The New York Giants’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers exposed a lot of weaknesses that previously might have been strengths. The talent on the roster remains in serious question, as three years after general manager Dave Gettleman took over, the organization is continuously taking steps backward. At this point in time, a majority of the fan base is calling for Gettleman to be fired, and rightfully so considering the Giantsâ€™ inability to show positive momentum. Starting off the season with some fight is always enticing, but backing up two weeks of deserve losses with blowout level statistics is not how things should be going in the third year of a rebuild.
Three findings from the New York Giants’ loss to the 49ers:
1.) Kaden Smith’s rep count decreased exponentially
Starting tight end, Evan Engram has been a disaster so far this season, showing an inability to create separation and win his match-ups. His blocking has always been porous, but his receiving has now fallen off a cliff as well.
Through three games, Engram has only 96 yards and zero touchdowns to show. Alternatively, utilizing Kaden Smith in a more comprehensive role makes sense.
Smith, who is a 6-foot-5 and 252-pound tight end, is not only a superior blocker but also has capable hands in the receiving game. He has only been targeted seven times in the passing game, totaling 29 yards. Oddly, his offensive snaps were reduced from 48% to 31% in week three compared to week two. The Giants continue to force the ball to Engram despite his deficiencies.