As the year has progressed forward it’s become apparent to Giants supporters that the offensive unit is a work in progress. Eli Manning and the rest of the offensive personnel are in the midst of a well-documented shift from a downfield aerial attack to a quick-trigger west coast passing scheme.
Along with the shift in passing schemes, the Giants have integrated a significant amount of new personnel on the offensive side of the ball, including both skill players and along the offensive line.
As a collective unit, the offensive line has been marred by inconsistency throughout the season. The peaks and valleys have been especially troublesome for Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo.
McAdoo has seen progress in the trenches, but noted that he would like their play to become habitual.
“There are signs of good execution, there are signs of good productivity, there are signs of being physical, and there are signs of not producing what they are capable of producing. We need to be consistent the whole way across the board and that is a big part of the challenge right now.
Inconsistent offensive line play often times leads to up-and-down play from the offensive group as a whole, and this has been quite evident with the Giants the past couple of seasons. Help could be on the way though. Geoff Schwartz, debatably the largest (definitely in terms of shear size at 6’6” 340 pounds) offseason acquisition along the line could be activated off of injured reserve.
McAdoo, the offensive signal-caller, is optimistic about Schwartz’ return. ,p>“He has been getting some work in practice and he has been doing a little more each day. That has been encouraging, but I will leave that up to the doctors.”
Shifting gears, the glimmer of hope for the Giants offense over the last few weeks has been the emergence of rookie wide-out sensation Odell Beckham Jr.. Beckham Jr. swiftly asserted himself as one of the top playmakers from the 2014 NFL Draft Class since debuting in Week 5.
Since the devastating injury to the beloved Victor Cruz, Beckham Jr. has excelled as the clear-cut No. 1 receiving option for Eli Manning. Ben McAdoo is sure that opposing defenses are starting to take notice of the impressive rookie.
He stated, “Teams are going to make an effort to minimize his production, whether it is personnel-driven or scheme-driven.”
With a growing role in the passing game, confidence in Odell Beckham Jr. is continuing to rise. Last week, Eli Manning showed immense confidence in the rookie by challenging All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman on multiple occasions.
McAdoo sees the developing trust from Eli as well, “There is a lot of confidence there (with Beckham), I am sure there is.”
Continuing forward, the Giants will look to exploit matchups with their dynamic rookie receiver and hopefully sure up some of the other offensive concerns this week against a short-handed San Francisco defense. The 49ers will be without Patrick Willis this week, which is especially convenient for the Giants with the return of running back Rashad Jennings.