It is hard to imagine the New York Giants finding much success in the second half of the 2023 NFL season. They are currently 2-7 and without their starting quarterback, Daniel Jones and his backup, Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor suffered what could be a season-ending injury to his ribs in Week 8 against the New York Jets. In Week 9, Daniel Jones was cleared to return from his neck injury to face off against the Las Vegas Raiders. His return didn’t last long as he tore the ACL in his right knee.
In both instances, the Giants turned to undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito to take over the offense. DeVito is going to be their starter for the time being, with veteran Matt Barkley signed to be his backup.
Neither of those players is likely the long-term answer for the Giants under center. Heading into Year 3 of the Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll era, it is hard to imagine them putting their jobs potentially on the line waiting for Jones to get healthy.
Jones underperformed in his six appearances this season, as the only touchdowns he threw came in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals. He didn’t have much help around him, but the offense did look more competent with Taylor under center, which is a major red flag for the future of the franchise.
What could Big Blue look to do at the most important position in the sport? Schoen may have recently given a big hint at the future plans. According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, he was at the big-time college matchup between USC and Washington last weekend.
Coincidentally, both teams are led by two of the top quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft class; Caleb Williams for the Trojans and Michael Penix Jr. for the Huskies. Trending toward having a pick in the draft, both players could be in play for the Giants.
Schoen being at such a game should be taken into consideration that both players are someone New York wants to target. He was present at the Alabama/Tennessee game last year when Jalin Hyatt scored five touchdowns and the team traded up to pick him in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
There is a lot that can happen between now and the 2024 NFL Draft. But, more than likely, if the Giants are in a position to select one of the top signal callers in the draft class, they will have to pull the trigger.