NY Giants need to prove their offense is legit
The New York Giants added a lot of talent to their offense this offseason, but it doesn’t automatically make them a legit unit when it comes to scoring a lot of points.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell decided to rank the offensive weapons or all 32 NFL teams. The Giants came in at number 16.
For as many promising pieces as the Giants sport, the offense doesn’t add up to the sum of its parts. As exciting as Saquon Barkley might look on a highlight reel, the former Penn State star has now missed most of one season with a torn ACL and hobbled through a second with a high ankle sprain. Kenny Golladay, the team’s new addition at wideout, missed most of 2020 with hip and hamstring injuries. Darius Slayton repeated his 2019 numbers, but he did so on 176 more snaps. Tight end Evan Engram continues to struggle with drops and averaged just 6.0 yards per target last season. First-round pick Kadarius Toney could be a valuable weapon in the slot, but his presence conflicts with Sterling Shepard’s best spot, just as was the case with Golden Tate two years ago.
All of these pieces are being put into an offense by an organization whose espoused philosophy is running the football, which is one of the reasons why the Giants are so frustrating to watch. There’s top-six talent here on paper, but counting on everyone to stay healthy and be used properly seems to be too big of an ask. At the very least, they desperately need a healthy, productive season from Barkley — who said Monday that he’s uncertain he’ll be ready for Week 1 — before figuring out whether they want to give the 2018 No. 2 pick a contract extension next spring.
I find it interesting that the Giants had a higher ranking in both 2019 (8) and 2020 (7). How can New York have a lower ranking this year when they have the most talent they’ve had in a while when it comes to their offensive weapons?
The fact of the matter is that until the Giants offense can prove that they’re a threat in the NFL and can score a lot of points, they’re not going to get the respect that they’re looking for.
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