When we looked at where the Washington Commanders stood in terms of offensive lines in the NFC East, I had them in second place, trailing only the Philadelphia Eagles. Dallas, with the recent loss of Tyron Smith, was third, and the Giants, though improved at tackle, maintained their secure lock on last place.
Today, we look at the tight ends and wide receiving corps in the NFC East. (SPOILER ALERT: the rankings are the exact as same as for the offensive lines.)
Commanders NFC East Rankings: Receivers and tight ends
4. New York Giants
I have read some optimistic assessments of the Giants 2022 receivers. There is certainly talent on the roster. But boy are there a lot of ifs. Kind of like me feeling good about my chances to win Powerball, if I can just get that Powerball number to hit.
I like Wan’Dale Robinson, and the fact that he has supplanted the Giants’ reliable slot receiver Sterling Shepard is probably a good sign. But he’s still a rookie, and you can’t be sure what he will give you, or how quickly he will give it to you.
On the other hand, projected outside receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney are simply bad bets. Both have talent galore. But both have been remarkably unreliable. I would not feel good if I were counting on them to carry my passing attack. Behind them, Shepard is still around, and the mysterious Darius Slayton is still occupying a roster spot. He looked so good for a brief time two years ago. Now he has fallen off the table. Losing the mammoth Collin Johnson to an Achilles hurts an already thin and suspect group.
And at a position where the likes of Mark Bavaro and Jeremy Shockey was roamed, the Giants now have the least distinguished group of tight ends in the league. Rookie Daniel Bellinger and vet Tanner Hudson (five catches in four pro seasons) will be primarily used as blockers. They hope Bellinger shows more than that – they cut some veteran journeymen like former Washington fill-in Ricky Seals Jones – but as of now, the tight end situation has some Giant fans longing for the days of the woefully inconsistent Evan Engram.
The Giants really need to hit that Powerball.