During the 2017 NFL season, the New York Giants or widely considered to be one of the more disappointing teams in the league. Many people expected that the Giants would continue to grow and develop and would ultimately compete for a playoff spot. However, the team ended up struggling with injuries all year long and was never able to get cohesion on either side of the field, reports NFL.com.
The offense for the Giants continue to underperform expectations throughout the year. During the season, they ended up losing both Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. for extended periods of time. This took away the top two weapons for quarterback Eli Manning, who ended up having one of the worst seasons of his career. Towards the end of the year, he was even benched for the first time in his long and successful career.
Now that the Giants are in the offseason, they are continuing to look for ways to improve their team. One of the big focuses for the team will be what to do with Odell Beckham Jr. While he has been one of the best receivers in the NFL for the past few years, he has also had some off the field issues that are troubling. Furthermore, both sides have made statements that it may be time to figure out a new long-term plan for his career. At this point, the Giants may be considering trading him, but also seem to be asking for too much (http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23445053/john-mara-new-york-giants-hopeful-odell-beckham-remain-team-long-term). At this point, it remains to be seen whether he will be traded or if the Giants will try to secure him to a long-term deal.
Now may end up being a good time for the Giants to look to move on from Beckham. They are clearly aimed at rebuilding for the future and could have solidified their offense for years to come after the draft this offseason. During the draft, the Giants were able to select running back Saquon Barkley with the number two overall pick. This selection was a very bold moves for the Giants and should help them open up the field a lot. Barkley, who played at Penn State in college, showed that he is one of the most athletic players in the country and could be a major impact player his first day on the field. This will help to open up the passing game for Manning and the rest of the offense.