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What is the New York Giants Most Pressing Offensive Off-season Need?

The 2013 Giants did not have the offensive production that Giants fans had become accustomed to in past seasons. There’s many reasons that you can point to for the failures of that unit, but which position should the Giants prioritize this off-season to put themselves in the position to be a successful offensive football team next year?

The Offensive line was far from solid protecting Eli Manning this year. The Giants line allowed 40 sacks this year, double the amount allowed in the 2012 season, as well as letting their opponents to hit the QB 83 times, as opposed to only 53 times in the previous year. The Giants as a team also rushed for only 1,332 yards this year, which was 29th in the NFL and more than 500 yards less than 2012.

Which leads me to the next issue, the running game. The Giants running back corps was ravaged by injuries this year. Their leading rusher, Andre Brown, had only 492 yards and he was the only Giants back to have more than 250 yards this year. Simply put, that’s not acceptable at the NFL level. Yes, they lost starter David Wilson, who the team had high hopes for, early in the season, but he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry when he was healthy.

The Giants also had production dip in the passing game, failing to have a receiver catch for 1,00 yards this year, the first time since 2008 that no Giant has eclipsed 1,00 yards receiving. Hakeem Nicks failed to catch a single touchdown pass for the first time in his career. Eli Manning also had his lowest yardage output since 2008 and the fewest TD passes of any year except his rookie year when he started only 7 games.

The team also failed to get the production they expected from the tight end position. I, like many fans, thought that the addition of Brandon Myers in the off-season would be a big upgrade for the Giants but it did not turn out that way. Myers had only 522 yards, the least the Giants have gotten from their starting tight end since Kevin Boss managed only 384 in 2008.

So I pose this question to you all:

At what position do the Giants most need to bring in help this off-season?

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  • Joseph Bulger

    JR received a shot across the bow by owner John Mara when he stated they’re not getting the results they need out of the draft, and that the “offense is broken” stemming largely from the O-line. So JR delivers a draft that preserves his job no matter how the offensive line performs in 2014: 1st round, Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio. 2nd round, Baylor OG Cyril Richardson. “There ya go Tom. I’ve given you a 1st round OT in 2013, a 1st round OT in 2014, and the best Guard in the draft (#1 of 268 Guards per NFL Draft Scout) with the 2nd pick in 2014. If our O-line still sucks this season, that’s totally on you.”

    • James McDermott

      If love to see them be aggressive in pursuit of talented young linemen but I’m not sure they can use both of their top 2 picks this draft on O linemen. I would pursue a skill position player with my secon ground pick, if we are using it on the offensive side at all, because there are glaring needs at RB and WR with the likely departure of Hakeem Nicks.

      • Joseph Bulger

        James, roger on WR need when Nicks departs, but no rookie WR steps in and starts the first season with any real trust from Eli. Maybe that’ll change with the new OC, but I doubt it. I see JR continuing to pursue WRs in FA who can contribute in 2014. As for RBs on day 1, I don’t see it, especially since there are lots of good RBs available on day 2 and in FA (again, like with Jacobs, etc.). JR is focusing on 2014 being a complete turn around, with picks contributing right away. Mara’s not going to wait till 2015 for the playoffs.

        • James McDermott

          You still have to get young talent into the organization. That means using high draft picks. It’s easier to get stop gaps in free agency, but to rebuild a talent pool you need solid drafting.

          • Joseph Bulger

            You make a good point James, but consider that all the emphasis right now is on 2014. Nobody in the organization’s thinking with high priority beyond that today. The offense is broken today, Eli’s on crutches today, they’re 31st in rushing today, their O-line is worst in the league today, and their high priced FA David Baas and their 4 time pro bowl leader of the O-line Chris Snee are broken today. Getting stop gap FAs to fix the O-line is a huge cost (ala 2014 $8M cap hit for Baas) but getting high draft pick O-line talent cost the cap very little (ala 2014 $1.8M cap hit for Pugh), JR could sign a OT in 1st and Guard in 2nd for HALF the cap hit in 2014 as Baas is eating. Is JR going to DOUBLE that FA cap hit with another FA… especially since the current FA is a bust? That line needs to be fixed now, and if JR gets cute with a WR or RB on day 1 and Eli ends up on crutches again in 2014 but this time early in the season, what exactly will JR tell Mara that will save his job?