The Giants starting offense continued to sputter on Saturday night against the Colts with Eli Manning going 1-for-7 for six yards in his third game in the offense installed by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
There’s definitely concern in the media and among Giants fans about the frigid work that the first team has put in this summer and coach Tom Coughlin called it a “very poor performance”, but Manning is staying on an even keel. He said he felt the team was a few plays away from being OK, including a 50-yard completion to Victor Cruz that Cruz fumbled before being bailed out by another of the preseason’s inescapable illegal contact penalties, and that he wasn’t worried about things coming together.
“No, I don’t worry too much,” Manning said, via the New York Daily News. “Obviously you want to go out there and you want to play well. You feel like you should be able to find completions and do things well. But you can’t get worried at this point in time.”
Rough patches in the new offense were inevitable, but if there’s reason for concern it is that the Giants haven’t made much appreciable progress. There were some near misses, but the offense generally looks as imprecise as it did against the Bills in the Hall of Fame Game and there’s not much time left in the preseason for the starters to work out the kinks unless the Giants opt to give their starters a sizable chunk of time in their final preseason outing.