Sports

Unexpected Seasons for the Jets and Giants

Giants Now in Position to Select a Quarterback

By: Anthony Russo

Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t expected back in August that by week 6 the New York Giants would have just one win, while the New York Jets would stand at 3-3.

In fact, Las Vegas released odds last August that gave the Jets  200-1 odds, and the Giants 22-1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

The Jets were given these chances due to their finish last season, a 5-11 record, and their offseason moves, in which they cut ties with most of their veteran players.

For the Giants, they signed former Jets top wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who played for Gang Green from 2015-2016.

The Giants, who entered week five at home against the San Diego Chargers at 0-4, lost not just Marshall to a season-ending injury, but arguably the NFL’s best receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., for the year as well, all in the same game.

Last season, when the Giants qualified for the playoffs, they had a strong defense, ranking 3rd against the run and 7th in points allowed in 2016.

Marshall was expected to be a key addition that would bolster a Giants passing attack that ranked only 17th in 2016.

Marshall finished his 2017 campaign with just 18 receptions for 154 yards in five games.

The Giants were expected to contend for the playoffs again and perhaps the Super Bowl, while the Jets were presumed to be historically bad.

According to NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL executive said in June that “the Jets might have the worst roster I’ve seen in a decade.”

Even with the Jets top wide receiver target, Quincy Enunwa, still healthy at the time, Enunwa suffered a season-ending neck injury just prior to the preseason, and from there, the Jets were expected to be even worse.

With the Enunwa injury, the Jets were left with Robbie Anderson, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016, and Jermaine Kearse, who they acquired from the Seattle Seahawks along with a 2nd round draft pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL draft.

The Jets had traded one of their top defensive linemen in Sheldon Richardson and appeared to be focused on the 2018 draft.

Once the season started, acquiring a top-five pick and drafting a quarterback seemed possible, as the Jets started out  0-2, losing to the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.

The Jets would then win 3 straight games, essentially taking themselves out of position to draft a top-five quarterback.

While the Jets find themselves in possible playoff contention, the Giants remain at the bottom of the pack with the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers.

Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, will turn 37 in January, and if the losing continues, the Giants will be able to acquire a top pick in the draft and choose their quarterback.

By most experts, the upcoming NFL draft class has strong depth at the quarterback position, a class which features Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

Though the Giants failures this season may not all lie on Manning’s shoulders, finding a franchise quarterback could be difficult.

Manning is 36, and maybe has a few years left, but he hasn’t given any indication on when he plans to retire.

If the Jets want to select a top quarterback in the draft, they may have to trade up, much like how they traded up in 2009 to select Mark Sanchez.

The more games the Jets win, the less of a chance they have at selecting a franchise quarterback- and the Giants will instead be the team in position to take one.

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