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The New York Giants selected a running back with their second overall pick in the 2018 draft. Saquon Barkley will most likely be a great player, however the debate that was ongoing for weeks and months was whether or not a running back was even worth taking that high. General Manager Dave Gettleman was adamant in his selection, and truly believes that Barkley is the best prospect in the draft. This pick reveals that the Giants are clearly in favor of Eli for at least the next two years, if not more. You simply don’t pass on four quarterbacks in the top ten if you don’t have 100 percent confidence in yours for the foreseeable future. The Giants see Eli as their guy for the foreseeable future. So a team that went 3-13 last season, sees that as an outlier and believes they are super bowl contenders in 2018.

The Giants have not been very good ever since their last super bowl back in 2012. They did make the playoffs in 2016 after going 11-5, but they got dismantled by the Green Bay Packers and were one and done. They also had a very favorable schedule that year. The biggest culprit throughout the Giants’ recent struggles has been their offensive line. Ereck Flowers has been a disaster and perhaps the biggest stain on former GM Jerry Reese’s legacy. Justin Pugh was good, when healthy. Weston Richburg was good, when healthy. The right side of the line has been a revolving door of plug and play guys who were not good enough to solidify themselves as a starter in the NFL.

Gettleman opened up the check book this past March and handed left tackle Nate Solder the largest free agent contract to a tackle in NFL history (4-year, $62 million). The Giants are hoping, better yet, praying that they finally will have a consistent and productive blind side tackle to help protect Eli. The Giants also signed guard Patrick Omameh this past offseason to play guard (likely left guard). Center Ben Jones was one of the few bright spots in last year’s disaster of a season when he filled in for former Giant Weston Richburg, so he appears to be the starting center. The right side of the line is still a question mark as of two hours before rounds two and three of the draft. The Giants could potentially draft a lineman (Will Hernandez, Connor Williams, James Daniels, Orlando Brown, etc.) to be a potential day one starter.

On paper the Giants o-line appears to be in better standing than previous seasons. Ereck Flowers could still be the right tackle, but his no show to voluntary mini camp all but signals the end for him as a member of Big Blue. The running game will obviously be a focal point for the Giants next season following the addition of Barkley. And Eli Manning must prove his employers correct in their assessment that he still has quality years left in the tank, and that is only possible if the line can protect the immobile QB. The offensive line will dictate whether or not the Giants can actually put points up on the board this upcoming season, and Gettleman and company are hoping that the new additions will click and be the sturdy line the Giants have been chasing for years.

The Giants made a surprising move when they dealt defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move helped free up some money for the future, but also created a hole on defense that already existed, a pass rush. Olivier Vernon battled injuries the entire 2017 season, so his production was hindered. After the hiring of defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Giants are expected to transition into a 3-4 defense, as opposed to their traditional 4-3 we have seen in years past. The Giants brought in former Arizona Cardinal, and James Bettcher guy Kareem Martin to play outside linebacker in the new scheme. His skill set revolves around rushing the passer, so the Giants hope that translates to on-field results. They desperately need to find more pass rushers and are expected to draft at least one in the middle or late rounds of the draft. If the new scheme works as the Giants envision, and Vernon is back fully healthy along with some fresh new faces, the pass rush could make a return which would be critical to the success of the 2018 Giants.

Well no duh. Obviously if the Giants want to be successful, the biggest piece to that puzzle will be the guy whom they have faith has many years left in him, Eli Manning. So let me do a list, within my list on how Eli Manning could be successful in 2018…

• Uses Barkley’s running attack to his advantage: Eli has not had a real great running game in nearly a decade, maybe even more. There has not been a threat at running back for the Giants that other teams feared since Tiki Barber. Saquon is supposed to be that guy and if he is, Eli can actually use play action to bait the defense and find open receivers (Odell, Shepard, Engram).

• Limits Turnover: This has been Eli’s biggest bugaboo throughout his career. He is prone to the interception and must limit those if he wants to prove his doubters wrong. He has not thrown over 20 picks since 2013 when he lead the league with 27. He will have to throw even less than 15 if he wants to make it back to the playoffs next year. The (hopefully) improved offensive line and the addition of Saquon Barkley will provide Eli with all the help he needs, so there can’t be any excuses.

• He Utilizes His Offensive Weapons: The Giants went 3-13 least year. They did not score a lot, in fact they haven’t put up over 30 points in a game in nearly three years (that’s not good at all). But they probably are not 3-13 bad if you look at their roster. The Giants have legitimate firepower at the skill positions on offense. Of course everybody knows about Odell (he’s not getting traded). But Sterling Shepard is a very good slot receiver along with freak athlete Evan Engram at tight end. Now add in Saquon Barkley who can run and catch out of the backfield and Eli will have more than enough weapons around him to make it work. Who knows, maybe even a Dez Bryant could be thrown into that offense.

The Giants decided not to rebuild. They believe that they are not among the worst teams in the league and that last year was simply an outlier. The moves that they have made this offseason have all been made in an effort to support Eli for this year and next. Eli has no excuses, he has to be great. The goal in the Meadowlands is to win a championship and that will be a very difficult task in the loaded NFC conference. A lot has to break right for the G-Men. I pointed out what I believe to be are the three biggest, but there are even more x-factors that have to break the Giants way. 2018 will be a very interesting season, did the front office make the right call on Eli? Are the Giants still contenders? Or was 2017 a preview of what is to come? Only time (and a 37-year old Eli Manning) will tell.