Good Sunday morning. Time for the second half of the two-part weekend Giants mailbag. You can catch up wholesale jerseys on Saturday’s mailbag, which focused on the offensive line, by following this link.
Sunday’s mailbag has a heavy Evan Engram fit, discussing how the first-round tight end will fit in the Giants’ offense, how head coach Ben McAdoo will use him, what Giants may lose snaps due to Engram’s arrival and more cheap No. 88 jersey. Also discussed in the mailbag: Veteran running back LeGarrette Blount, the Giants’ quiet team weaknesses and more.
This is type of realization most Giants fans seem to be making about taking Engram: It will be hard for head coach Ben McAdoo to get everyone on the field at the same time, Evan Engram jersey sale no matter how multiple he claims the cheap Giants jerseys will be.
Engram is going to cut into the snaps that would have cheap nfl jerseys been going to tight end Rhett Ellison and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. However, that doesn’t mean Engram will “limit” Shepard’s role. Probably just tweak it. Shepard could see more snaps on the outside, potentially, when Engram is lined up in the slot. If anything, Ellison probably stands the most to lose snap-wise. The best nfl jerseys Giants have not used two tight ends much under McAdoo, and they may decide to spread cheap jerseys china out more with Engram than go heavy with Ellison in-line.
McAdoo will have a balancing act to manage. He will be able to get Odell Beckham, Engram, Marshall and Shepard all on the field with a four wide package, but then there are pass protection concerns with limited help in the backfield or on the line. Shepard will be impacted by Engram’s arrival, but he shouldn’t be the most impacted.
Don’t think the Giants expect Engram to do much blocking, if any. That aspect of his game (or lack thereof) should have no impact on his role in the offense. His skillset was pretty well-established when the Giants drafted him. Engram is willing to block, which is a good thing, and his blocking on the edge may turn out to be an asset. He’s not an in-line guy, though, and every indication is the Giants won’t push to make him one.
Giants fans have been posting videos of Engram blocking well at Ole Miss in an effort to deny the ‘Engram can’t block’ narrative they claim exists, which is fine. He did have strong blocks in those clips. However, I also point to the fact general manager Jerry Reese, draft boss Marc Ross and McAdoo all were asked multiple questions about his blocking ability on draft night, and no one did much to suggest the Giants have significant blocking plans or hopes for Engram.
Bottom line: The offensive line’s needs shouldn’t be a factor in determining Engram’s playing time or role in the offense. The over/unders for Engram: 45 receptions, 600 yards, six touchdowns.
Smith actually received more guaranteed money than Johnson. Smith received $300,000 in guarantees on his one-year deal, while Johnson got $100,000.
Not that it means much, though – the Giants ate $1.7 million in guaranteed money to cut linebacker Jasper Brinkley last season. Their backup quarterback decision is not going to be swayed in either direction by $200,000.
Smith is the more intriguing player – he’s younger and has more upside – but Johnson is healthier and has a full year in the offense under his belt. It could go either way. Johnson should be considered the slight favorite for now.
The Giants’ defense should be very good again in 2017, but they have some quiet issues. Two that stand out: Pass rush production and cornerback depth.
The pass rush issues are well-documented. The Giants had 35 sacks as a team in 2016 (tied for 14th in the NFL), but defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul combined for 15.5 of those sacks, and the Giants’ defensive backs had over four times more combined sacks (eight) than reserve defensive ends Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn and Odighizuwa, who had 1.5 together. Fifth-round pick Avery Moss was brought in to help the cause, but he has yet to put a helmet on.
As for the cornerbacks: Losing Coty Sensabaugh to the Steelers in free agency was quietly a big blow. They don’t have a proven fourth corner behind starters Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Valentino Blake has been brought in to replace Trevin Wade, but he has struggled at times during his career. Donte Deayon and Michael Hunter were practice squad players last year (Hunter had a brief active roster cameo).
The Giants have some things to figure out behind their big three. Given Apple, Jenkins and Rodgers-Cromartie all missed games last year due to injury, they have to figure them out.
No, the Giants should just let Perkins – and the rest of their running backs – play. McAdoo has placed heavy emphasis on playing young players. Declaring Perkins the starter and then signing Blount to supplant him would not add up. The Giants are said to still be interested in Blount, but he makes more sense for a team like Detroit at this point, unless the Giants can sign him for an absolute song. It’s hard to see Blount taking minimal money for what will likely be a committee role.