New York Giants: New Offensive Scheme Will Lead To A Dominant Season By Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants have one of the NFL’s most talented players on their roster. The second overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, Saquon Barkley, is one of the NFL’s up and coming stars and, in only two seasons, he is one of the top running backs in the league.

Barkley, nicknamed “Saquads” for his massive leg muscles, is a superhuman athlete. Saquon’s offseason workouts recently made waves on the internet:

Since the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley, they have found little success in the win-loss column. Barkley has been a human highlight reel but his incredible performances have rarely led to team victories.

An Injury-Riddled 2019

Saquon Barkley was nearly unstoppable as a rookie in 2018. In his first season, Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 total yards from scrimmage. He also racked up 15 total touchdowns. Saquon’s main job is to run the football, yet he still managed to break a Giants franchise record with 91 receptions in his rookie season.

Giants fans did not see that same version of Saquon Barkley in 2019. In the team’s Week 3 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saquon suffered a high ankle sprain that would keep him sidelined for three games. Upon his return to the starting lineup, Saquon struggled to replicate his prior success.

Even though he missed three games in 2019, Saquon Barkley still managed to top 1,000 rushing yards on the season. But it was not hard to notice that Saquon was not at full health during the 2019 season. Saquon admitted this offseason that the injury nagged him and kept him from performing at his highest level.

“In the first game I came back I ran a rush to the right side of the field and I kinda got rolled up on it again,” Barkley said. “Luckily it was wet, it was a rainy game, so I didn’t get stuck on anything but it was just nagging. It happens.

“It was tough to deal with. Once we got to the offseason and I got some time to myself to work on it and be happy with it, it made me feel a lot better.” – Saquon Barkley on his 2019 injury

A New And Improved Scheme In 2020

Saquon Barkley was not only held back by his ankle injury in 2019. He was also held back by the Giants’ offensive scheme. Former head coach Pat Shurmur served as the team’s play-caller on offense. Considering Shurmur was fired after this past season, it is safe to say he was not doing the best possible job as the team’s play-caller.

Pat Shurmur’s rushing offense was bland. When a coach has a back like Saquon Barkley on his roster, it is the coach’s job to call plays that maximize the back’s talents. One way that some of the best NFL teams get the most out of their running backs is through the use of pre-snap motion. Teams with top rushing offenses, like the Ravens, Chargers, Rams, and 49ers, use pre-snap motion a high percentage of the time. All these teams rank in the top-ten team rates of motion at the snap for the 2019 season.

The New York Giants’ offense ranked on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Giants emplored pre-snap motion on 5% of their offensive snaps, ranking 27th in the NFL. While pre-snap motion does correlate to rushing success, the Dallas Cowboys’ offense did not feature pre-snap motion enough to rank them in the top-ten. However, they were not in the bottom ten either. Jason Garrett’s offense does feature more pre-snap motion than Pat Shurmur’s did, but he still does not use pre-snap motion at an extremely high rate.

One area wherein Jason Garrett will help the Giants’ rushing offense is the diversity of the rushing direction. The Giants ran the ball up the middle 63% of the time in 2019, one of the highest rates in the NFL. The Cowboys ran the ball up the middle 50% of the time, one of the lowest rates in the NFL. The Cowboys ran the ball off the left tackle at one of the highest rates. Compared to league averages, Dallas ran the ball off the right end, right tackle, and left tackle at a higher rate than average. They ran the ball up the middle and to the left end at a below-average rate.

The Giants ran the ball off the left tackle at one of the lowest rates in the NFL last season, another opposite to the Cowboys’ rushing scheme. The Giants ran the ball to the left end only 5% of the time. They ran the ball to the left tackle, left end, and right end at a below-average rate. They were well above average in their rushing percentage up the middle and also well above average in their run percentage off the right tackle.

Saquon Barkley is one of the hardest players to tackle in the NFL. Very rarely does a defender tackle Saquon Barkley in a one-on-one, open field situation. Barkley is a professional ankle-breaker. For this reason, the Giants would be wise to run the ball outside and get Saquon out in space. Shurmur preferred to shove Barkley down the middle of the defenses’ throats. In 2020, the Giants will run the ball outside more often. This will lead to a breakout season from Saquon Barkley.

New York Giants: Expect A Slow Start And Strong Finish In 2020

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants have rebuilt their roster and coaching staff once again. They fired Pat Shurmur and hired new head coach Joe Judge as his replacement. Judge constructed an experienced coaching staff full of like-minded individuals. Judge has many previous connections with the members of his staff, whether that be from Alabama or New England.

Now the youthful New York Giants will enter the 2020 season with brand new offensive and defensive schemes, along with a new locker room culture. There is a lot to be excited about. Daniel Jones is entering his second NFL season with a new and improved offensive line and offensive coordinator. Along with a fully healthy Saquon Barkley, there are many reasons to believe the Giants’ offense will be successful this season.

The same goes for the defensive side of the ball. The Giants have built a talented secondary with standout names such as Xavier McKinney, Jabrill Peppers, and James Bradberry. Combine that with the new, man-coverage and blitz-heavy defensive scheme from Patrick Graham, and there are reasons to believe the Giants’ defense will be a vastly improved unit.

I believe the Giants will see improvement in 2020. There was a lot of talent acquired this offseason and I believe Joe Judge and his staff will be a major improvement. However, I do not see the Giants achieving overnight success. This has been a historically tumultuous offseason, and even with all these improvements, the Giants are going to get off to a slow start in 2020.

Getting Up To Speed

The New York Giants have a completely new coaching staff entering the 2020 NFL season. Both sides of the ball will need to grow accustomed to the way the men in charge run things. There are new playbooks to be learned and mastered. All of this needs to be done despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is keeping players and coaches separated.

One would hope that the team has any inconsistencies ironed out by the time the season begins. Whether the timing on some route combinations is a second off or the disguise on some blitzes is too complex, there are going to be hiccups for this young New York Giants team. Even with a full offseason and no pandemic, there would still be hiccups.

The Giants are new and improved. But they might not play like it until the end of the season. Joe Judge has been dealt a really bad hand. He has seen two of his players get arrested this offseason and has had to work through the internet due to a world pandemic. Every team has to deal with the stress of coronavirus, but not every team has to deal with such a challenge with a rookie head coach. The Giants will work through these challenges but expect to see numerous hiccups along the way.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Hosts Workout With Receivers In Texas

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants have a true leader in their newest franchise quarterback. After sixteen years with the legend Eli Manning, the Giants began a new chapter in 2019. Daniel Jones is now the face of the New York Giants, and so far, he has shown admirable leadership qualities.

Eli Manning’s offseason workouts at Duke were an annual tradition. Every year, Manning would rally the troops together and conduct workouts with Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. Daniel Jones is working hard to continue this tradition, though in a slightly different way.

The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for professional sports to conduct offseason activities. Teams have been conducting minicamps virtually. Recently, though, things have begun to ease up. More and more states are reopening or partially reopening and moving into their first phases of return to normal life. Along with this, Daniel Jones has conducted some offseason training with his teammates.

The Texas Workouts

Daniel Jones “organized an off-site throwing and catching program with his skill players” the past two weeks. Jones and company came together in Austin, Texas, to get some work in. The Giants’ training facility is closed because of COVID-19, so The Giants players needed to find another location to practice.

According to the New York Post, “the arrangements were helped along by Colt McCoy,” who used his strong connections with his alma mater (University of Texas) to help Daniel Jones arrange these training sessions.

There was “a pretty good group of guys” in attendance. Among those guys includes wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton and tight end Kaden Smith. Additionally, Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate, Jonathan Hilliman, and Corey Coleman joined the quarterbacks in Texas. The Post also reports that there were “as many as 15-20 players participating at various points in time.”

The Giants have a new offense to learn this year. Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was hired this offseason to serve as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. The players in Texas spent time running routes designed by Garrett and discussing the concepts in the passing game.

This is one of many moments where Daniel Jones has already established himself as a leader of this football team. Last week, the 23-year-old released a statement in support of his teammates and the Black Lives Matter movement. This week, Jones has brought his teammates together to focus on football and preparing for the 2020 NFL season.

The Giants’ quarterback is a leader. At only 23-years-old, Daniel Jones has already impressed in that regard. On the field and off the field, Jones is proving to be an excellent man and teammate. Giants fans seem to be lucky enough to have another classy individual lead their team into battle once again.

Ex-Giants QB Kerry Collins salivates over Daniel Jones-Jason Garrett connection

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

When a former two-time Pr-Bowler quarterback speaks out on the connection between a young signal collar and an offensive coordinator, it is best to take their opinion seriously. Former New York Giants quarterback Kerry Collins is excited about the connection between Jones and new OC Jason Garrett.

Collins spent five seasons with the Giants from 1999 to 2003, setting Eli Manning up for his Iron Man-like tenure. However, Jones is the next quarterback in a long lineage of success-infused passers (the exception being Dave Brown).

Jones showed exciting potential in his rookie season last year, posting 3027 yards, 24 touchdown passes, 279 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns. However, the Duke product fumbled 18 times and threw 12 interceptions, leading the league in lost fumbles at the position. Nonetheless, his productive numbers or something to work off of, and they represent a much better player in year 2.

Collins believes Garrett will help Jones tremendously in his development and progression of the NFL level. He has the ability but just needs an experienced mentor to guide him through the challenges and physical/mental tests.

“For a young guy like Jones, who has obviously shown a lot of ability, Jason is gonna help him immensely, with everything,” said Collins. “He’s not just gonna be an X’s and O’s guy, he’s gonna talk about that position and what it means to be successful. I’m really excited to see that combination.

“I’m sure Jason is gonna be heavily involved with Daniel’s development,” Collins added. “I just could not think of a better guy to have with Jones right now. His brains, the kind of guy he is, I think that match will be just absolutely phenomenal.”

Garrett has spent over a decade refining his play-calling abilities and learning from some of the best offensive coordinators in the game. While he served as head coach for the Cowboys from 2010 to 2019, Garrett featured as the Cowboys’ OC back in 2007, guiding them to the second-best offense in the NFL and immediately begin interviewing for head-coaching spots. Evidently, he stuck with the Cowboys and fell below a .500 winning percentage just over 10 years.

His knowledge of the game and quarterback position should serve a greater purpose with Jones. Garrett helped develop Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, and the Giants also brought in New England quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski to help aid in his quest to establishing Jones as a franchise quarterback. Big Blue finally has the right coaching pieces in place, but can they put it together? That is the question we will be asking come the regular season.

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman’s Plan Is Finally Starting To Take Shape

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

When Dave Gettleman was hired by the New York Giants in 2017, there were several challenges laid out ahead of him following a two-win season. He was tasked with ushering in a new era for a once-proud franchise. Job one was addressing the quarterback position, as Eli Manning failed to keep the Giants competitive throughout the season. In the 2018 draft, Gettleman ignored the quarterback position until the 4th round. Finally, he selected Kyle Lauletta, who is best remembered for his off-field transgressions rather than on-field progression.

Trading Jason Pierre-Paul in one of his first moves as general manager implied an incoming rebuild. However, by trading for veteran Alec Ogletree, Gettleman seemed to be taking measures toward being competitive with a roster that otherwise was not capable of making a run. 

In 2018, drafting Saquon Barkley was a controversial decision, as he passed up a plethora of quarterbacks who had the physical tools to turn any franchise around. Nonetheless, getting the best player in the draft was an understandable move. What happened next, on the other hand, was not. Failing to surround Barkley, the new face of the franchise, with a talented offensive line was a recipe for disaster. Considering the daunting history of running back longevity, this ignorance was all the more confusing. The lack of a plan was apparent yet again, as the franchise’s new toy was at risk of being run into the ground before the team had a chance to regain relevance. 

Trading fan-favorite Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns was initially an unpopular move, but it has proven to be a shrewd one. Committing to a rebuild by adding talented youngsters Jabril Peppers and the pick that became Dexter Lawrence showed the direction for a franchise in desperate need of a rebuild. 

The signings of Nate Solder and Patrick Omaneh were attempts to rehabilitate the offensive line and pound the ball with Barkley. With Omaneh cut before his first season ended and Solder moving to right tackle two seasons into his record-breaking contract, fans were left to wonder how their general manager would next try to build this unit.

Despite two years of subpar results, owners John Mara and Steve Tisch showed confidence in Gettleman, while exiling head coach Pat Shurmur. It is anyone’s guess how long they will give him going forward.   

With this new life, he sure has taken off running. 

In his third season, he has compiled a roster and coaching staff that puts his biggest investment, Daniel Jones, in a position to succeed. If Jones is going to step up to the task of becoming a franchise quarterback, he now has the pieces around him to prove it. By adding Will Hernandez in 2019, as well as Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart in 2020, Gettleman has committed to getting younger and stronger in front of his franchise QB. One of Jones’ biggest strengths is his ability to stretch the field. He recorded nine touchdown passes of over 20 air yards in his shortened rookie campaign, putting him in a tie for second in the NFL. This makes the protection in front of him essential, as he needs time to find dynamic veteran playmakers Evan Engram, Golden Tate, and Sterling Shepard. Not to mention electric vertical threat Darius Slayton, who is coming off a rookie season highlighted by big plays and a rapport with Jones that indicates he can be the quarterback’s big-play running mate for years to come. 

Gettleman has put together a group that can work cohesively to physically dominate the opposition, leaving the defense exposed to the threat of play-action. This allows Jones to use his legs and scan a field with one-on-one matchups across the board, putting him in a position to succeed. 

Jones struggled with turnovers in his freshman season, which is a significant issue, but being thrust into a situation where he would go on to be sacked 38 times in under 13 full games would make any rookie quarterback uncomfortable. With more time in the pocket, a healthy cast around him, and a full (albeit limited) offseason under his belt, now is the time for Jones to prove that he is the quarterback of the future for the New York Giants.

The addition of Jason Garrett to the offensive coordinator position is a seemingly ideal fit. A young and physical offensive line, paired with a young quarterback surrounded by dangerous playmakers, models Garrett’s old Dallas Cowboys’ rosters. Furthermore, Garrett’s nine seasons as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys make him the perfect voice to guide inexperienced but innovative coach Joe Judge in an attempt to bring the New York Giants back to relevance.

The current model of consistency among NFL Super Bowl winners is building a strong offensive line with a quarterback who limits mistakes. In recent seasons, the Patriots, Chiefs, Niners, and Eagles have all followed this model to build impressive rosters that competed for super bowls. Building a strong offensive line will allow Jones to feel comfortable and improve his decision-making, setting the organization up for consistency at the highest level.

The job is not done yet. Steps need to be taken on the defensive side of the ball, but progress has been made. In spite of a serious hole at the inside linebacker position and a lack of pass rushers, an improved secondary that is highlighted by promising young athletes such as Jabril Peppers, Xavier Mckinney, and James Bradberry offers hope that there is a young foundation budding for years to come. 

Being able to run the ball effectively will increase the time of possession and mask the flaws of the defense. As the old adage goes, the best defense is a good offense, and this will likely be the New York Giants best chance to field a competitive defense in spite of only having a few strong cornerstone defensive players.

As it stands, the Giants are gearing up for a 2021 playoff run. This year will provide tape for the brass to decide where they stand at several key positions. Although the idea of winning the offseason is generally a trap, there is finally hope for Giants fans. 

After two directionless seasons, Dave’s plan is starting to take shape.

New York Giants: Jason Garrett’s offense is 13 years in the making, what should we expect?

New York Giants, Jason Garrett, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley

When the New York Giants initially brought in former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to take over their offense, they likely foreshadowed 10 years’ worth of experience wrapped up into one all-inclusive scheme.

Ultimately, the offense Dallas ran in 2019 brought a modern approach to the game that included many different styles and sets, continuously breeding unpredictability for opposing defenses and allowing Dallas to expose weaknesses.

I can’t imagine the Giants looked at Garrett and asked him to bring his offense from 2013, when he was forced to give up playcalling, rather than asking him to install the system from the number one ranked passing attack with Dallas last season.

“When we came to Dallas in 2007, we wanted to put in a system of offense that was something we would have with us regardless of the players that we had,” Garrett said. “A system that’s comprehensive and flexible to cater to the strengths and weaknesses of our team. The early part of that tenure, I was the play caller and then three other guys were able to do that, but it was our system. It was flexible.”

What should we expect from Garrett, and what units will benefit from him the most?

Well, running back Saquon Barkley will be a focal point, which should be a necessity considering the Giants spent the second overall pick in 2018 on him. Running backs often have shortened careers in the NFL, and utilizing Barkley with a run-first mentality is the reality of their future offense.

Aside from Barkley, I believe the tight end unit will also benefit significantly from Garrett’s style in 12 personnel. Injuries last year to Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram forced the Giants into 11 personnel far too frequently, limiting their offensive efficiency and pushing former head coach Pat Shurmur into a corner with his play-calling tendencies.

Engram will be a focal point in the passing game, we can predict, based on Garrett’s utilization of Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin over the past few years. Kaden Smith also showed plenty of potential, justifying more starting reps in 2020. The Giants also signed blocking specialist Levine Toilolo to replace Ellison, who retired this off-season after suffering a concussion in 2019.

However, the offensive line has been a priority the past few offseasons, having yet to complete the rebuild. The drafting of Andrew Thomas and signing cam Fleming shores up the tackle position. They also added Matt Peart in the third round to develop at right tackle and Shane Lemieux from Oregon to compete at center along with Nick Gates, Spencer Pulley, and Jon Halapio.

If the offensive line can come together, Barkley and the tight ends should benefit. This also translates to success for quarterback Daniel Jones and the wide receiver corps. There’s’ no doubt that Garrett’s system has evolved from almost a decade ago when he gave up play-calling duties, as his general concept remains in place. At the same time, different coordinators helped round out the utilization of specific talents to fit their mold.

“There’s no question it has evolved. There’s no question the language over the years has evolved and grown. But that’s part of the system. You don’t want your system to be stagnant. This is the only way we can do it, this is the only way we can call it. You want it to grow, you want it to be flexible. I think that’s one of the basic premises of the system we’ll put in.”

I believe year one with Garrett should prioritize the installment of a general scheme that works for every player, but 2021 will begin to dive deeper into specific talents and how to game plan with knowledge players on the roster. This is a significant part of the rebuild, and while I don’t expect the Giants to be dominant on offense next season, they’re taking steps in the right direction.

New York Giants: Evan Engram Primed For Breakout Season

New York Giants, Evan Engram

The New York Giants‘ offense is primed for a breakout season in 2020. After two years with head coach Pat Shurmur running the offense, New York is taking a different approach in 2020. The Gmen hired Joe Judge as their next head coach and he assembled a phenomenal coaching staff. Judge made a splash on offense, hiring former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as the team’s next offensive coordinator.

Jason Garrett’s scheme emphasizes the usage of the tight end position. Considering this, if Evan Engram can stay healthy in 2020, he should be in for a breakout season.

Evan Engram’s Health Questions

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The controversial receiving-threat has seen his total number of games played decrease every year. Engram receives plenty of criticism for this.

Many fans criticize Evan Engram for not being able to stay healthy. Evan is a former first-round pick, so the bar of expectations is set pretty high. Part of the expectations includes playing more games than not, and, ideally, playing all sixteen games in a season. Engram has yet to accomplish this.

Evan played in 15 games as a rookie and was dominant, totaling 722 yards and 6 touchdowns. Since then, Engram has not looked the same. In 2018 he saw his number of games played decrease to a total of 11 games. Then, Evan Engram hit a real low point in 2019, playing in 8 games and starting only 6 of them.

Entering his fourth season, what evidence is there that Engram will be able to play a full season? Believe it or not, he might benefit from the impact that coronavirus has had on the NFL’s offseason. COVID-19 has halted life as we know it and could be allowing Engram extra leisure time to rest and heal his foot injury.

Why 2020 Will Be Engram’s Best Season

As long as he can stay healthy, Evan Engram will have his best season in 2020. This offense is set up perfectly for his success. Daniel Jones is entering his second season and will need his best playmakers available to help him take that sophomore leap. Engram will be a big part of that.

Jason Garrett loves to scheme the offense around the tight end position. Giants fans should know this better than anyone, after watching Jason Witten tear our defense apart for over a decade. Hopefully, Garrett can utilize Engram in a similar fashion and make him a staple in the Giants’ offense. Witten once received 147 targets in a season, so maybe an increased number of targets will lead to increased efficiency and production from Evan Engram in his fourth season.

Lance Meadow of Giants.com explained it this way:

“Last season, Evan Engram was on pace for a career year. Through the first five games, he accumulated 33 receptions, 373 yards, and two touchdowns… When you look at the Cowboys offense during Jason Garrett’s tenure, the tight end position played a prominent role in the passing game. Just look at Jason Witten’s production.” – Lance Meadow via Giants.com

Lance also made an excellent point regarding Blake Jarwin’s efficiency in Garrett’s offense:

“While Witten’s stats certainly jump off the page, the same can be said for Blake Jarwin, who is more comparable to Engram in terms of build and athleticism. With Witten taking a backseat to Jarwin in each of the last two seasons, the latter emerged as a notable playmaker with his targets, receptions and receiving yards increasing from 2018 to 2019. Jarwin’s usage and emergence is an encouraging sign for Engram.” – Lance Meadow via Giants.com

All Evan Engram has to do is stay healthy. If he can do that, under Jason Garrett in 2020, he can breakout and become one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

Why the New York Giants’ offensive scheme could either be a home run or a bust

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants will turn over their entire offensive scheme this off-season, forcing players like Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley to learn yet another operation. Barkley stated he feels like a rookie again, having to adapt once more.

However, this might be a good thing, considering how poorly Pat Shurmur’s offense performed in 2019. Former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is bringing his experience and knowledge to the Giants as their offensive coordinator, despite giving up playcalling duties in 2013. Garrett originally began calling plays in 2007, but his offense never ranked lower than 13th in total yards.

Jerry Jones moved Garrett to a more walk-around head coach, allowing him to manage the entire team instead of taking his focus away toward the offensive unit. Jones had previously stated that Garrett giving up playcalling had been in the works since 2010. With that being said, the Giants are gaining an experienced coach who can bring 10 years of wisdom to New York.

The hope is that Garrett learned a thing or two from Kellen Moore and his system in 2019. Moore helped build and realize the number one passing attack in all the football, something the Giants could desperately use moving forward.

Here is how Joe Judge described the implementation of Garrett’s offense on Thursday’s Zoom call :

“I think schematically, the easiest way to describe it to the outside world right now is it’s going to be similarly based off what Jason’s done in Dallas over the last 10 or so years,” Judge said. “There are going to be some similarities carried over from that, but it has to cater to our players we have on our roster currently.”

Of course, the players already on the roster will have to learn another offense, and Jones is getting the Eli Manning treatment to start his career. Having a poor offensive line in his rookie season and then having to learn a new offense certainly isn’t the ideal way to start your career.

Now, the New York Giants have allocated resources toward his protection scheme and bolstering the unit to give Jones more time in the pocket.

Saquon Barkley, on the other hand, will have to adapt his running style and begin to learn the new tendencies of the offensive lineman. The belief is that the Giants will utilize 12 personnel often and pulling lineman across the formation in the run game.

Barkley plans to get in touch with Ezekiel Elliott to discuss how Jason Garrett’s offense might work:

“I actually haven’t contacted Zeke yet. That’s something that I do plan on doing,” Barkley said. “I kind of want to dissect it and get the system down myself and then get to Zeke and see what he was doing here, what he was doing there, because it’s kind of like with anything. Obviously there [is] some basic stuff that you learn and the big stuff that you’ve got to be able to do, but at the end of the day, there’s some stuff that you’ve got to do as a football player and become great and use your creativity. I’ll definitely use him and try to learn from him to see what he was able to do.”

The concept here is to create diversity and unpredictability. Barkley, following a lead blocking guard like Kevin Zeitler or Will Hernandez, seems like a very good idea. There will be many intricacies to Garrett’s offense, but we should expect a heavy dosage of running the football.

Ultimately, the entire scheme has the potential to be fantastic or a complete bust under Garrett — it all relies on what he favors and if he learned from the Cowboys’ successes last season. The offense will be extremely diverse and ever-changing based on the matchup. Here’s a fascinating breakdown of how Moore’s offense was used in the first 3 weeks of the 2019 season, per SI.

Through three weeks, Moore looks like a great teacher. In Week 1 the Cowboys lit up the Giants with a barrage of pre-snap motions, intersecting routes and post-snap jet-and-orbit motion. In Week 2 at Washington, the Cowboys scaled back a step or two, using more of the spread 2×2 concepts they’d run under Linehan, perhaps in an effort to exploit the Redskins’ zone coverages. (Spread your offense and you widen a defense’s zone voids.) In Week 3 against Miami, Dallas showed more pre-snap movement and a host of multi-level crossing routes inside, high-lowing Dolphins underneath defenders across the middle of the field. Their execution was good, not great, which for that game was more than enough. Overall, given the volume of new things the players are being asked to do, Dallas’s offense looks very buttoned up.

New York Giants: 3 offensive breakout candidates for the 2020 season

The New York Giants‘ offense is primed for a breakout season in 2020. After two years with head coach Pat Shurmur running the offense, New York is taking a different approach in 2020. The Gmen hired Joe Judge as their next head coach and he assembled a phenomenal coaching staff. Judge made a splash on offense, hiring former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as the team’s next offensive coordinator. With a new scheme in place, who on the Giants’ roster is primed for a breakout season in 2020?

Darius Slayton

Some might argue that Darius Slayton already broke out in his rookie 2019 season. But I will argue that Slayton has an opportunity to take his game to the next level in 2020. Darius saw his role increase week by week in the 2019 offensive game plan. In 2020, with a more reliable coordinator in Jason Garrett, Slayton will be featured in a prominent role.

Darius Slayton finished his rookie season with 48 receptions on 84 targets, totaling 740 yards and an impressive 8 touchdowns. Slayton’s knack for finding the end zone makes him a playmaking threat in the Giants’ new offense. Jason Garrett’s offense typically relies on an outside receiving threat, such as Dez Bryant and Michael Gallup. At 6-1, 190 pounds, Slayton can effectively fill that role.

Evan Engram

Evan Engram is another player that fans could argue has already had a breakout season. But has he really? Sure, Engram was dominant in his rookie season, totaling 722 yards and 6 touchdowns. But, in that season, Engram received 155 targets because, believe it or not, he was the only player on offense that could stay healthy. This was during that dreaded 3-13 2017 season that saw Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard all miss significant time with injuries.

Since then, Engram has not looked the same. He is now known amongst the Giants fan base as the super talented player that cannot stay healthy. He has yet to play 16 games in a season and has seen his total games played decrease each year. Evan Engram hit a real low point in 2019, playing in 8 games and starting only 6 of them.

But once again, the arrival of Jason Garrett bodes well for Evan’s future. Garrett loves utilizing the tight end position. Giants fans should know this better than anyone, after watching Jason Witten tear our defense apart for over a decade. Hopefully, Garrett can utilize Engram in a similar fashion and make him a staple in the Giants’ offense. Witten once received 147 targets in a season, so maybe an increased number of targets will lead to increased efficiency and production from Evan Engram in his fourth season.

Kaden Smith

So what if I am wrong and 2020 is not the year that Evan Engram finally plays 16 games and breaks out? Well, then, expect to see backup tight end Kaden Smith have a breakout season.

Kaden Smith was one of Daniel Jones’s favorite targets towards the end of the 2019 season. He was given the opportunity to start in the final 6 weeks of the 2019 season and was impressive, hauling in 30 receptions for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns to end the year.

One could argue that Smith is actually a better fit in Jason Garrett’s offense. Kaden is known as a solid blocker from the tight end position and has a playing style more similar to Jason Witten than Evan Engram does. Engram will be used in a more versatile role, but Smith could end up being a mini-Witten of sorts. He has that big strong body, he is durable, and he can block as well as he can catch. Even if Evan Engram stays healthy this season, there is a good chance that Kaden Smith’s compatibility in Garrett’s offense leads him into a breakout 2020 season.

The New York Giants hired Jason Garrett for these 3 significant reasons

New York Giants, Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

Taking a look at the factors that lead the New York Giants to hire Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator:

When the New York Giants hired Jason Garrett as their new offensive coordinator, most were perplexed at the decision. While the initial emotions were negative, realizing that Garrett has been a head coach in the NFL since 2011 should provide some solace in the idea. He brings an exorbitant amount of knowledge with him to Big Blue, where he backed up Kerry Collins back in 2000.

He spent two years on the Giants before being released and then re-signed on July 24 of 2002. Garrett was never a starting quarterback in the NFL, but he’s soaked up as much knowledge as he could to eventually become the quarterback’s coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2005. He spent six years refining his craft and eventually reaching the head coach position six years later.

Here’s a look at some of the reasons why the Giants invested in him as their new offense of coordinators:

1.) A modern offense with similar tendencies to the 2019 Dallas’ unit

First of all, the Dallas Cowboys had the number one ranked passing attack in the NFL last year. They were first in total yards, second in passing, fifth in rushing, sixth in scoring, and ranked second in third-down conversions.

Most of these impressive statistics are derived and implemented by Kellen Moore, who was a first-year offensive coordinator with the team. The hope is that Garrett gained wisdom from Moore and his thought process on the modern-day offense, which will hopefully translate over to the New York Giants. This is a major reason they invested in his talents and Joe Judge stated exactly that in his press conference via zoom on Tuesday.

2.) Familiarity with being a head coach to help Joe Judge adapt

Having spent nine seasons as a head coach in the NFL, Garrett knows a thing or two about the ins and outs of the job. He will help Judge become acclimated to the position and what it requires in terms of activity and preparation. While Garrett was never overly successful with the Cowboys, there are small intricate details that Judge would otherwise take longer to grasp.

3.) Familiar with the Giants organization and the NFC East

Garrett’s familiarity with the NFC East gives him another boost. Having played the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and the Giants twice per year for the last nine seasons, he understands how the division works and what it takes to get to the top of it. He has a few young pieces in Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley to utilize, which should breed excitement if he can replicate the same offensive concepts he used last season in Dallas.