New additions to Giants offense will make them more dangerous in 2017

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The New York Giants were maddening in 2016. Their defense ranked second in points allowed with 17.8, only the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots allowed fewer points (15.6).

The Giants defense kept them in most games (the NFC Wild Card Game notwithstanding). Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t score any points.

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The running game was more like a jog, averaging only 88.3 yards per game (29th in the NFL). The passing game was a little better but was average at best (17th in the NFL). Big Blue looked small with an average of 19.4 points per game (26th in the NFL). The Giants averaged the second-fewest points of the 12 teams that qualified for the postseason. Only the AFC South champion Houston Texans scored fewer points (17.4) than the Giants but they actually won a playoff game.

The Giants needed to upgrade their offense. They signed wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Rhett Ellison in free agency. They also selected tight end Evan Engram with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Now, Eli Manning has targets and weapons at his disposal. Adding Marshall, Ellison, and Engram to the mix gives the Giants options they didn’t have in 2016.

“Brandon gave us a guy Eli likes. That big red-zone guy. He’s been around,” said general manager Jerry Reese in a Tuesday interview on The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN in New York City. “The guy has made six Pro Bowls, I believe. He knows all the tricks of the trade and he’s a big man.

“So, we have a big receiver, we have a slot receiver in (Sterling) Shepard, we have speed on the outside and a dynamic outside received in Odell (Beckham Jr.), we have a blocking tight end in Rhett Ellison that we got in free agency and we have a super-fast tight end who can get down in the field in Engram

“We do have some weapons. We just have to put them in the right place and they have to make plays when we’re out there.”

The personnel the Giants have at their disposal should have head coach Ben McAdoo thinking of the 2015 season when he was offensive coordinator. The Giants scored 26.4 points a game, almost a full touchdown better than 2016.
Last season, the Giants used 11 personnel (three wide receivers, one running back, one tight end) on almost 90 percent of their offensive plays. This includes all seven fourth-and-1 and fourth-and-2 situations.

Victor Cruz played opposite Beckham last season. He had 39 receptions for 586 yards and one touchdown after missing much of the previous two seasons with leg injuries. Cruz was released almost two months ago.

McAdoo said he wanted the Giants’ best lineup on the field as much as possible. This is typical of a rookie head coach. He learned that having the best lineup on the field might not be best in all situations.

The Giants’ tight ends were a source of discontent in 2016. Engram and Ellison (along with Will Tye, Matt LaCosse, and Jerell Adams) ensure that there will be more two tight end sets in 2017. They also have a fullback (Shane Smith). If Paul Perkins and rookie Wayne Gallman can manufacture a running game that opposing defense have to respect, the Giants’ offense will be dangerous.

Last season, the Giants lost both fullbacks to season ending injuries and struggled at the tight end position. McAdoo appears to be evolving a coach and is willing to make adjustments to philosophy. Opposing defenses will have to take the Giants seriously. That will go a long way towards putting a fifth (Lombardi) Trophy in the case.

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