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, per Jordan Ranaan of ESPN. That, of course,
confirms something we have been telling you to expect for the past several
days.Brown, awarded to the Giants on waivers during the bye week, will be the
ninth offensive lineman to start for the team this season. When Brown lines up
at right guard Monday against the San Francisco 49ers this will be the fifth
starting offensive line for the Giants in nine games.We know that the initial
offensive line rebuild by GM Dave Gettleman didn’t go well. Two of the players
in the Week 1 starting lineup (Ereck Flowers and Patrick Omameh) are no longer
with the team and a third, center Jon Halapio, has been on IR since breaking his
ankle in Week 2. One of the truly interesting things about the final eight games
for the Giants is that there is a chance that this new, rebuilt on the fly
offensive line, could provide them some answers long term. Let’s take a look.LT
Nate SolderOK, let’s all agree. Solder is not living up to his four-year, $62
million contract. By annual salary ($15.5 million) he is the second-highest paid
left tackle in the league. He’s, umm, not the second-best offensive tackle in
the league. Far from it.He is also not horrible. Despite whatever the narrative
has been.Among 58 qualifying offensive tackles, Pro Football Focus has Solder
ranked No. 38 in pass blocking efficiency. Twenty-two tackles have given up more
pressures than the 20 Solder has surrendered. For what it’s worth Solder and
Andrew Whitworth have identical pass blocking effiency scores and have given up
the same number of pressures.Solder allowed only six sacks all of last year, so
having given up that many in half a season isn’t good. The rest of his numbers,
though, are all in line with what he’s done throughout his career.The
30-year-old figures to be the left tackle in 2019, as well.LG Will Hernandez The
second-round pick is a solid building block for the Giants. He currently is the
ninth-graded guard in the league, per Pro Football Focus. The five sacks he has
allowed are too many, second-worst in the league, but Hernandez is 24th overall
in pressures allowed with 13. His future is bright.C Spencer Pulley Here is
where things start to get interesting. The 25-year-old Pulley started 16 games
for the Los Angeles Chargers a season ago and was awarded to the Giants on
waivers at the beginning of the season.Pulley started the final two games for
the Giants before the bye.“I think he’s done a good job. He’s a natural center,
he’s a little leaner than guys that play guard. He started last year the whole
season at center, so he’s got experience,” said head coach Pat Shurmur. “He’s
smart; you need more than a fishing license to get into Vanderbilt. He’s a smart
guy, he understands football, and he’s doing a good job of directing us.”The
Giants’ handling of the center position this season, from not trying to keep
Weston Richburg in free agency to giving the starting job to Halapio instead of
Brett Jones and ultimately trading Jones, has been curious. If,
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, Pulley shows he can handle the job that could take a
need off the table heading into 2019.RG Jamon BrownThe Giants were extremely
lucky to find the 25-year-old Brown, a 16-game starter on a good Rams team a
year ago, on waivers. They know it.“He’s a big man – a really big man, which I’m
fond of in linemen – and he can move his feet,” Shurmur said. “He was a starter
last year on a team that won more than 10 games, so we were glad he was
available. What we’ve seen to this point, we’re excited about getting him
going.”Brown, in his fourth season, can be a free agent at the end of the
season. If he plays reasonably well over the last half of the season, though,
it’s not hard to picture the Giants giving him a healthy contract to stick
around — taking yet another need off the table.RT Chad WheelerRight tackle
figured to be the major sore spot on the line entering the season, and even with
Flowers now in Jacksonville it still is.Wheeler has the third-lowest pass
blocking efficiency score among 58 qualifying tackles and 10 of the 11 tackles
who have surrendered more pass pressures have also played in more games.The
Giants signed Brian Mihalik in September. He figures to get a chance at some
point. If he doesn’t, that’s probably more of an indictment of Mihalik than an
endorsement of Wheeler.This is a spot the Giants will almost certainly look to
upgrade in the offseason.No one is blameless for Giants’ offensive struggles A
4.5 yards per play average isn’t how the New York Giants offense was supposed to
go. But that’s where they sit — 29th in the NFL — through two weeks of the 2018
season. The Giants are 27th in yards per drive and 30th in points per drive.
What’s made this offense feel even more excruciating is that the Giants also
rank sixth in plays per drive and seventh in time of possession per drive. These
have been long drives that go nowhere.It’s not even that the Giants are gaining
first downs then failing — they’re still 20th in 3-and-outs per drive. They’re
just getting minimal gains at a nearly glacial pace — the Giants are 24th in
seconds per play in non-garbage time. The only teams that have scored less
points than the Giants (28 points) through two weeks are the Buffalo Bills (23)
and Arizona Cardinals (6).FanPulse results from a survey of Giants fans at Big
Blue View. Click here to take our weekly survey!The biggest problem with the
Giants offense right now is there’s not just one problem. There have been
failures across the board.Line strugglesWe can start with the most obvious place
— the offensive line. While the line was bad last season, it only ranked fifth
in pressure rate allowed per Sports Info Solutions tracking from Football
Outsiders because the offense was schemed around getting the ball out quickly
and not allowing pressure to get home. It still didn’t lead to a good offense,
but there was a way around it. This year, the pressure has been getting home —
the Giants rank 25th in pressure rate allowed.It would be one thing if a player
or players were consistently getting beaten one-on-one, but that’s not always
the case. Against the Cowboys, the offensive line was beaten by routine stunts
that should not be issues for an NFL offensive line. It also wasn’t just one
side of the line — the Cowboys were able to take advantage against all five
positions.On this stunt, defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (98) rushed into
Patrick Omameh while Demarcus Lawrence looped inside from the edge. Omameh was
too committed to Crawford and could not pass the tackle off, which left a wide
open gap for Lawrence to get to Eli Manning. With a corner blitz and Saquon
Barkley in to pass block, the Cowboys created free pressure with a five-man rush
against six blockers.Other plays featured other troubling lacks of communication
and execution. On the Damien Wilson strip sack, the Cowboys again brought five
rushers but shifted the line over to the offense’s left. As Demarcus Lawrence
dropped into coverage outside the right tackle, linebackers Jaylon Smith (54)
and Wilson (57) blitzed against the left. The Giants’ line shifted well to pick
up the shifted blitz, except for Will Hernandez, who did not slide to Wilson.
Hernandez reacted way too late and Wilson was already at Manning with the ball
knocked out.First down failuresWe can keep this section brief because we went
into more detail about this last week, but it’s a trend that continued in Week
2. The Giants have continually put themselves in a hole on first down and
through two weeks, no offense has gained fewer yards on average — just 2.55.
Against the Cowboys, the Giants averaged 1.85 yards on first down.Play calls
with little expectation of successBy now you should know about the perils of
running into a stacked box. It’s a bad thing to do. Running a toss to the
outside against a stacked box is even worse, needing more time to set up the run
and in turn leaving more time for defenders to close in on the ball carrier.
That’s what the Giants did on this first down run. The Giants came out in 12
personnel and lined up both receivers and tight ends inside the numbers. That’s
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, but while that works in theory, it doesn’t
in reality. Multiple defenders were able to cut off Barkley for a 1-yard
loss.Later when the Giants got into the red zone, they ran a second down play
that sent only two receivers into routes. It shouldn’t be surprising to hear the
success rate for passing plays decreases as the number of receivers running
routes decreases and expected points added (EPA) for a two-man route is well
below those of three or more.No matter how good Odell Beckham Jr. and even
Sterling Shepard are, they’re not getting open against six defenders in coverage
in an enclosed space.These types of plays aren’t completely derailing the Giant
offense, but they are lapses in logic that are concerning to the overall
structure of the game plan. They’re little things that could lead to bigger
issues.A gun-shy quarterbackIt’s hard to complete passes against pressure and
it’s also hard to think pressure is coming on almost every play. That’s where
Eli Manning is right now and it’s limiting the ceiling of the offense. Saquon
Barkley didn’t get 14 targets against the Cowboys because the Giants wanted to
get him more involved in the passing game. It was because he was the safety net
on a majority of passes when Manning didn’t think there was another option.While
he was correct on some of those passes, there were other times when Manning left
potential big plays on the field. Perhaps the biggest of which was the third and
goal play that followed the above two-man route on second down.Manning got a
clean pocket for an acceptable length of time and in that time, there was a
window to hit Evan Engram on a corner route. Manning looked like he thought
about it, but pulled the ball back. As Manning moved in the pocket, Saquon
Barkley was free and wide open right in front of Manning to the post, but again
the trigger wasn’t pulled. Manning instead tried to scramble from the 11 with a
defender closing in. The result was a 1-yard gain and a massive hit on the
quarterback that could have easily been avoided.The way Manning is handling
pressure is also troublesome. On Taco Charlton’s sack early in the second
quarter, he was a free rusher but Manning added to the sack by turning right
into him. A 24-year-old Eli Manning wouldn’t have gotten away from that sack
with a spin away to his left, never mind a 37-year-old one.With no pressure
coming from the right, Manning could have moved in that direction and had either
the potential to take advantage of a delayed release from Evan Engram or at
least move away from the pressure to throw the ball away.A lack of creativityOne
thing Pat Shurmur was supposed to bring was a more creative offense, one that
would scheme open separation. To this point, that hasn’t really been the case.
There’s been way more isolation routes than would have been expected with
Manning having to sit and wait for someone to get open against man
coverage.That’s taken away from the ways to get Barkley and Odell Beckham in
position to truly succeed. Beckham has been productive with the opportunities
he’s gotten, but there should be more. He only had four targets in the first
half of Sunday night’s game and three of his nine targets didn’t come until the
final drive. By expected points added and win probability added, plays to
Beckham have by far been the best thing about the Giants offense through two
games.Pass plays to/not to Odell Beckham2018 Pass PlaysPlaysEPA (avg)WPA
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Barkley was drafted, Shurmur talked about how important his ability to succeed
in the passing game was going to be for the offene. To an extent that’s been the
case. Barkley is tied for the eighth-most receptions through two weeks (16), but
as we saw on Sunday night, so many have been dump offs and checkdowns that
create little value. Take a look at Barkley’s route chart against Dallas and not
one target came from the slot or the outside, a place where he should be able to
succeed.Through two weeks, Barkley has an average depth of target (aDOT) of 0.2
yards past the line of scrimmage. That’s not where you want a high volume pass
catching running back to be. Of the seven running backs with at least 15 targets
through two weeks, none have an aDOT lower than Barkley’s and only Melvin Gordon
is used as a similar checkdown option.15+ target running
backsPlayerTargetsaDOTPlayerTargetsaDOTsource: airyards.comThere are ways to get
everyone involved in more productive ways, but they will take time and
improvement from just about everywhere on the offense. Unfortunately for the
Giants, that’s not something that’s going to be a quick fix, either.
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