The New York Giants went on the road in Week 7 to face the Seattle Seahawks. It was the only game of the week that matched up two teams with winning records, as the Giants entered 6-1 and the Seahawks were 4-3. Could a trade with the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Jerry Jeudy be on the horizon to beef up the offense?
The Giants were given a little dose of reality, as they lost the game 27-13. All of the focus will be on the fumbles of Richie James, who coughed up the ball twice on punt returns. Those fumbles led directly to 10 points for Seattle and are the kind of mistakes this Giants team cannot afford to make as they can’t overcome them.
While those fumbles were backbreaking, the performance of the offense was just as startling. Seattle came into the game with arguably the worst defense in the NFL yet they performed reminiscent of the Legion of Boom days against this Giants offense.
The explosive Saquon Barkley was bottled up, gaining only 53 yards on 20 carries and catching three passes for nine yards. With Barkley neutralized, Seattle dared the Giants to throw the ball and they were unable to get anything going.
If the Giants are going to continue winning games throughout the season, they need to get this passing game on track. Getting Kenny Golladay back from injury after their Week 9 bye should help as they are trotting out overmatched practice squad players that are incapable of consistently winning one-on-one matchups.
The trade market could also provide the Giants with the kind of upgrade they need. One player to keep an eye on is Jerry Jeudy of the Denver Broncos. According to Jordan Raanan via Jordan Asri Football on Twitter, Big Blue is interested in the former first-round pick at the right price.
What could that right price be? The Giants could be victims of their own success here, as they traded 2021 first-round pick, Kadarius Toney, to the Kansas City Chiefs last week for a compensatory third-round pick and a sixth-round pick. No one thought the Giants would get more than a fifth-rounder, let alone two picks.
As a result, the asking price for Jeudy likely increased as well. It would be hard to imagine Denver parting ways with him for less than two draft picks, likely both coming on Day 2, so second and third-rounders.
Is that a price the rebuilding Giants will be willing to pay? Adding a second third-round pick from the Chiefs certainly helps, as they will likely be willing to surrender one in the right trade. Jeudy has potential but the Broncos’ passing offense has been a mess as well throughout his career so he has been unable to consistently showcase it.
Coming out of the bye in Week 10 with Jeudy and Golladay in the lineup alongside the re-emerging Darius Slayton and Wan’Dale Robinson would provide the Giants with the opportunity to have a competent passing attack in the second half of the season.