NY Giants Flaws Exposed in Ugly Loss to Ravens
The NY Giants need to gut their entire pass-catching group of players.
The NY Giants might have the worst receivers in the entire NFL.
The receivers and tight ends are a big reason why this is by far the worst Giants’ offense in 20 years. Not a single season compares to this one in terms of a lack of talent and a lack of production from both pass-catching position groups.
This is the first season in a long, long time the Giants have zero top-level talent or any home run hitters on offense. There is zero spark in this offense, they are exceptionally good at getting 10-20 yard drives that last 1-2 minutes, and then sending the tired defense back on the field with awful field position and then lets up more points.
This has been the Giants recipe of “playing football” for three consecutive weeks.
This offense has shown zero heart, progress, or even a glimpse of hope in over a calendar month. Every Giants offense of the last decade-plus had a gamebreaker in Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, and Hakeem Nicks. This team has never been more devoid of competent talent at receiver and tight end.
Eli Manning was also always Mr. Reliable and the definition of consistency in terms of availability as displayed by his ironman 210 game streak of starting. Daniel Jones has now missed two separate sequences of multiple games in his two years since taking over from Manning.
Despite all this, it’s abundantly clear this team is going nowhere with a receiving core of Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Tate, Evan Engram, and Kaden Smith. All five players have massively failed to live up to their abilities and expectations this year. Tate will be easy to move on from, but the rest are likely here to stay for next season. Not one of these players should be every-down starters let alone even guys you can barely rely on to make plays in key spots or consistently pick up even 40-50 yards.
These five players create no separation, they can’t make contested catches, and they offer no threat on 2nd or 3rd down. Defenses have made a living all year with 7 and 8 men in the box with man coverage on the three or four guys who run downfield. Opposing teams have zero respect for the Giants’ group of pass-catchers and they know damn well they can feast on the Giants’ offense by playing man on the three receivers and blitzing 6,7, or 8 guys.
This disastrous combination has given the Giants no shot to succeed on offense. The poor playcalling by Jason Garrett has not helped at all, but the receivers and tight ends haven’t made nearly enough plays when the ball has come their way both short of the sticks and shots deeper downfield.