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Well, if you’re a football fan, you don’t have to be told that the New York Giants are awful. The team has taken a nose dive since it’s 11-5 season in 2016. Recently, after finishing 3-13 and revamping the front office and coaching staff by bringing in Dave Gettleman in place of ex-GM Jerry Reese, and new head coach Pat Shurmur in place of Ben McAdoo, the Giants are sitting at an astounding league worst 1-7. Fans are torn between blaming the beloved quarterback that has brought 2 Lombardi trophies back to the Meadowlands (as well as 2 Super Bowl MVP’s), Eli Manning who, quite frankly aged way too fast and just isn’t doing the job any more, or blaming the turnstiles that are supposed to be protecting the quickly aging, not so fleet-footed, Eli. In his defense, the o-line play has been HORRENDOUS for the past 3 years. But Eli’s play when he is getting time isn’t anywhere close to being salvageable, partly due to a new found love for falling before getting hit and the check down. In any event, Eli Manning is at the end of his career and it’s time to look in the direction of another option at quarterback. Sadly, the Giants probably won’t be able to take a look at their current rookie QB Kyle Lauletta, due to his arrest for traffic violations and nearly striking a Weehawken, NJ police officer with his car on his way to the Giants practice facility early Tuesday morning.
With that said, be it through the draft or through free agency, it’s time to get someone new behind center. Many fans are calling for the likes of Oregon QB Justin Herbert, who currently is 8 games into his junior campaign, has thrown for 2069 yards, 20 TDs, and 6 INTs on a 59.6 completion percentage. Not to mention, he has also rushed for 146 yards and 2 TDs on 51 attempts. Undoubtedly, Herbert has good numbers. Unfortunately, the word coming out of Oregon is that Herbert will stick around another year, with his younger brother coming into Oregon in this years recruiting class, remember though, Sam Darnold also said he was thinking about sticking around at USC at this time last year. You never really know with these kids.
There are other options in the draft if they decide to go the QB route, though. Drew Lock, who, fittingly passed Eli Manning for 8th all-time in passing leaders in the SEC this year is another viable choice. Lock’s junior season in 2017 was unbelievable as he lead the country with 44 passing TDs and a bolstering 3964 passing yards, on a 57.8 completion percentage. This season, however, surrounded by true freshman WRs with a case of the drops, Lock shows a 60.4 completion percentage, 16 TDs and 6 INTs through 8 games. The one thing Lock brings to the table that other NCAA QB’s haven’t shown as consistently as Lock, is his ability to fit a football into any window he seemingly wants to.
Another sleeper option at QB through the draft is Purdue’s David Blough, who has been impressive in his senior campaign throwing for 2350 yards, 13 TDs and 5 INTs. The most impressive thing about Blough this year, was of course his performance in the take down of number 2 ranked, Ohio State. Blough could be an interesting choice, although he’s been really good and consistent through his years at Purdue he’s not viewed as a “big name.” This would open the opportunity for a selection of a guy like Ohio State’s Nick Bosa or Houston University’s Ed Oliver to fill a need on the defensive side of the ball, then pick up Blough in the second round. Of course, they could go through free agency for a “Bridge QB” that would fill a void until they think they can get the right QB through the draft.
The first name that comes to everyone’s mind when thinking of this years NFL free-agent QB’s is Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is currently the back up to Drew Brees in New Orleans, after being traded by the New York Jets. Teddy hasn’t started an NFL game since his horrific knee injury in 2015 that sidelined him for the entire 2016 and 2017 season. But, in 2015, Teddy had an impressive season, leading the Vikings to an 11-5 record, and throwing for 3231 yards, 14 TD, and 9 INTs on a 65.3 completion percentage, while also posting 192 yards rushing and 4 rushing TDs.
Regardless of who the Giants decide will be the QB of the future, the QB that lines up under center won’t really have to be *that* good (I know it sounds crazy) to turn the Giants around. The young QB will be surrounded by superstar talent that really, no QB has ever inherited before. With the likes of OBJ, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and of course the unbelievably talented Saquon Barkley, it will be hard to not at least look like a good QB (as long as the new guy is able to create time and escape pressure.) Any QB that is able to get outside the pocket and create his own time to throw the ball will more likely than not, succeed with Big Blue. There are many possibilities on the table, but ultimately it is up to Dave Gettleman and his front office to get the right signal caller behind the (hopefully) better 2019 offensive line.