Jim Mancari, ContributorAll offseason and preseason, we’ve heard that the Giants will have one of the NFL’s best offenses.
On paper, I’d have to agree.
A quarterback with two Super Bowl M.V.P. awards. Two explosive and dynamic wide receivers. An up-and-coming talented receiver. A running back with blazing speed. Another power running back. And a tight end who led his team last year in receptions.
Sounds like the recipe for success.
But wait. While on paper this unit looks dangerous, the problem is that the Giants’ offense has not been on the field all as one, thus having no time to gel in anticipation for the season.
I’m a bit concerned about this, since it may take some more time for the unit to get going this season, rather than bursting out of the gate.
It’s basically the same unit as last year, though we will see more of David Wilson, especially with the injury to the afore-mentioned “power running back” – Andre Brown.
If everyone stays healthy, the offense should be this team’s strong point. But Hakeem Nicks’ injury past and Victor Cruz’s preseason injury certainly could be troubling.
Eli Manning has shown he can make average receivers better – for example Mario Manningham – but he will need his two main weapons healthy all year for the Giants to make a run.
What can’t happen this year is for the defense to play complacent since it feels the offense will just pick up the slack.
If the offense is clicking, then yes, it could probably carry a middling defense. But again, there seems to be just as many question marks on the offensive side of the ball as the defensive side.
There will be some shuffling along the offensive line with rookie first-round draft pick Justin Pugh getting the nod at right tackle. And who will step as the second-string running back to spell Wilson?
That’s why I’m approaching this season by viewing the Giants’ offense with “cautious optimism.”
I feel like the Giants are just one more crushing injury away from really being in trouble, especially with a few guys banged up already, and thus I proceed with caution.
Still, I’m optimistic that the weapons the team does have – if healthy – will rival any offensive unit in the league.
We maybe won’t find out for a few weeks what Big Blue’s offense is all about, again going back to the earlier point that the first-string unit really didn’t play together all that much in the preseason.
But once the unit molds its identity, opposing defenses will have a “Giant” hurdle in trying to stop the potential of this offensive juggernaut.
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