The New York Giants underwent some major changes following a disappointing 4-13 season, bringing in head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen to replace Joe Judge and Dave Gettleman.
Schoen knows that there is a ton of work to be done with the current state of the Giants’ roster, and he’s now offered some clarity on how he plans to build this team going forward.
“Ultimately I’d like to build through the draft and then reward our own with new contracts,” Schoen said in a press conference at the Indianapolis combine (via Zack Rosenblatt at NJ.com). “Free agency. it’s an unknown commodity when you’re signing somebody from outside the building and you don’t know their injury history. You can’t necessarily do all the research you need to do.”
This seems like the perfect strategy for the team going forward given the number of assets they have in the draft this year. The Giants hold both the fifth- and seventh-overall picks in this upcoming draft, and hold the rest of their own picks throughout the draft.
The team will certainly need to get as much talent they can to put around quarterback Daniel Jones. This will notably be Jones’ fourth season with the team, and they will need to make a decision on whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option next offseason.
The team has already said that Jones will be their guy next season, but it is certainly plausible that they could be moving on from the young quarterback if he doesn’t really impress them going forward. But we’ll see what pieces they put around him here.
[NJ.com; photo from Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports]