Jun 16, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) blocks defensive end George Selvie (93) during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports
1. Better Offensive Line Play
The Cincinnati Bengals have a really strong front seven that creates confusion for the offensive line easily. I am willing to consider that the preseason stumble the Giants had was just a bad start against a quality team. Though the fact that the backups gave the starting unit the same amount of trouble makes it hard to give this benefit of the doubt.
Last week Marshall Newhouse and Weston Richburg specifically had a rough outing. Newhouse was sluggish off the snap of the football and defenders barely had to touch him to get by him. Newhouse needs to perform to his highest potential and he needs to make that a habit. Richburg looked okay at times but his ineffective blocking (and by ineffective blocking I mean non-existent blocking) was a big reason the Giants couldn’t run up the gut.
Overall Flowers looked really good. He did have some problematic plays, such as the one where he got plowed back and his only recourse was an illegal hand to the face move. For a rookie in his first start however it was a very encouraging beginning. The offensive line as a whole though is quite disturbing.
Next: 2. A Well Oiled Machine