‘Broken’ offense has more players, more options this summer

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

It’s a little early to talk about players on the roster bubble, but with the Giants going hog wild in free agency and addressing needs in the draft, they suddenly have an excess of talent a number of positions. The offense, which was deemed “broken” by CEO John Mara this past winter, has gotten a facelift: a new offensive coordinator, a new system and a positive outlook.

Below is a quick look at each offensive unit and who will be in and may may be out…

Quarterback: Eli Manning appears to be on target to take the serious snaps this summer, so what we’ll be focusing on is his primary backup. Should Ryan Nassib display that he’s matured to the point where the team is confident he’s ready and able, the Giants may decide to go back to the two QB strategy. If not, Curtis Painter will retained. Not a simple choice, but if Nassib can step up, it would save a roster spot for someone at another position.

USATSI_7516120_110579513_lowresOffensive Line: Justin Pugh will start at right tackle. The starter at LT will be either Will Beatty or Charles Brown. The center will be either JD Walton or rookie Weston Richburg. Chris Snee, if he proves he’s healthy, will start at RG. Geoff Schwartz is the LG. John Jerry is dealing with a knee issue right now, but the team expects him to compete for a spot. That’s eight roster spots spoken for. The rest of the group will have to sing for their supper. Eric Herman, Brandon Mosley and James Brewer remain in the mix, but they will all be pushed by Steven Baker, Dallas Reynolds, Troy Kropog, Jamaal Johnson-Webb and Rogers Gaines. For the people who cried the offensive line had no depth after last season, it looks like the Giants have enough bodies to choose from this summer.

Tight End: You have to think Adrien Robinson is going to win this job. Reese is probably giddy over landing USC’s Xavier Grimble in the UDFA Market. Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells are NFL caliber vets that can hold their own. Larry Donnell is still a favorite of the organization and will get a legit shot to make the roster. So who will prevail? A-Rob is in, but the rest will have to depend on their performance in camp. Davis is likely to stick because of his blocking and short-yardage receiving skills. Grimble can be placed on the practice squad, but Reese may not want to risk losing him.

Running Back / Fullback: Rashad Jennings was brought in to be the premier back. Rookie Andre Williams will likely be the change-up. Peyton Hillis will be kept because he’s just too good a football player to cut. Many see him as a John Kuhn-type. Michael Cox is improving but his fate may hinge on how the David Wilson scenario plays out. Jon Conner and Henry Hynoski will battle it out at FB, but there is a chance both will be kept. Some hard cuts may be coming.

Wide Receiver: Victor Cruz are Rueben Randle are back as the primaries, while rookie Odell Beckham Jr. hopes to fill the hole left by Hakeem Nicks. Jerrel Jernigan will be the fourth and Trindon Holliday will make the roster, but as a returner. Mario Manningham has to be healthy to beat out the up-and-coming Julian Talley. There could be a surprise emerging out of the group consisting of: Marcus Harris, Corey Washington, Parker Preston, Travis Harvey and Kris Adams, but six may be the limit this year.




6 comments
mcfly
mcfly

Typically would break down as:

2 QB

3 HB

1 FB

3 TE

6 WR

10 OL

Can take a player from the online to add a 3rd qb or a 4th HB but this makes the most sense

mcfly
mcfly

Just cut Painter. Let's be honest, if Eli gets hurt we won't be going anywhere - why not roll the dice on the young guy if that's the case

metsgiants
metsgiants

Realistically, if we cut Painter late in training camp, would anyone pick him up? Why waste a roster spot on him?


Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Two things here. First, you only listed 25 guys. An NFL roster is 52 men, 26 on each side, so you're 1 short (I'll address that in a minute). Second, and most importantly, 10 OL is way too many, bro. I would keep the 2 QBs because the odds are that neither backup is going to see a meaningful play all season & the Giants need to know what they have in Nassib. I would add the 1 roster spot you missed to the backfield, totaling 5 RB. Jennings is a keeper, as is Williams. Wilson is still a good talent, if healthy, and Hillis could be an huge player on this team doing the dirty work. I would only take one of the fullbacks, a toss-up between Hynoski & Conner, because Hillis can play FB if needed & fullback is a dying position where teams rarely have one, let alone 2. Finally, I would take one of your OL away & add a 7th WR. Out of all the positions on the offense, the WR position is the most in flux & in question. The OL was a mess last year, but improvements were made; so long as they stay healthy, we know what we're getting & it should be good. Guys like Schwartz, Walton & even Reynolds are key acquisitions because they can play both guard spots as well as center, if needed. It gives the Giants the roster flexibility to have 2 reserves cover 3 positions. As for the WR position, we lost talent & replaced it with an undersized rookie. I hear that everyone loves Beckham, but I need to see it. All these prognosticators are saying Beckham is a star in the making & Mettenberger (his QB at LSU) is a sleeper to be a great pro. If that is the case, why in the world was the LSU offense so terrible the past 2 seasons? Is Les Miles that horrific of an offensive mind? I don't think so. Plus, he had Cam Cameron as his OC since being fired by the Ravens. Cameron knows his stuff, but nothing Beckham did made me confident that he is going to be worthy of the high pick & accompanying high expectations. I have faith, but I need to see it. I hope steps in & allows Cruz to play the slot, but we are going to running A LOT of 3 & 4 wide sets with McAdoo this year. Having only 2 backups isn't enough. Manningham should make the team if for no other reason than his chemistry with Eli. Trindon Holliday needs to be taken on as a returner. Beckham may be a great returner, but I'm not willing to risk the health of our top draft pick on special teams. Holliday is a specialist, he just needs to hold on to the ball. Finally, I would like to see them keep onto Julian Talley as well. He could wind up being just another body in the NFL, but I'd rather find out for myself than on some other team.

Despite all that, the thing I love looking at this roster is how Reese went & fixed the problem at RB. At this point last year, we were banking on the diminutive Wilson being a premier back, with the oft-injured Brown taking 1/3 of the reps. Looking back, that was just wishful thinking. I REALLY, REALLY like Andre Williams & I think he is going to be a very good player in the NFL. When you add him to Jennings, Hillis, and a hopefully healthy Wilson, the Giants will have 4 RBs capable of being NFL starters. That is a far cry from last year & we all know that regardless who the Giants OC is, regardless of the fashionable play calling of that season, the Giants go as far as their running game takes them. They need some dudes to pound the ball & run the 7:00 minute offense when the weather gets bad & we are trying to lock down the game. The RB position, and running game as a whole, has lost it's luster in the NFL, but there will always be a place for it in Big Blue.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@mcfly  I think that'll be the end result.  I would have to assume Nassib just didn't have a full grasp of the offense, or wasn't up to "NFL-Speed" enough for the Giants to feel comfortable enough to have him be the only option at backup last season.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

I highly doubt anyone would, but I would assume they don't want to go another year "wasting" a roster spot by carrying 3 QBs.