Some quick answers to some of the emails we've been getting this week about the offense...
What's going on with the TE position? Are the Giants going to have to sign a veteran at the last minute?
I wouldn't rule it out. They like some of the players they have here, but they need to see one or two of them step forward. Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis are veterans that can become into reliable options, but I think they want to see Larry Donnell take the next step like Jake Ballard did a few years back. Adrien Robinson got some first team reps but his progress has been slow. Rookie Xavier Grimble (hamstring) appears headed to IR. A new wrinkle has FB Henry Hynoski being used in an H-back type role to augment the TEs.
The new offense hasn't shown us anything. Is this going to work, or what?
Well, they showed that they can run the ball. That's something. The last phases of the offense were just installed this week. The plan was initially to set up the running game, then the short passing game and then the vertical passing game. You should see deeper passes going forward. Keep in mind, the team's top four receivers - Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, JerreL Jernigan and Odell Beckham, Jr. - have played either sparingly or not at all. I wouldn't worry about the Giants' offense too much unless they sputter with all of these guys in the lineup.
The offensive line still worries me. Do they have enough talent and depth, or are we in for another season of watching Eli getting slammed?
GM Jerry Reese made some moves this offseason that should address the play and the quality of the offensive line. First off, the new offense is geared for Eli to get the ball out faster, so the line will benefit from that by not having to hold their blocks for 4-5 seconds like they have in the past. Second, they signed Geoff Schwartz to play LG. He's a quality player who adds stability and violence to the middle of the line. JD Walton has overcome his health issues and gives the Giants a solid presence at center. RT Justin Pugh is a year older and has the potential to become a Pro Bowl player. LT Will Beatty, barring any setbacks, is on track to step up and be the player the Giants envision. The only hole is at RG, Chris Snee's old spot, but Brandon Mosley has performed well there this summer. Personally, I think they'll be fine.
Who do you see benefiting from the new offense?
Well, primarily the wide receivers. This offense will be a fun one to watch. I get offended when people say the Giants have no wide receivers. They must be parroting some talking head when they say that. The Giants have nothing but WRs. Victor Cruz is a record-setting player and arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL. Rueben Randle is poised for a monster season. Jernigan - if he can stay healthy - can create space for himself and stretch the field. He can get open and catch the football, believe it. Beckham can be a special player. It's hard for the fans to see that right now because he hasn't played yet, but he has the goods. All of these guys and hungry players such as Marcus Harris and Corey Washington give the Giants an excellent group at WR.