New York Giants: What it is and what could have been

Eli Manning, Evan Engram, New York Giants. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Eli Manning, Evan Engram, New York Giants. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

For the New York Giants not much went right during week one, but here are some things to reflect on ahead of week two.

The New York Giants showed more staples of head coach Pat Shurmur’s offensive style. They had more play-action plays then there were run attempts. Big Blue started with smart controlled throws to assist their offensive line and to let quarterback Eli Manning get into a rhythm before taking any shots downfield. Ladies and gentleman, the “West Coast Offense,” east coast edition.

New York Giants fans have a whole season of tight end screens, running back wheel routes and maybe even a few Manning attempts to juke out linebackers to look forward to. This offensive is designed for a more mobile QB in reality but it sure was interesting to watch.

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Unfortunately, neither Eli Manning nor Daniel Jones is that mobile and the extra kick in the teeth to ponder here is that the G-Men could have traded up last year and snagged possibly Lamar Jackson to sit and watch behind Manning. It could have set up the most explosive backfield tandem in the modern era with Jackson and Saquon Barkley. One can dream.

In fairness, the New York Giants offense didn’t look horrible. There was minor misuse of personnel, from a fan’s perspective. If it happens again in week two where Barkley only gets limited touches, we should start to assume it’s by design to keep him healthy in hopes of a better season next year.

Evan Engram showed some great flashes and should be a pleasure to watch this season. More importantly, he should not fall victim to being caught up in trade rumors, despite the media’s best efforts.

Engram is a solid young tight end who can grow into a core piece of the Giants offense when the changing of the guard finally occurs. It may even be closer than anyone thinks. The rebuilt offensive line showing their readiness to protect and run block the right way. Both are things that keep defenses from teeing off on the quarterback, whoever that may be.

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