Following their 10th consecutive season without a playoff win, it’s time the New York Giants swung for the fences. The G-Men have been the second-worst team in football over the past five seasons, going 22-59 in that span, which means they’ve won just 27% of their games.
Three years after Daniel Jones was selected sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, he’s done little to show he’s capable of being a franchise quarterback. This of course comes after they shoved Eli Manning out the door, trying to pin their issues on one of their all-time greats.
- Daniel Jones stats (career): 62.8%, 221 YPG, 45 TD, 29 INT, 36 fumbles (20 lost), 12-25 W-L, 26.3 rushing yards per game, 5 rush TD
Jones is under contract through 2022, but team management will have a big decision to make this offseason, regarding his fifth-year option for 2023. At this point, it seems very unlikely that Big Blue would pick up an option expecting to be north of $9 million for a player who may end up settling in as a career backup.
This all depends on who the Giants bring in to be their next head coach after the team hired Joe Schoen away from the Buffalo Bills to be their next general manager. Below, we look at four New York Giants quarterback options for the 2022 season.
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G-Men turn to Ole Miss pipeline for QB again, draft Matt Corral
There are great ties forever linking Ole Miss to the G-Men, thanks to Eli Manning’s illustrious career. Could the Giants dip another toe into the state of Mississippi talent pool? Their current quarterback Matt Corral is among the most qualified quarterback prospects in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft class, but how would he fit with the current Giants squad?
Giants fans have grown accustomed to watching Danny Dimes run into the teeth of the defense. Corral also has athleticism, but not to the same extent as Jones. Still, Corral is a frequent zone-read operator, so that aspect wouldn’t necessarily go away, but he’s also not nearly as quick as Jones.
From a passing perspective, Corral doesn’t look like your prototypical quarterback with size. Corral is listed at 6-foot-1 and also comes up a bit short in the arm strength category. If these defining properties don’t sound eye-popping, it’s because they aren’t. There is no consensus top quarterback for April’s draft just yet.
Still, if the Giants want to hit the reset button next year, with a new quarterback to develop, Corral may be one of the most pro-ready of the bunch. He’s a bright young kid who displays a high level of football IQ and finds great success taking what the defense gives him. But ultimately, there are better, more capable options out there.
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Giants head to Vegas dealer for new Carr
There have been several times during not only the 2021 season but throughout Derek Carr‘s career where he has displayed the traits to be an elite, high-profile quarterback. At the same time, he’s led the Raiders to the playoffs just twice in his eight-year NFL career. The problem is, that was back in 2016 and he was too hurt to play. Carr had never made a postseason appearance prior to dropping a bomb against the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round.
On the other hand, Carr has earned three Pro Bowl nods since he was selected in the second round back in 2014. For comparison, Eli Manning was named a Pro Bowl quarterback four times across his 16-year career. It’s also important to note, Carr’s last Pro Bowl nod came back in 2017.
His older brother, David, spent two seasons backing up Manning with the Giants from 2008-09. Maybe Carr could be the next quarterback to lead them back to the playoffs? It would be a monumental feat for everyone involved.
- New York Giants trade: 2022 second-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick, 2022 sixth-round pick
- Las Vegas Raiders trade: Derek Carr
New York Giants sign Mitchell Trubisky
Is Mitchell Trubisky a starter-caliber quarterback in the NFL? That’s certainly up forr debate after he spent this past season as Josh Allen’s backup quarterback with the Buffalo Bills.
What we do know is that new Giants general manager Joe Schoen has a built-in relationship with Trubisky dating back to their season together in Western New York. These types of relationships matter in the current NFL climate. It’s also not that Trubisky was terrible during his four years with the Chicago Bears after they made him a top-two pick back in 2017.
- Mitchell Trubisky stats (career): 29-21 record, 64.1% completion, 10,652 yards, 73 TD, 38 INT, 87.0 rating
Those are certainly better numbers than what we have seen from Jones during his three years with the Giants. At the very least, Trubisky could challenge Danny Dimes for the starting job during training camp and the preseason. He’d also come on the cheap.
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Russell Wilson lands in the Big Apple
Russell Wilson has played his entire 10-year career playing in the damp climate of Seattle, so playing at the Meadowlands shouldn’t be too different from a weather standpoint. He’s used to playing outdoors, whether it’s wet, windy, or whatever else can be thrown his way.
Wilson usually overcomes his struggles, but sometimes change is for the better. Maybe that’s exactly how he feels about his situation in Seattle.
It’s been rumored that Wilson has eyed other destinations around the league in the past, and it’s believed the New York Giants would be high on his wishlist. Or possibly high on his wife, R&B star Ciara’s, list of ideal landing spots.
After all, Russ won his one and only Super Bowl, playing at MetLife Stadium and he’s even spent spring training with the New York Yankees. The point is, Wilson loves the spotlight in New York and the city would embrace him with open arms. Who wouldn’t want a proven winner?
- New York Giants trade: 2022 first-round pick, 2022 first-round pick (via Chicago), 2023 second-round pick, Xavier McKinney, Adoree’ Jackson
- Seattle Seahawks trade: Russell Wilson