After a newsworthy offseason, the 2019 New York Giants season is sure to be interesting, if nothing else.
The biggest move was drafting the successor to Eli Manning with the sixth-overall pick of the NFL Draft. General Manager Dave Gettleson took Daniel Jones out of Duke, which just about unanimously surprised observers, considering that the Giants also owned the No. 17 pick. New York went with defense for their other two first-round selections, taking Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker.
Jones may not see the field this season, as Giants fans hope that Eli Manning has one more season of magic left while tutoring his replacement.
A month prior to the draft, the Giants made major headlines again with the trade of superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. The All-Pro was shipped to the Cleveland Browns for a series of draft picks – one of which was used to draft Lawrence. In free agency, the Giants signed veteran wideout Golden Tate to try and lessen the impact of OBJ’s departure. New No. 1 wide receiver Sterling Shepard also signed a contract extension.
One stable part of the Giants team is at the running back position. Saquon Barkley is entering his second season after winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2018, when he compiled over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.
MetLife Stadium is entering its tenth season as home of the G-Men. The stadium boasts over 10,000 club seats and its 200-plus suites are located on four separate levels of the stadium, including some located right behind the teams’ benches.
Big Blue’s NFC East rivalry games are always the highlights of the season – home and away contests with Dallas, Philadelphia, and Washington. Besides those games, five other teams will visit East Rutherford, New Jersey for a date with the Giants: Buffalo, Minnesota, Arizona, Green Bay, and Miami. The Giants’ five non-division road games will be held at: Tampa Bay, New England (Thursday night game), Detroit, crosstown rival New York Jets, and Chicago.