By: Marco Imperati
The Giants kicked off the 2014 NFL season with an embarrassing nationally televised game at Detroit. The offense looked worst then last season and fans everywhere were growing tired of Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, and Jerry Reese.
It didn’t help the following week vs. Arizona. Manning looked sharper and more confident however dropped passes and turnovers were the consistent theme in Ben McAdoo’s new offense. Instead of cheering “Cruuuuuuz”, fans were pelting the star wide receiver with “Boooooo’s!”
What a difference 5 days could make. In small time, the Giants have come together on all three phases to play solid football and dismantle the Houston Texans and then on the road vs division rivals, Washington Redskins.
The offense looks to have slowed down for Manning and the starting unit. He’s getting rid of the ball at a fast pace. Manning is also spreading the ball around and forcing defenses to stay in specific defensive alignments that cover two tight ends and three wide receivers. The Giants very rarely play a personnel that has a fullback on the field.
Against the Redskins, Manning completed passes to 8 different players. Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle lead the Giants in receptions and yards, however it was the new kid, Larry Donnell who burst onto the scene with three touchdowns.
Over the summer when this team and most notably, GM Jerry Reese was badgered with criticism about the Tight End position, (Draft Eric Ebron! Bring in Jermichael Finley! They should have paid Martellus Bennett!) Reese kept his typical poker face on and said there were players on the roster that would contribute. Forget contributing. Donnell’s large frame and athleticism looks like the Giants have there very own Julius Thomas. Through 4 games, Donnell has 25 receptions on 31 targets to go with 4 touchdowns.
For the first time in a long time, it is fun to watch this offense again.
A couple thoughts as the Giants rest up for 10 days before welcoming a hot Falcons team to Metlife Stadium Sunday October 5th.
–Prince Amukamara has improved every year. I think he could still play with a team’s number one WR, but having Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has really helped Prince and the entire defense to go out and do what they do best. They allow DRC to run around with the top WR. DRC is vital ot the defense.
-Finally, The Giants will have a huge chip on their shoulder. Be prepared Giants fans to hear, “Is this a good team that could compete with the heavyweights in the NFC or is this a team that beat up on Ryan Ftzpatrick, an Arian Foster-less Texans offense and an overmatched Washington team?” We will find out as the team gets ready for the toughest 6 game stretch on the schedule.
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