The New York Giants seem to be a team that is in transition. They recently traded their best player in Odell Beckham to the Browns, in a move that screams of an organization that is rebuilding. Outside the locker room, there is not much optimism around the Giants, and at this point, the 37-year-old Eli Manning is expected to be the starter at quarterback in 2019, which does not give Giants fans much hope.
However, the Giants do have the number six pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and they do have a stud at RB in 2018 NFL Rookie of the Year, Saquon Barkley, who believes that the Giants could be an excellent team in 2019.
“In my opinion, we have a great team, a great quarterback, great offensive line, great running back and great wide receivers, so on and so on,” Barkley told the assembled media on Thursday. “We figured it out somewhat in the second half last year. We have that mindset and that belief about team, toughness and together. We could have a great season this year.”
To Barkley’s point, the Giants did play better near the end of last season after starting 1-7. The team was 4-4 in their last eight games. Maybe the subtraction of Beckham could be an addition by subtraction. Talent is essential in football, but so is chemistry, and perhaps the Giants will have better chemistry in 2019.
On paper, it does not look good for the Giants, but fortunately for New York, football is not played on paper.