5 reasons Giants can win with Daniel Jones in 2020

Daniel Jones, New York Giants. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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1. More to work with

Last year, the offensive line did show improvement from 2018, though Pro Football Focus still ranked this unit 17th in the NFL, and Football Outsiders gave them a run blocking grade of 25 and a pass protection grade of 17.

They scored 341 points, which was tied for 18th in the league, and they were 23rd in total yards. In total, the Giants finished with 44 touchdowns and had a red zone scoring percentage of 57.1 percent. They were a middling team on offense.

Some of this had to do with an inexperienced quarterback in Jones. More importantly, the burden fell on the poor line play and injuries keeping key skill position players on the sideline.

In the draft, Dave Gettleman added Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart and Shane Lemieux to strengthen the line. Dion Lewis was signed in free agency, and the hopes are that 2020 can provide a clean bill of health for Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.

Barkley missed three games in 2019, while Shepard suited up for just 10, and Engram played in eight. Golden Tate was also limited to 11. Those are extremely important players to the team’s offense.

Jones can take a massive step if those players are healthy and ready to go for 2020. Fellow rookie Darius Slayton had a surprisingly great rookie year, and he will be a crucial part of this offense going forward as well.

It is a really simple concept: With more time and better protection, as well as capable playmakers around him, Jones should be better in 2020.

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With a new system and the supporting cast to make it work, this upcoming season will be the most intriguing campaign the Giants have had in quite a long time. And, more importantly, Jones will be the direct beneficiary.