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Giants 2019 NFL preview: Saquon and the passing of the torch – Metro US

Giants 2019 NFL preview: Saquon and the passing of the torch

Eli Manning (10) and Daniel Jones (8). (Photo: Getty Images)
It’s all up to Eli Manning whether or not his final season with the New York Giants will end with him riding off into the sunset, or on the bench. 
 
The 38-year-old veteran quarterback, entering his 16th season in the NFL, has been the face of the franchise since he took over for Kurt Warner in the middle of the 2004 season. 
 
Now, it’s Daniel Jones lurking offstage, ready to step in when called upon. 
 
For Manning, he’s on his last legs as a pro, but a newly-bolstered offensive line should give him more time in the pocket compared to year’s past. 
 
Will he take advantage of it? That remains to be seen. But the ol’ slinger’s spot under center is on shaky ground. 
 
Regardless of who is under center — and Jones made a strong case to start in an impressive preseason outing — the Giants offense is going to run through second-year phenom running back Saquon Barkley. 
 
Largely hailed as one of the top rushers in the league, Barkley is expected to get upwards of 360 touches this season as an explosive back and reliable receiver. 
 
With a less-than-impressive group of wide receivers, especially with Golden Tate’s four-game suspension to start the season, the Giants’ aerial game will rely heavily on Barkley, slot receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram. 
 
Engram has shown hints of breaking out into a star and he’ll get plenty of chances to do so this season. 
 
2019 Giants Schedule
 
WEEK 1 @ COWBOYS
SUNDAY, 4:25 PM ET, FOX
 
WEEK 2 vs. BILLS
9/15, 1 PM, CBS
 
WEEK 3 @ BUCS
9/22, 4:05 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 4 vs. REDSKINS
9/29, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 5 vs. VIKINGS
10/6, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 6 @ PATRIOTS
10/10, 8:20 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 7 vs. CARDINALS
10/20, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 8 @ LIONS 
10/27, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 9 vs. COWBOYS
11/4, 8:15 PM, ESPN
 
WEEK 10 @ JETS
11/10, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
WEEK 12 @ BEARS
11/24, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 13 vs. PACKERS
12/1, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 14 @ EAGLES
12/9, 8:15 PM, ESPN
 
WEEK 15 vs. DOLPHINS
12/15, 1 PM, CBS
 
WEEK 16 @ REDSKINS
12/22, 1 PM, FOX
 
WEEK 17 vs. EAGLES
12/29, 1 PM, FOX

2019 Strength of Schedule: .473 winning percentage in 2018 (29th in NFL)

2019 Predicted Record: 5-11 (3rd in NFC East)

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