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How Does the New York Giants' Offense Stack Up Against the NFL's Best?

Big Blue's offense could be prolific this upcoming season, but how does it compare to the best the league has to offer?

Manhattan-- Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson. All of these quarterbacks run some of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Why? Balance. Having a balanced offense is key to scoring points and taking over games (refer to super bowl 51). Let’s take a look at what it takes to have a great offense, and why the Giants could sprout into a potentially dangerous offensive team this upcoming season. 

A great offense is built on four foundations, a running game, a passing game, time management and a capable offensive line. The Giants under Coach Ben McAdoo turned the tables on the 2016 season, coming out victorious in the final seconds, while under Tom Coughlin in 2015, this was not the case. Although the defense was mightily improved in 2016, Coughlin's strength was not time management, but rather discipline. If you take a look at some of the best coaches in the league; Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Bruce Arians... What do they all have in common? Superb time management skills and crisis plans. Each of these coaches makes it a priority to have a plan and a backup plan for each and every possible situation. With McAdoo going into his second year as coach, he has studied Coughlin, and Mike McCarthy in Green Bay, allowing him to take the best from both coaches and implement it into his style. He runs a smooth, yet predictable offense with big play capability, and manages the clock to perfection. And now with the addition of former Jet Brandon Marshall this off-season, it will open up the field to McAdoo's disposal. With the Giants now presenting three top receivers on Sundays, the next step is establishing a running game. 

Every team must have a capable running back or running back tandem. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots have figured out that the best way to keep teams on their toes, is to have multiple weapons at one position. The Patriots have Dion Lewis, and Legarrette Blount, while the Falcons have Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. They are a huge reason both teams made it to the super bowl last season. Big Blue has struggled at the running back position as of late, but with the emergence of second year player Paul Perkins, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

With Shane Vereen taking a pay cut to stay with the team, it enables the Giants to have a one-two punch, with Perkins playing the early downs and Vereen commanding third-down and passing plays. Vereen was scheduled to make a base salary of $3.15 million in 2017, but generously gave up $1 million dollars  to guarantee his spot on the team, and to prove he is still capable of producing at a high level, even after two torn triceps last season. Vereen was given the ability to earn the lost money back, plus $250,000 through performance incentives. With Vereen playing on a prove it type of deal, you can expect maximum effort from the former super bowl winning Patriots running back.

 

With Big Blue lacking a power back, the draft may offer some enticing options. Alvin Kamara, running back out of Tennessee, offers "NFL size and Power," per his NFL draft profile. Another option is D'Onta Foreman from Texas. Foreman's rare vision, explosiveness, and agility at a whopping 250 pounds’ leaves scouts speechless. He's a patient runner and takes a Le’veon Bell type of approach to setting up his blocks and exploding through the middle. With the 2017 NFL draft bleeding with prospects at running back, it's safe to assume the Giants may go after one of these players in the 2nd or 3rd round.

At the receiver position, the Giants seem to be all but secured, as they have a triple threat composed of Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Brandon Marshall is only one year removed from having one of the best statistical seasons in his career, racking up 1500 yards and 14 touchdowns. Marshall signed a team friendly two year, 12-million-dollar contract, on the hopes that he will reach the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year career. 

 

“It was all about a championship. I just wanted to be in a championship environment. I want to go out the right way; I want to go out a winner,” Marshall said to Deion Sanders on the Rich Eisen show earlier this week, hosted by Sanders.

 

Now that Big Blue offer a big-bodied receiver to compliment the electric Beckham, teams will have a tough time deciding who to double team. With Eli 'manning' the helm and the offensive line bound to improve, the Giants seem to be in great position to put one of the best offenses in the league out on the field every Sunday. 

 

 


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