to a 4-year, $72mm contract.  He stands 6’4, 215 lbs.  Golladay led the league in receiving touchdowns during his pro bowl season of 2019.  He’s the physical, sure-handed target the Giants desperately needed.  This move has drawn many comparisons to the Giant’s acquisition of Plaxico Buress.  Let’s hope it has a similar outcome (the super bowl, not the gunshot).   Kudos to Gettleman and Judge for getting it done. 

 What this means for Daniel Jones and the Giants

The addition of Kenny Golladay changes the entire outlook of this Giants offense.  He is a bonafide WR1 and red zone threat that defenses cannot ignore.  Saquon Barkley is returning this season, expected to be healthy after the ACL injury.  Slayton and Ross will help stretch the field. Shepard will have more room to control the middle of the field.  The Giants added another nice piece in TE Kyle Rudolph as another big red-zone target. 

Most importantly, Daniel Jones will be at the helm for his third season and more importantly a distinct “prove it” year. Up to this point, everyone has defended Daniel Jones for poor play, turnovers and a terrible win-loss record. This season, the rubber hits the road and we find out what he’s really made of.  If he suffers and the Giants have another 5-6 win season, it’s possible Jones and Gettleman hit the road together. 

This would force the Giants further down the rebuilding effort with more painful years ahead of us.  However, if they succeed, it completely changes the direction of the franchise.  QB is the most important position in all sports.  Daniel Jones has a chance to reverse the insecurities that have plagued this team in recent years.  The teams that regularly make the playoffs are secure at the QB position.

Impact:

If the addition of Golladay can have a similar impact that Diggs had for Josh Allen, then you can expect Daniel Jones to have a lot of success this year.  Allen was in a very similar spot going into his 3rd season; showed a lot of promise but couldn’t get over the hump.  Diggs changed everything for him. 

The Point:

The Giants are making the right moves.  The addition of Golladay was exactly what this offense needed.  Even the Gettleman-haters had to take a day off.  The Giants were willing to spend big in order to secure a major need.  This move opens up their options at pick #11 in the Draft to take the best player available.  They may very well take another pass catcher, but they no longer have to. 

Jason Garrett and Daniel Jones are ready to turn the page.  The focus should now be on securing the offensive line.  Without solid play there, the offense won’t take the big leap it needs to. Daniel Jones has already spoken with Golladay and the two are ready to start something special in NY.  The fans are ready to support a winning team again, and the Giants are making big strides to get there

And that’s the point.
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