With Odell Beckham Jr. now back in pads and practicing for the New York Giants after a nagging hamstring injury kept him on the sidelines for the better part of three weeks, he's now making his presence felt … especially with his words
The Giants' first-round pick, who was brought in to be the much younger and hopefully better replacement option to the departed Hakeem Nicks that had two lackluster seasons following Super Bowl XLVI, feels that the Giants not only will have a good offense, but one of the better units in the entire league.
"It has potential to be, if not the best, one of the best in the league if you have a receiving corps like we do and a great quarterback along with the backfield and the tight ends and much improvement from the offensive line," Beckham Jr. stated. "I don't see anything but being one of the best in the league this year."
After last year, fans might hear those words and grumble especially after the year the Giants had, but that team is long gone now, as was the former offensive coordinator of that group in Kevin Gilbride and now in is Ben McAdoo, so there could be some hope that he brings some of the innovative ideas and winning magic from the Green Bay Packers that he got from Mike McCarthy and brings them to New York and for Eli Manning.
Thus far, the Giants offense hasn't exactly been lighting it up on the scoreboard; 37 points in two games, but with a new offense being ran by a different coordinator, it's going to take some time to get fully adjusted to everything, which is what the preseason is for anyway.
"The biggest challenge is time," McAdoo said Tuesday, speaking for the first time at training camp. "Some things happened the other night for the first time for these guys. The first time they saw certain looks. You just have to teach off of it, they have to grow and learn and you have to move on. Obviously when you take a look at the first four drives from the last game, we didn't have much rhythm.
"We didn't execute the way we're capable of . . . we didn't have a chance to throw the ball on the first four drives, but we're not going to walk around with our heads down because of it."
If anything, the best thing the Giants offense can do is cut down on the turnovers; Manning had a career high 27 interceptions last season (although a good portion of them can be faulted for his teammates not doing their jobs) and thus far, the quarterback himself has only had one with no interceptions, so that is at least a step in the right direction. Cutting down the turnovers can go a far way into making sure the Giants offense, which in 2012 was ranked extremely high, can be much better in 2014 after a disastrous 2013.
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