5 underrated New York Giants to watch for in 2018
Rhett Ellison, TE
If I see the New York Giants continually rely on standard “11-personnel package” (one RB, one TE, three WRs), then I’m going to pull my hair out. Luckily, the G-Men mixed things up in the middle of last season—likely because most of their receivers got hurt.
The previous year, no team in the NFL used and abused 11-personnel more than New York. According to Football Outsiders, the Giants lined up in the setup a league-high 91.6 percent of the time.
Don’t expect the same to happen in head coach Pat Shurmur’s offense.
There is a lot of skill-position depth on the offensive side and each guy can do something different.
Rhett Ellison can play full-back and tight end and blast holes wide open in the run game. If he needs to, the former Viking can catch passes as well.
The door is open for two tight end sets and power looks to utilize play action and keep opposing defenses guessing.
Week 14 against Dallas was a perfect example:
Don’t expect Shurmur to leave plays like that out—especially on short yardage and goal-line situations.