With 10 Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices now in the books, the new-look New York Giants offense is beginning to round into shape … albeit slowly.
Although they've had moments where everything clicked, head coach Tom Coughlin says the progress has still been expectedly slow, but also noted he's seen a steady improvement. And while he can't extend or add practices under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), he plans to counter that with extended meetings when the team returns next week for mandatory mini-camp.
"It’s slow, to be honest with you. Progress is slow but steady. Some days, of course, are better than others. But, you know, we’re getting there. We’re getting there," Coughlin said. "There’s a lot of things that have to be converted in the guys who have been here, in their minds and the new people who have not been in a system such as this, you’ve got a lot to learn. It’s a work in progress."
While Coughlin feels the progress has been slow, some of the wide receivers believe the new offense has been a godsend. In the past, they've struggled with communication and a multitude of pre-snaps reads — an issue that specifically plagued Rueben Randle a season ago — but in the new offense, it's one singular route and nothing more.
"The communication is there, we just want to make sure we’re all on the same page," Randle said. "Even though we’re picking up on it pretty well, there’s still a lot we could work on and get better at. … It’s just really the terminology that was the difference, hearing something that in the last offense was something different and in this offense is something different so you have to train your mind to get back on track."
Randle isn't the only wideout loving the new system, as Jerrel Jernigan feels right at home with Ben McAdoo's format. It reminds him of the four- and five-wide receivers sets he ran at Troy. But, like Randle, he admits the trick is learning all of the new language and terminology.
"Yeah, pretty much everybody’s still learning," Jernigan said. "Coach Ben [McAdoo] has been going over everything with us when it’s necessary. He tells us what we’re doing wrong so everybody is still learning."
From the sounds of things, it's mostly a mental adaptation. And so long as the Giants are able to stuff their brands by the time Week 1 begins, they should be A-OK in terms of running a functioning and successful offensive system.
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