Despite adding several key players in the offseason including stud running back Saquon Barkley, the New York Giants still rank in the bottom half of the new NFL.com power rankings.
After an abysmal season in which the franchise set an all-time mark for losses, major changes were needed.
One of the first upgrades Gettleman made was trading for linebacker Alec Ogletree who has the speed and athleticism to make plays all across the field. Last season with the Rams he led the team in tackles with 95 and he gives the Giants a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker they haven’t had since Antonio Pierce.
But the best additions Gettleman made this offseason was upgrading the Giants biggest weakness, their offensive line. Those who’ve bolstered the big heavies are left tackle Nate Solder and guard Patrick Omameh.
Then in the draft, Gettleman struck gold with his first three selections in running back Saquon Barkley, guard Will Hernandez and linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who are all projected to be Week 1 starters.
Yet despite all of these upgrades, the Giants are currently ranked w5th in NFL.com power rankings.
Although they moved up four spots post-draft, the fact that they’re 25th and still ranked last in the NFC East is a bit surprising since many media outlets awarded the Giants an A draft grade.
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A case can be made that no team upgraded their roster more than the Giants in the offseason. Good thing for the Giants is wins and losses are not based on power rankings; they’re played on the field.
The New York Giants first step towards resurrecting the franchise and proving the experts wrong will begin in July when the team reports to training camp.