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Three Key Players to Watch for the New York Giants in 2020

The New York Giants enter 2020 coming off one ugly season in which they fired their head coach in Pat Shurmer, and one of their faces of the franchise in Eli Manning decided to call it a career and retired from the game as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Many that do NFL picks think that 2020 is going to be another long season for the Giants, as QB Daniel Jones clearly is now the leader of the offense, and on defense the team has tried to continue to add players and gives opportunities to young players who just haven’t stepped up.

They do have a superstar at the running back position in Saquon Barkley, but this is a team that really could use a couple more playmakers for Jones once they host the Steelers in their opening night game at MetLife Stadium on Monday, September 14th.

Today we will take a look at a couple key players for the Giants in 2020, players they hope will step up in a positive way and make a big impact for the franchise.

1. Darius Slayton Wide Receiver

Slayton was selected in the fifth round (171st overall) last season by the Giants, and he and QB Jones quickly seemed to develop a critical 1-2 punch that was sorely needed in the Giants lackluster offense.

He caught 48 passes for 740 yards and eight TD’s in 2019, and showed not only the ability to separate, but also to make catches when there was plenty of traffic to fight through.

It’s important for young players who play at the QB position to find someone they can trust – and when it comes to Jones it looks like he’s found that in Slayton.

2. Markus Golden Linebacker

You have to love the intensity that Golden brought to the game becoming a leader on the Giants defense in 2019, putting up 72 tackles and 10 sacks.

Add on to that the fact he had 18 tackles for loss and you can see why the G-Men are excited about his future.

The 29-year-old former second-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals is coming into his own, and you can bet this year he’s looking for bigger and better in what will be his second season in the Big Apple.

3. Evan Engram Tight End

The Giants did the right thing this offseason in picking up the fifth-year option on Engram, a player who last year was limited to eight games but still made 44 receptions.

To show the jump that Engram made, the season before he played in all 16 games and had just one more catch with 45, and needed just half the season in 2019 to get one less.

Engram is the perfect tight end for the Giants and every young QB loves to be able to have that safety valve of a player like that.

Look for Engram to have a monster 2020 and get better in time with Jones.

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