NFL Network released their list of 2014 mini-camp winners and losers earlier this week, and among the winners was the New York Giants' new-look offense, which made tremendous strides considering the vast overhaul.
Giants' offense: There's reason to be optimistic about a bounce-back season from this unit, now led by coordinator Ben McAdoo. Eli Manning's quick return from ankle surgery is a huge plus during the installation process. Watch out for Rueben Randle, a breakout candidate at wide receiver who could form a potentially lethal combo with Victor Cruz and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. NJ.com noted that Randle made "significant progress" in OTAs and minicamp and "could be primed for a big year." Another positive sign? The Giants are scheming to find different ways to use Randle, who has all the tools to become an Eli favorite.
Despite the positive review courtesy of NFL Network, head coach Tom Coughlin wasn't quite as optimistic about the progress, saying that it was a bit slower than he would have liked, but steady nonetheless.
"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."
Although the progression was a bit slow for Coughlin's liking, even defensive coordinator Perry Fewell implied that when the offense was on, it was scary good. And overall, the unit did see quite a bit of progress despite the limited number of practices. The real issue has been and will continue to be new terminology, but there's still a long way to go before that could be problematic. And by the time the regular season does roll around, barring injuries, the offense should be firing on all cylinders.
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