5 things that should be on the Giants' 2020 holiday wish list

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Giants 2020 wish list
Giants 2020 wish list

Meaningful games in December? For Giants fans, holiday wishes might have been granted already no matter if New York makes the postseason or not.

But there’s still more that fans are craving at this point of the year because it’s about time the Giants reassert themselves as the team to beat in the NFC East (though the expectations will be low following the dreadful campaign every team in the division is making at the moment).

If you need a little help on what to add to your wish list for the rest of the year and heading into the offseason, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with the obvious one…

A playoff berth

Since 2016, Giants fans have been waiting for a playoff game to happen again. Even if this team really isn’t ready to compete for the Lombardi Trophy, it would do this young group good to experience that sort of atmosphere and pressure in a win-or-go-home matchup.

The Giants are still in the running for the division title, which would secure a No. 4 seed and a home game to kick of Wild Card Weekend. But they need to get the job done first. 

Daniel Jones takes Year 3 leap

After a promising rookie campaign, despite the turnover issues, Jones hasn’t had a progressive sophomore season. In fact, some would say that he regressed.

However, he could just be getting used to Jason Garrett’s offense and right before he suffered his hamstring injury (and now ankle sprain), Jones looked to be getting into a groove.

Still, those games of throwing for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns weren't there this season. The Giants need him to really turn the corner in Year 3 as there are no more excuses of still getting used to the NFL. He’s capable but the mistakes need to stop. It’s time for Jones to really prove that he’s the guy for Big Blue, and fans definitely want to see that happen from the 2019 sixth overall pick.

Re-sign Leonard Williams and Logan Ryan

The Giants’ defense has been fun to watch under the direction of Patrick Graham this season. Guys are flying to the ball, and unlike 2019, the younger players on the team seem to be grasping the system put in place.

But there are two veterans who will be hitting the free agency market who have proven to work well for the Giants this season in Williams and Ryan. Gettleman has to love that Williams looks like the interior beast he was drafted by the Jets to be. That trade looked terrible at first – and it still may be to some because the Giants need to use their draft capital – but Williams has already eclipsed his sack totals and is proving to be a beast up the middle. It might be hard to sign him, though, because he is looking for a lucrative deal.

As for Ryan, the New Jersey native is balling back home and has quickly become a leader in the locker room. He works really well in Graham’s scheme and it’s always good to have that solid veteran play and presence on your team.

It’s unknown what the cap room will look like this offseason, but at least one of these guys needs to stay in the blue and white next season.

Sign/Draft a No. 1 WR

A top wideout has almost become a necessity for the Giants. While they have some pretty solid receivers in Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, they just are not proving to be that No. 1 option like Odell Beckham Jr. was to take over games.

Luckily for the Giants, there will be two top receivers on the market this offseason. Allen Robinson II and Kenny Golladay are both set to hit the open market, and could be looking for new homes across the NFL. The Giants may still be rebuilding, but New York is always an attractive destination and the Giants are proving they can play competitive ball this season. So why wouldn’t players like Robinson and Golladay, two established WR1s, want to check out East Rutherford?

If free agency isn’t an option, players like Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are all expected to declare for the NFL Draft. They have WR1 potential for sure.

The Giants have other holes to fill, but this is one that needs to be at the top of the priority list.

More success for Joe Judge

It’s a simple wish but one that all Giants fans can make. No matter what happens this season, it seems like the Giants made the right hire in Judge – at least for the moment. The players have been buying in to his ways of how he wants to build the team. If the team goes 7-9 or even win out the season and finish 8-8, it would only further prove that Judge is the guy for the G-Men.

When SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano says the team might have found its new Tom Coughlin, it's a good sign, especially when you’ve only been a head coach for one season.