2018 NEW YORK GIANTS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

HEAD COACH: Pat Shurmer

RECORD WITH GIANTS: first season

CAREER RECORD: 10 – 23

2017 RECORD: 3 – 13

2017 DIVISIONAL RECORD: 1 – 5

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Mike Shula

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: James Bettcher

STADIUM: MetLife Stadium (82,500)

 

2018 SCHEDULE

September 9 Jacksonville

September 16 at Dallas

September 23 at Houston

September 30 New Orleans

October 7 at Carolina

October 11 Philadelphia

October 22 Atlanta

October 28 Washington

BYE

November 12 at San Francisco

November 18 Tampa Bay

November 25 at Philadelphia

December 2 Chicago

December 9 at Washington

December 16 Tennessee

December 22/23 at Indianapolis

December 30 Dallas

 

2017 RESULTS

Dallas 3 – 19

Detroit 10 – 24

Philadelphia 24 – 27

Tampa Bay 23 – 25

LA Chargers 22 – 27

Denver 23 – 10

Seattle 7 – 24

LA Rams 17 – 51

San Francisco 21 – 31

Kansas City 12 – 9 OT

Washington 10 – 20

Oakland 17 – 24

Dallas 10 – 30

Philadelphia 29 – 34

Arizona 0 – 23

Washington 18 – 10

 

FIVE YEAR WINNING TREND

2013: 7

2014: 6

2015: 6

2016: 11

2017: 3

 

STARTERS RETURNING OFFENSE: 7

STARTERS RETURNING DEFENSE: 6

 

2017 TEAM STATS

OFFENSE

TOTAL: 314.2

RUSHING: 96.8

PASSING: 217.4

SCORING: 15.4

THIRD DOWN%: 32.6

PUNT RETURNS: 5.5

KICK RETURNS: 19.6

 

DEFENSE

TOTAL: 373.2

RUSHING: 120.8

PASSING: 252.4

SCORING: 24.2

INTERCEPTIONS: 13

SACKS: 27

TURNOVER MARGIN: -3

 

2017 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

PASSING: Eli Manning, 352 – 571 –3,468 – 19TD – 13INT

RUSHING: Orleans Darkwa, 171 – 751 – 4.4 – 5TD

RECEIVING: Evan Engram, 64 – 722 – 11.3 – 6TD

TACKLES: Landon Collins, 99

SACKS: Jason Pierre – Paul, 8.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Ross Cockrell, 3

KICKING: Aldrick Rosas, 18 – 25FG, 20 – 23PAT, 74 points

 

2018 NEW YORK DRAFT: GRADE A-

Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State

Will Hernandez, G UTEP

Lorenzo Carter, LB Georgia

BJ Hill, DT North Carolina State

Kyle Lauletta, QB Richmond

RJ McIntosh, DT Miami Florida

 

KEY PLAYER MOVEMENT

ADDITIONS

P Riley Dixon, Denver

DE Kareem Martin, Arizona

LB Alec Ogletree, LA Rams

OT Nate Solder, New England

RB Jonathan Stewart, Carolina

 

LOSSES

RB Orleans Darkwa, free agent

LB Devon Kennard, Detroit

WR Brandon Marshall, free agent

DE Jason Pierre – Paul, Tampa Bay

G Justin Pugh, Arizona

C Weston Richburg, San Francisco

CB D. Rodgers-Cromartie, free agent

P Brad Wing, free agent

 

OFFENSE PREVIEW

Needless to say, but we will, the Giants offense stunk in 2017. They ranked 21st overall in the NFL, 19th in passing and 26th in passing. Oh, and don’t forget, the ranked 31st in scoring. Now with a new coach and a new GM there is nowhere to go but up.

It all starts with veteran QB Eli Manning. Manning is coming off his most frustrating season in 14 years. He went 3-12 as a starter, dealt with a bad offensive line and was surrounded by below average talent. Manning was also sacked 31 times. He did complete 61% of his passes for 3,468 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The Giants front office got Manning some help in the draft by getting Penn State RB Saquan Barkley. Barkley will give the Giants a running attack they haven’t had since the 2011 season. It won’t be surprising to see the Giants hand the ball off to Barkley 25-30 times per game. Last year’s leading rusher Orleans Darkwa left via free agency. Wayne Gallman (476 yards in 2017) will be Barkley’s back-up. Former Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart was signed a free agent to help in short yardage situations. Paul Perkins could be the odd man out.

Manning and company are hoping WR Odell Beckham will be the Odell Beckham of old after ankle surgery. Beckham is considered one of the best receivers in the NFL. If Beckham is healthy, he will be joined by slot receiver Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis, Cody Latimer (FA Broncos) and Marquis Bundy as the primary receiving corps. Shepard came into his own in 2017 with 59 receptions. TE Evan Engram led the Giants in receptions with 64 and will be expected to do more in 2018.

The offensive line needed a major shot in the arm. Nate Solder was signed from New England and will be paid accordingly (highest paid OL lineman). Solder was Tom Brady’s blind-side protector and his presence in the Giants’ offensive line will be huge. Former LT Ereck Flowers will be moved to RT. New York also drafted UTEP guard Will Hernandez and Brett Jones will be the starting center. Former Jacksonville guard Patrick Omameh will bring much needed athleticism and power. Chad Wheeler is an un-proven prospect who could battle for a starting spot at OT.

 

DEFENSE PREVIEW

It is really surprising the Giants were able to win three games last season with this defense. Here were the final numbers…31st in total defense, 27th in rush defense, 31st in pass defense, tied for 27th in scoring and tied for 29th in sacks. How did the Giants go from one of the “best” defenses to the bottom of the heap so quickly? Well, the chemistry was horrible and the talent may have been worse. So the Giants are basically starting over.

They are scrapping the 4-3 in favor of the 3-4. DC James Bettcher wants to have a more aggressive approach in 2018. In order to make that happen, the Giants shipped Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for draft picks. Pierre-Paul was not in New York’s plans in the 3-4. Pierre-Paul was also considered a distraction in the locker room. This defensive front now belongs to Damon Harrison and former Arizona Cardinal edge rusher Kareem Martin (Martin could also play LB). Olivier Vernon is expected to start at linebacker after playing at DE last season. Also expected to get playing time up front will be rookies BJ Hill and RJ McIntosh, veterans Josh Mauro (Arizona), Avery Moss and Kerry Wynn.

With the switch to the 3-4, the Giants will use Vernon as an outside linebacker. Former Ram Alec Ogletree was acquired because he knows the system and will start on the inside. Ogletree is an aggressive linebacker and could lead the Giants in tackles this season. BJ Goodson is expected to start along side Ogletree…if he can stay healthy. Third-round selection Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) is expected to take Vernon’s spot at the strong-side. Look for Romeo Okwara to get playing time at linebacker after switching from DE.

The secondary was expected to be the strength of the defense but ended up being a distraction on and off the field. They gave up way too many big plays and the chemistry was awful. Landon Collins remains the leader of this secondary, but he suffered a fractured forearm late in the season. Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple had a hard time following team rules and served suspensions. The Giants need both corners to have a bounce back 2018. Former Steeler William Gay was signed to provide depth and leadership. Darian Thompson had a disappointing season and eventually lost his starting spot. New York will also give veterans Michael Thomas and Andrew Adams a chance in training camp.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

There wasn’t anything “special” about New York’s special teams in 2017. In fact, they were down right bad! So, like other areas, the Giants needed a “makeover”. New coordinator Thomas McGaughey (Carolina) got rid of punter Brad Wing and brought in former Denver punter Riley Dixon. Also gone is return man Dwyane Harris. Kicker Aldrick Rosas is still in a New York uniform but for how long? Marshall Koehn is also on the roster and will challenge Rosas in camp. With Harris gone the Giants will look to open competition in the return game.

 

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING

New York saw everything go wrong in 2017. Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese were shown the door. Coach Pat Shurmer and new GM Dave Gettleman now must find a way to put this club back together. One area of concern is how long they can count on QB Eli Manning. Manning must stay on his feet this season after getting sacked 31 times in 2017. Signing Nate Solder will make Manning feel better in the pocket. Ereck Flowers may be better suited at RT. Will Hernandez should start right away. Adding Saquon Barkley will give Manning another weapon they truly missed last season. The change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 may help this defense be more aggressive. The linebackers were a mess last season and they will have to be better this year. Alec Ogletree should help solidify this unit. The secondary is better than what they showed in 2017…if they can stay out of trouble. Odell Beckham must return to form as well.

The Giants needed to make changes and they did.

 

PREDICTION

The Giants aren’t a playoff contender yet, but they did upgrade this football team. Much of what happened last season was because of health. The bottom line will be Manning and the offensive line. They appear to be better than last season but they lack depth. With better protection Manning could have a solid season.

 

PROJECTED FINISHED: 4th NFC East

 

2018 ROSTER

Dickerson, Garrett           TE           ACT        6’3″        248        //            0             Northwestern

Durden, Kenneth              DB          ACT        6’1″        180        5/16/1992           1             Youngstown State

Jones, Jarron      OT          ACT        6’6″        320        3/11/1994           1             Notre Dame

2             Rosas, Aldrick     K             ACT        6’2″        195        12/30/1994         2             Southern Oregon

3             Tanney, Alex       QB          ACT        6’4″        220        11/11/1987         3             Monmouth (Ill.)

5             Webb, Davis       QB          ACT        6’5″        229        1/22/1995           2             California

6             Etta-Tawo, Amba             WR         ACT        6’1″        208        11/10/1993         1               Syracuse

8             Shepard, Russell               WR         ACT        6’1″        195        9/17/1990           6             LSU

9             Koehn, Marshall               K             ACT        6’0″        197        8/29/1992           1             Iowa

9             Symmank, Taylor             P             ACT        6’2″        195        10/2/1992           0             Texas Tech

10           Manning, Eli       QB          ACT        6’4″        218        1/3/1981             15           Mississippi

12           Latimer, Cody    WR         ACT        6’2″        215        10/10/1992         5             Indiana

13           Beckham, Odell WR         ACT        5’11”      198        11/5/1992           5             LSU

15           Dixon, Riley        P             ACT        6’4″        221        8/24/1993           3             Syracuse

17           Lauletta, Kyle     QB          ACT        6’3″        191        11/27/1995         0             Richmond

18           Lewis, Roger       WR         ACT        6’0″        196        11/27/1993         3             Bowling Green State

19           Rudolph, Travis  WR         ACT        6’0″        190        9/15/1995           2             Florida State

20           Jenkins, Janoris  DB          ACT        5’10”      198        10/29/1988         7             North Alabama

21           Collins, Landon  DB          ACT        6’0″        225        1/10/1994           4             Alabama

22           Gallman, Wayne               RB          ACT        6’0″        210        10/1/1994           2               Clemson

23           Stewart, Jonathan            RB          ACT        5’10”      240        3/21/1987           11               Oregon

24           Apple, Eli             CB          ACT        6’1″        199        8/9/1995             3             Ohio State

26           Barkley, Saquon RB          UDF       5’11”      233        2/7/1997             0             Penn State

27           Thompson, Darian           DB          ACT        6’1″        213        9/22/1993           3             Boise State

28           Davis, Aaron       CB          ACT        5’11”      194        10/18/1994         0             Georgia

29           Williams, Teddy DB          ACT        6’1″        210        7/3/1988             7             Texas-San Antonio

33           Adams, Andrew DB          ACT        5’11”      202        10/28/1992         3             Connecticut

34           Haley, Grant       DB          ACT        5’9″        185        1/6/1996             0             Penn State

34           Thomas, Michael              DB          ACT        5’11”      195        3/17/1990           6               Stanford

35           Riley, Curtis        CB          ACT        6’0″        190        7/18/1992           4             Fresno State

37           Webb, B.W.        DB          ACT        5’11”      190        5/3/1990             5             William & Mary

38           Chandler, Sean  DB          ACT        5’11”      302        4/27/1996           0             Temple

38           Deayon, Donte’ CB          ACT        5’9″        158        1/28/1994           2             Boise State

39           Lewis-Harris, Chris           DB          ACT        6’1″        198        2/11/1989           5               Tennessee-Chattanooga

41           Simmons, Jalen  RB          ACT        5’8″        220        4/1/1992             1             South Carolina State

43           Smith, Shane      TE           ACT        6’2″        231        8/21/1993           2             San Jose State

44           Herzlich, Mark   LB           ACT        6’4″        246        9/1/1987             8             Boston College

45           Stewart, Orion   DB          ACT        6’2″        205        1/10/1994           1             Baylor

46           Munson, Calvin  LB           ACT        6’1″        245        12/27/1994         2             San Diego State

47           Gay, William       DB          ACT        5’10”      187        1/1/1985             12           Louisville

48           O’Malley, Ryan  TE           ACT        6’6″        260        7/24/1993           2             Pennsylvania

49           Martin, Robert   RB          ACT        5’11”      207        9/4/1995             0             Rutgers

51           DeOssie, Zak       LB           ACT        6’4″        249        5/24/1984           12           Brown

52           Ogletree, Alec    LB           ACT        6’2″        235        9/25/1991           6             Georgia

54           Vernon, Olivier  DE          ACT        6’2″        262        10/7/1990           7             Miami (Fla.)

55           Armstrong, Ray-Ray        LB           ACT        6’3″        220        3/5/1991             6             Miami (Fla.)

57           Armbrister, Thurston      LB           ACT        6’3″        235        12/25/1992         3             Miami (Fla.)

58           Davis, Tae           LB           ACT        6’1″        205        8/14/1996           0             Tennessee-Chattanooga

59           Carter, Lorenzo  LB           ACT        6’6″        243        12/10/1995         0             Georgia

60           Sokoli, Kristjan   OG         ACT        6’5″        300        9/24/1991           2             Buffalo

61           Becton, Nick       OT          ACT        6’6″        322        2/11/1990           4             Virginia Tech

62           Chavis, Tyrell      DT          ACT        6’3″        305        6/15/1994           0             Penn State

62           Cooper, Ethan    OG         ACT        6’2″        322        6/10/1995           1             Indiana

63           Wheeler, Chad   OT          ACT        6’6″        310        1/19/1994           2             USC

64           Banks, Josh         DT          ACT        6’3″        278        6/13/1994           2             Wake Forest

65           Francis, A.J.        DT          ACT        6’5″        337        5/7/1990             3             Maryland

65           Gates, Nick         OG         ACT        6’5″        295        11/27/1995         0             Nebraska

66           Bunche, Malcolm             OG         ACT        6’5″        320        10/16/1991         1             UCLA

67           Brown, Evan       C             ACT        6’2″        302        9/16/1996           0             Southern Methodist

68           Scott, Chris         OG         ACT        6’4″        340        8/4/1987             6             Tennessee

69           Jones, Brett        C             ACT        6’2″        318        7/29/1991           4             Regina (Canada)

70           Omameh, Patrick             OG         ACT        6’4″        327        12/29/1989         6               Michigan

71           Hernandez, Will OG         ACT        6’3″        330        9/2/1995             0             Texas-El Paso

72           Wynn, Kerry       DE          ACT        6’5″        264        2/12/1991           5             Richmond

73           Greco, John        OT          ACT        6’4″        318        3/24/1985           11           Toledo

74           Flowers, Ereck   OT          ACT        6’6″        329        4/25/1994           4             Miami (Fla.)

75           Halapio, Jon       OG         ACT        6’2″        320        6/23/1991           2             Florida

76           Solder, Nate       OT          ACT        6’8″        325        4/12/1988           8             Colorado

77           Jerry, John          OG         ACT        6’5″        340        6/14/1986           9             Mississippi

78           Okwara, Romeo DE          ACT        6’5″        275        6/17/1995           3             Notre Dame

79           Williams, Jordan               DE          ACT        6’4″        276        3/23/1993           1               Tennessee

80           Davis, Jawill        WR         ACT        6’0″        191        4/6/1995             0             Bethune-Cookman

81           Carter, Kyle         TE           ACT        6’3″        245        12/17/1992         1             Penn State

83           Raymond, Kalif  WR         ACT        5’9″        160        8/8/1994             3             Holy Cross

84           Russell, Alonzo   WR         ACT        6’3″        206        9/29/1992           1             Toledo

84           Sharp, Hunter     WR         ACT        5’11”      198        4/25/1994           1             Utah State

85           Ellison, Rhett      RB          ACT        6’5″        250        10/3/1988           7             USC

86           Bundy, Marquis WR         ACT        6’4″        215        8/5/1994             2             New Mexico State

87           Shepard, Sterling              WR         ACT        5’10”      194        2/10/1994           3               Oklahoma

88           Engram, Evan     TE           ACT        6’3″        236        9/2/1994             2             Mississippi

89           Adams, Jerell      TE           ACT        6’5″        247        12/31/1992         3             South Carolina

90           McIntosh, RJ      DT          UDF       6’4″        291        6/2/1996             0             Miami (Fla.)

91           Moss, Avery        DE          ACT        6’3″        265        9/16/1994           2             Youngstown State

93           Goodson, B.J.     LB           ACT        6’0″        242        5/29/1993           3             Clemson

94           Tomlinson, Dalvin            DT          ACT        6’3″        312        2/28/1994           2               Alabama

95           Hill, B.J. DT          ACT        6’3″        311        4/20/1995           0             North Carolina State

96           Martin, Kareem LB           ACT        6’6″        272        2/19/1992           5             North Carolina

97           Mauro, Josh       DE          ACT        6’6″        282        2/17/1991           5             Stanford

98           Harrison, Damon              DT          ACT        6’4″        350        11/29/1988         7               William Penn

99           Thomas, Robert NT          ACT        6’1″        331        2/18/1991           3             Arkansas

 

ACT = Active

RES = Injured reserve

NON = Non football related injured reserve

SUS = Suspended

PUP = Physically unable to perform

UDF = Unsigned draft pick

EXE = Exempt