New York Giants: Sterling Shepard gives peak into new offensive scheme

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The New York Giants’ offense has been one of the worst in the league for the past few seasons, but the hope is they will provide more production and efficiency moving forward under the leadership of Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll.

Daboll is coming from a Buffalo Bills offense that ranked 5th in yards per game last season and 3rd in points per game. New offensive coordinator Mike Kafka contributed toward the 4th best offense with the Kansas City Chiefs. They averaged 28.2 points per game. However, they were two slots ahead at 3rd overall in yards per game.

Clearly, the Giants made some significant improvements to their coaching staff to propel their offense into the modern ages. Former coordinator, Jason Garrett, seemed to be utilizing Norv Turner’s system from 2004, which severely limited Daniel Jones’s capabilities under center.

One of the biggest transitions for the Giants’ offense will be the inclusion of pre-snap motion. Veteran receiver Sterling Shepard is known for his agility and ability to shift defenders at the line of scrimmage, but even he is overwhelmed by the amount of motion the new coaching staff has implemented.

“Moving parts all day long,” receiver Sterling Shepard said on the Giants Huddle podcast, via the team’s official website. “It kind of gets overwhelming whenever you look at the motion list, too. They have it broken down on our [tablets], so when you look at the motion list, it’s so many different motions that you can do. It’ll be good getting a lot of our playmakers moving around. It’s going to be tough on defenses.”

Shepard tore his Achilles in the last game of the 2021 season. He’s expected to make a full recovery and return at some point in 2022. That is partially why the Giants drafted Wan’Dale Robinson out of Kentucky. He offers a shifty receiver who can also be an extension to the running game.

“It has potential for a lot of big plays, and it has some fancy plays in there as well,” Shepard said. “I think the fans will love it. We’ve just got to keep doing our part and putting in work.”

The New York Giants added a lot more flash to their scheme:

The Giants need a bit more flash and creativity on the offensive side, which is what Shepard expects. However, manufacturing production with more basic concepts is also a great way to add yardage to your quarterback’s statistics.

Looking at how many attempts both Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes had last year behind a lot of scrimmage, we should expect to see a far more dynamic screen game with better blocking out front.

The Giants prioritized rebuilding the offensive line. They added big blockers like Evan Neal and Mark Glowinski to the right side of the unit. This will help Jones as a pocket passer but also contribute toward better running lanes for Saquon Barkley.

The system will be modernized, but there will be an adjustment period for the offense, especially after last year’s disappointment.

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