It’s a new era of football for the New York Giants as the franchise has moved on from Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge. Now, it’s Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll who will get a chance to rebuild this roster heading into the 2022 season.
Let’s take an EmpireStakes.com look at how New York sportsbooks feel about how much work the Giants need to do and how does their roster compare to the rest of the league.
Figuring out how this roster will perform on the field will keep people involved in NFL betting in New York busy heading into the season.
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ESPN used numbers from Pro Football Focus to rank all 32 rosters heading into the 2022 season. Not surprisingly, the Giants came in near the bottom of the pack at No. 26. Writer Ben Linsey listed the secondary as their biggest weakness as Adoree Jackson is their only proven secondary player. Here is a snippet of Linsey’s thoughts on the defensive backs heading into the year:
“New York's once-deep secondary has thinned considerably over the past year,” Linsey wrote on ESPN. “Two important veteran starters from last year's group are gone in James Bradberry and Logan Ryan. Safety Jabrill Peppers also is elsewhere. That probably will push second-year cornerback Aaron Robinson to the outside as the favorite to replace Bradberry.”
WHAT DO ODDSMAKERS SAY
You won't find any odds on New York sportsbook apps that will rank the Giants all that favorably.
FanDuel New York, the state’s top oddsmaker in handle, has the Giants tied for 25th at the moment. Here is a look at their odds to win the Super Bowl, along with the top 10 contenders.
As far as the state of New York goes, FanDuel has established the Buffalo Bills at the betting favorite at +650. The New York Jets are lower than the Giants at +8000.
Meanwhile, DraftKings New York has the Giants also tied for 25th but at +1300.
FanDuel NY has the Giants’ over-under win total at 7.5 and DraftKings NY has it lower at 7.
PROBLEMS DEEPER THAN SECONDARY
The secondary is obviously a big concern for the Giants heading into the season, but it isn’t their only weakness. Linebacker was a major problem last year, even before Blake Martinez went down with an injury. The Giants are relying on Tae Crowder, along with rookies Darian Beavers and Micah McFadden, to get better at that spot.
The offensive line is also a significant question mark, but the Giants have done a lot of work to improve that unit going into the year. They used the No. 7 pick on Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, who is expected to start at right tackle. They also signed Mark Glowinski (Colts) to play right guard. He should be a big upgrade over what they had last season. Still, it’s a young offensive line that hasn’t proven a ton and the interior offensive line for the Giants is among the worst in the NFL.
BIGGEST WEAKNESS/BIGGEST PLUS
Let’s face it: The real reason the Giants come in at No. 26 is due to their passing offense. Daniel Jones is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the team and hasn't improved much, if at all, since his first season. The coaching staff is hopeful they can get more out of him this year, but he has a career yards per attempt average of 6.6, which is well below league average. Unless Jones can make giant leaps forward in 2022, this figures to be his last year with the team.
REASON FOR OPTIMISM
The Giants have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, so the future is bright, assuming some of their recent draft picks can hit. But regarding how they stack up compared to the rest of the NFL this season, No. 26 feels about right. However, don't be surprised if the Giants improve dramatically.