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Is JuJu Smith-Schuster an ‘analytics-based match’ for Giants?


It’s no secret that the New York Giants want so as to add playmakers this offseason. It’s additionally no secret that they intend to do precisely that, whether or not it comes by way of free company, the 2021 NFL draft of each.

Early on, the consensus appears to be that the Giants will goal Alabama large receiver Jaylen Waddle within the draft and former Detroit Lions large receiver Kenny Golladay in free company.

However do these gamers match Jason Garrett’s scheme? Is there a greater choice analytically? Cynthia Frelund of NFL Community definitely thinks so.

In a current column breaking down the greatest analytical matches for every staff, Frelund pegged JuJu Smith-Schuster because the participant who matches up greatest with the Giants.

Projected so as to add: 1.11 wins.

I actually needed to checklist two groups right here, simply to indicate the influence {that a} slot receiver can have, particularly within the purple zone. As for Smith-Schuster’s match with the Giants, eight of his 9 touchdowns in 2020 got here from the slot (tied for probably the most, with Travis Kelce, per NGS). New York QBs had a passer ranking when concentrating on the slot of simply 82.3 final season, second-lowest within the NFL. On a roster that additionally boasts a returning Saquon Barkley, Smith-Schuster might simply fulfill the function of a No. 1 WR.

Frelund provides that Smith-Schuster would even be a superb match for the Arizona Cardinals, the place he’d add a projected 1.07 wins.

After releasing large receiver Golden Tate, the Giants could also be available in the market for a slot receiver in the event that they’re decided to maintain Sterling Shepard on the surface. Nonetheless, it’s a tall, big-bodied bona fide WR1 that they’re really missing most.

In the meantime, Frelund has that actual kind of participant — Kenny Golladay — listed as an ideal match for the Philadelphia Eagles, giving them an addition (projected) 1.24 wins.