The New York Giants offense was majorly disappointing in 2020. Their unit ranked second-to-last in the NFL, averaging a putrid 17.5 points per game. The Giants recognized this weakness and worked hard to fix it this offseason. In free agency, the Giants landed two big playmakers in Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph before doubling down with Kadarius Toney in the NFL Draft.
One area where the Giants’ offense struggled, in particular, was the red zone. Their red zone scoring percentage ranked 31st in the league in 2020 at 46.34%. Time and time again, the Giants got into scoring range and failed to convert. NFL teams will not find great success without a competent red zone offense.
The Giants might have found a couple of ways to fix their red zone scoring efficiency in 2021. Of course, their big splash signing in Kenny Golladay will help the team score more points. Golladay led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019. He possesses a huge frame and makes his presence known down near the goal line. Kenny Golladay is a premiere red zone threat. But another Giants signing this offseason will also help fix their struggles in the scoring zone. Kyle Rudolph will play a huge part in fixing the Giants’ red zone offense in 2021.
Kyle Rudolph: a red-zone scoring machine
Kyle Rudolph is arguably the most dependable tight end in the NFL. ‘Ole Reliable Rudolph dropped 1 pass on 167 targets from 2018 to 2020. He’s as sure-handed as NFL players get. Rudolph is durable, too, playing in 92 of 96 games since 2015 for the Vikings. Of Kyle Rudolph’s 48 career touchdown receptions, 40 of them — 83.3 percent — have come in the red zone (Paul Schwartz of the NY Post).
Additionally, Kyle Rudolph’s strength and run-blocking capabilities will factor in on the goal line. The Giants will utilize their typical jumbo-set goal-line packages featuring two or three tight ends this year. Kyle Rudolph will contribute as arguably the Giants’ best run-blocker at the position. So, not only will Rudolph be scoring touchdowns in the red zone, but he will also be helping to create scoring opportunities.
Considering how badly the Giants’ offense struggled in the red zone last season, Kyle Rudolph could have a major impact on the team in 2021. Giving Daniel Jones a reliable receiving threat in the scoring range was crucial for the Giants this offseason and they delivered. The team’s struggles to score should dissipate this season with an influx of weapons on offense, including the red zone scoring machine that is Kyle Rudolph.