COMMENTARY | The New York Giants hired Ben McAdoo, 36-year-old former quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers, as offensive coordinator this week. In announcing the move Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin said McAdoo is "the best coach for the job."
Let's look at five players on the current Giants' roster who stand to benefit the most from McAdoo's arrival to take the place of the retired Kevin Gilbride.
1. Eli Manning -- The quarterback was a mess by the end of the 2013 season. His career-worst 27 interceptions a result of poor play by receivers and poor offensive line play that ultimately led to bad decisions and broken-down fundamentals. McAdoo comes with the endorsement of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers along with a reputation for being a stickler for quarterback fundamentals. Manning should benefit greatly from that, along with a fresh approach on offense.
2. Rueben Randle -- Heading into his third season, Randle is an immense talent. There has been a disconnect between Randle and Manning, however, largely caused by the complexity of the options available to receivers in the Gilbride-designed passing attack. Eight of Manning's 27 interceptions came in the 76 times he targeted Randle, that's 10.5 percent. That is the worst interception ratio of any receiver in the league targeted at least 75 times. McAdoo comes from Green Bay where the routes are shorter, there are seemingly fewer options and the ball gets out to receivers more quickly. That should help him become a big-time playmaker.
3. Jerrel Jernigan -- The diminutive slot receiver finally broke out during the last three games of his third season, catching 19 passes and running a reverse 49 yards for a touchdown. The Green Bay offense uses three-wide receiver sets more often than the Gilbride offense did, and there should be plenty of opportunity for Jernigan to show that his final three games of 2013 were not a fluke.
4. David Wilson -- The speedy Wilson was not a natural fit for the power running game the Giants traditionally like to employ, and Gilbride never really found a comfortable, consistent way to use him. Perhaps McAdoo can. The Packers have been better at the screen game than the Giants in recent years, and perhaps McAdoo can find ways to utlize Wilson's speed in his West Coast style offense. That is, of course, if Wilson recovers from neck surgery and is able to continue his career in 2014.
5. Adrien Robinson -- 'The JPP of tight ends' has had two lost seasons with the Giants after being drafted in the fourth round in 2012. He missed the offseason program in 2012 due to graduation requirements at the University of Cincinnati, and missed much of 2013 with injuries. He has played two offensive snaps in two years. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds he is, however, a big, athletic target. If he can stay on the practice field, perhaps Robinson can finally find a role in McAdoo's offense. He seems to have right skillset.
[NOTE: Quotes gathered first-hand unless otherwise noted].-- Ed Valentine is editor of Big Blue View, covering the New York Giants for SB Nation. He writes about the Giants and Yankees for Yahoo Contributor Network. Ed can be followed on Twitter @bigblueview.
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