Rumors have been circulating about the New York Giants’ offensive line and whether it will be effective or not. The Giants have to do some shuffling around to find the right set of starting players. Will Beatty getting injured made everything more confusing for the coaching staff. Most analysts are coming up with reasons why the line won’t work, but none talk about what will happen if it all does work out.
For arguments sake, lets say Ereck Flowers steps into playing left tackle and becomes a total stud. He struggles the first couple of games and then begins to dominate as the weeks go on. Once Flowers’ play is solidified, the rest of the offensive line will fall into place.
Weston Richburg will lock down the center position, Justin Pugh will get his wish and remain the right tackle for the Giants, Geoff Schwartz will finally be the left guard he was signed to play as, and John Jerry will have to hold it down at right guard. The Giants are going to have to ask a lot from Jerry to step up and be a decent right guard. Marshall Newhouse could also step in and be a surprise starting player.
All of this is a lot to ask of these players of course, but if it does work out the Giants’ offense could really explode. I’m talking about the NFL’s top offense kind of explode. Look what a good offensive line did to the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants have a perfect tandem of running backs and wide receivers.
Eli Manning definitely could surpass last years’ stats if his offensive line can give him some more time. An old dog can learn new tricks because Manning had one of his best statistical years last season. Not to mention it was only the first year of Ben McAdoo’s offense. He has some really dangerous weapons around him to use and I’m sure McAdoo will find a way to utilize every single one. Imagine what Manning could do in year two.
McAdoo’s offense is focused on short passes, screens and running the ball down the opponent’s throat. The Giants are set and ready to do just that, but there has to be some overachieving by the offensive line. If the Giants’ line manages to do that, the sky is the limit for this team.
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