The 2022 NFL offseason has been one for the record books. Fortunately for the Washington Commanders and all teams residing in the NFC, most of the earth-shattering moves have transpired in the other conference, with star quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan leaving for the AFC.
For the Washington Commanders, there’s a clearcut path to the playoffs. If Carson Wentz represents the upgrade over Taylor Heinicke everyone thinks he’ll be and the team avoids a catastrophically-long list of injuries, they should at the very least be in contention for a wild card spot.
What about winning the NFC East? The Cowboys are technically the class of the division, but they’ve taken a step back this offseason. The Eagles are on the rise, but Jalen Hurts is still quarterbacking the offense so their ceiling is limited. As for the Giants, well, let’s not put lipstick on a pig.
All jokes aside, Washington’s divisional rivals have been out to prove something this offseason. While their moves pale in comparison to the Broncos trading for Wilson or the Raiders adding Davante Adams and Chandler Jones, the NFC East appears to be on a path to becoming a respectable division again.
With that in mind, let’s highlight some transactions from the three other NFC East teams that struck a little fear into Washington.
3 moves from NFC East rivals that scared Commanders
3. Giants hiring new regime/Rebuilding OL
The Giants are a mess, but newly-minted GM Joe Schoen is already operating like a seasoned executive after serving as the Bills’ assistant general manager from 2017-21 and the Dolphins’ director of player personnel from 2014-16.
Schoen’s first order of business? Fix the Giants offensive line, which has been one of the worst in the NFL for multiple years running. Despite not having much of any cap space to work with thanks to Dave Gettleman, Schoen has done a solid job signing cost-effective, experienced lineman in free agency.
Thus far, the Giants have added guards Mark Glowinski and Jamil Douglas, center Jon Feliciano, who has the versatility to play guard, tackle Matt Gono and guard Max Garcia, who’s made starts at center and both guard positions.
These aren’t groundbreaking moves by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ll all play prominent roles on the 2022 Giants, who are positioned to add another cornerstone to their offensive line in the draft to go with left tackle Andrew Thomas given they hold the No. 5 and 7 overall picks.
The Giants obviously don’t scare anyone, but given they’ve already revamped their OL with potentially more reinforcements coming via the draft, it wouldn’t be shocking if we saw the best version of Daniel Jones to date in 2022.