Each offseason, every NFL team focuses on at least one area in need of an upgrade. So what aspect of the New York Giants is looking better these days?
Training camp begins later this month for all 32 NFL teams. So that means another preview series from End Zone Score. Dating back to early March, we have taken time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers and previewed an up-and-coming player for each franchise.
Contrary to popular opinions, no team in the league is perfect. That’s why there’s a constant search for talent when it comes to this game. Each club has done its best to bolster its roster. So in this instance, we are going to take a glance at each franchise and pinpoint the department in which it made the most strides this offseason. We have already looked at the AFC East. We started the NFC East with the defending champion Dallas Cowboys and now move onto the New York Giants.
You already have one of the best players in the league at his position and he’s paired with a young performer coming off a strong rookie showing. So is it possible that the New York Giants have gotten that much better when it comes to their wide receiving corps?
It is when Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard are joined by the likes of veteran Brandon Marshall. The well-traveled wide receiver will be making his fifth NFL stop. He spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets and was released by the club this offseason. He finished with a team-high 59 catches, good for 788 yards and three scores. The previous season was one of his best, finishing with 109 receptions for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. Marshall’s 941 career receptions ranks 18th in league history.
Of course, he joins the exuberant Beckham, who finished third in the NFL with 101 grabs this past season. The star wideout finished with 1,367 yards and 10 TDs. That was ahead of Shepard, who hauled in 65 of Eli Manning’s throws for 683 yards and eight scores as a rookie. And speaking of debuts, the Giants used a first-round pick this past April on tight end Evan Engram. The 23rd overall pick from Ole Miss has the ability to stretch the field. The rookie gives Manning another big-play option this fall.
The New York Giants slumped down the stretch in 2016 when it came to reaching the end zone. Including the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, the club failed to score at least 20 points in any of their final six outings. Ben McAdoo’s club needs more of a contribution from the ground attack this season. But the additions of Marshall and Engram and the continued development of Shepard makes the aerial game the team’s most improved asset.