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Offense takes Giant step back
Last year, the New York Giants defense received a lot of love and a lot of money to rebuild a shattered unit. After striking gold in free agency, Giants general manager Jerry Reese is hoping to do so again for an offensive unit that vastly underperformed despite having most of the same personnel in the same system and under the same play-caller.
A top-10 unit last season in scoring (6th), passing (7th) and overall offense (8th), the Giants, fell to 26th, 17th and 25th in scoring, passing and overall offense respectively, this despite upgrading their receiving corps and remaining relatively healthy on the offensive side of the ball.
"I think it is a little bit of a mystery about that," Reese said when asked why the offense struggled the way it did all season. "I thought that the offense would definitely come in and be able to score more points than we did. I thought that we had some yards, but we settled for three points too many times."
And so Reese finds himself with yet another renovation project on his hands that's expected to touch every position on the offense.
Unlike the defensive reconstruction, the challenge on offense will be balancing building up the underperforming units to complement a 36-year-old quarterback in Eli Manning who maybe has two or three years remaining assuming he doesn't see his iron-man streak end.
"Obviously, you can't do everything in one year, or one draft, or one free agency period," Reese said when asked about the offense's shortcomings and whether he was confident that he could solve most, if not all the unit's issues this offseason.
"We have things that we can build on. We want to continue to build on every position and upgrade where we can, and build as strong a football team as we can, moving forward."