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    Revisiting the New York Giants’ Abysmal 2023 Season Ahead of ‘Hard Knocks’ Debut

    With the New York Giants set to debut on "Hard Knocks," we revisit their 2023 season and look ahead at what to expect from them in 2024.

    The difference between 2022 and 2023 was night and day for the New York Giants.

    In ’22, the Giants made the playoffs, winning a game and reaching the Divisional Round.

    However, 2023 was vastly different, further proving just how quickly things can change for teams in the NFL.

    The Giants will be under the microscope starting tonight as they’re the focus of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Offseason.”

    With that in mind, we revisit the Giants’ 2023 season and take a look ahead at what this year may look like for New York.

    What Was the New York Giants Record in 2023?

    Although they were coming off a surprise playoff appearance and Wild Card Round victory the year prior, the Giants entered 2023 with relatively modest expectations.

    While many fans were expecting linear progression after a successful first season under head coach Brian Daboll, the Giants weren’t considered a playoff threat going into 2023.

    That turned out to be true right out of the gate and became crystal clear on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Playing in front of a national audience fresh off of a season that gave the fanbase false hope, the Cowboys went into New York and dismantled the Giants 40-0 on their home field.

    Poor play on both sides of the ball and injuries to key players, such as quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, and offensive lineman Andrew Thomas, among others, plagued the Giants, who started the season 1-5.

    Although they looked more promising over the rest half of the season, going 5-6 the rest of the way, the Giants ended 2023 with just a 6-11 record, missing the postseason for the eighth time in 10 years.

    What Were the Biggest Storylines?

    When you are in the biggest media market in the world, there are surely storylines galore to discuss.

    Many of these centered around quarterback Daniel Jones, who came into the season fresh off a newly signed four-year deal worth $140 million. However, despite the new deal, Jones’ play fell off dramatically, and then he eventually he tore his ACL in Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders, ending his 2023 season.

    MORE: Daniel Jones Injury Update: What’s the Latest on the Giants QB’s Health?

    With Jones out, the Giants turned to veteran Tyrod Taylor and rookie Tommy DeVito at quarterback. DeVito, a native of New Jersey, took the NFL world by storm for a brief stretch last season, which included an upset win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.

    Eventually, DeVito couldn’t sustain his momentum, and the undrafted rookie quarterback was benched for Taylor, who started the rest of the season after taking over in a Week 16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

    In addition to Jones being lost for almost half the year, the Giants’ biggest offseason acquisition, star tight end Darren Waller, had a disappointing campaign as well. Waller battled injuries throughout the year and wasn’t able to make any real impact.

    The Waller addition came with a lot of hype, as the Giants were hoping he would give them a much-needed weapon in the passing game. Waller, however, finished his lone season in New York with just 552 receiving yards and one touchdown in 12 games.

    Another huge storyline was the Saquon Barkley contract saga. Not long after Jones was given his new deal, Barkley was given the franchise tag, as the team tried to keep both players in the fold. However, Barkley was not satisfied with the franchise tag deal and was holding out for a better deal.

    It became an offseason storyline that bled into the start of training camp. Barkley and the team eventually agreed on a restructured deal, providing $11 million worth of cash value, putting Barkley at No. 3 at the running back position for pay that season.

    Between contractual uncertainty with their star running back, and poor play, compounded with an injury that cost his almost half of the season at quarterback, the Giants 2023 season never was able to find solid footing.

    What Can We Expect From the Giants in 2024?

    Expectations for the Giants in 2024 are admittedly low. Many believe they are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and with Jones still not officially back from his injury and Barkley now in Philadelphia with the rival Eagles, there are far more questions than answers for this year’s version of the Giants.

    There is hope that EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux will continue to ascend and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is viewed as one of the best in the league, so the Giants do have some pieces in place to be a competitive football team.

    KEEP READING: Why Did Saquon Barkley Leave the Giants in Free Agency?

    The Giants selected LSU star wide receiver Malik Nabers with their first-round pick and hope he can provide juice to the offense, which has been severely lacking lately. However, there seems to be a lot more hope than anything else when it comes to the Giants this season.

    Daboll seems to be on the hot seat after a disappointing 2023 season. Coupled with a tough NFC East division that features the Eagles, Cowboys, and up-and-coming Washington Commanders, the challenges New York faces are abundant.

    If this season looks anything like last year, the Big Apple could experience wide-sweeping changes following it. Unless something drastically changes, the Giants’ short-term outlook in 2024 is bleak.

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