Eli Manning says Giants’ offense can be better, even without Odell Beckham

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Don’t tell Eli Manning the Giants’ offense is going to decline without Odell Beckham.

Manning said on NFL Network that the Giants have the potential to have a better offense in 2019 than they had in 2018.

“I think we can be productive and score more points and be a better offense this year,” Manning said.

Manning acknowledged that Beckham is tough to replace, but he said Saquon Barkley may have an even more productive second season, and the Giants’ receiving corps remains strong.

“Odell obviously has that tremendous playmaking ability, he can catch a slant and turn it into a touchdown at any moment,” Manning said. “But I think Saquon, in his second year, the way he came on — he played great in the first half but that second half he was coming on and doing everything. Running the ball, catching the ball, we learned how to use him. I think Sterling Shepard, getting him going, getting Evan Engram playing to his potential, and then Golden Tate, a run-after-catch guy, a playmaker. I think the offensive line we made some additions, bringing in [Kevin} Zeitler at guard and those guys, I think the second year of that offensive line together will make a difference and everybody going into the second year.”

That’s an optimistic view from Manning, even if there’s not a lot of optimism from outside the Giants’ facility that the franchise is heading in the right direction.

32 responses to “Eli Manning says Giants’ offense can be better, even without Odell Beckham

  1. Talk is cheap this time of year. Let’s wait until the season starts and watch how that offense performs. I’m forecasting that the Giants will go 5-11 this year, if that.

  2. The main issues with the Giants offense were slow starts in games and the season in general.

    Let’s see if that changes this year.

    Can QB extend plays? I don’t think so
    Can QB have big explosive plays? Maybe few…below league average.
    Is QB skittish in the pocket? I think so
    Is QB arm strength weakening as he ages? I think so

  3. Other than Jerry Rice (who had some pretty great QBs), I have yet to see a Wide Receiver propel a team to a championship. Good defenses that are around in the last few weeks of the playoffs can take out a top WR. See Tyreek Hill in the AFC Championship game. Diva WR and winning don’t go together too often.

  4. Barkley will see 8 man boxes when he lines up as a RB and will have corner/safety on him if he goes in motion. Eli will not be the QB by week 9.

  5. The locker room is very important. Two years ago the Eagles won their first super bowl in franchise history. Everyone can remember that far back, right? Do you also remember who they got rid of just prior to that historic season? Both Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. On paper, that’s a lot of offensive firepower, right? Eli Manning has won two super bowls. He knows what he’s talking about. There was a lot of head scratching going on in Philly when they got rid of their two best skilled guys, and everybody hated Chip Kelly so they never gave him any credit for cleaning out the locker room. Everybody has their opinions, but character counts. Remember the goal? Winning!

  6. If only fraudster Eli had a career pass rating of 94.1 instead of his 84.1 – for all the blame on line, weapons, coaching, D not doing their share etc, that career stat is the underlying reason, along with his inconsitency. In the 1980s, 84.1 would’ve been fine but in today’s passing rule era it’s virtually backup’s numbers (eg Brian Hoyer is 83.2 despite having bounced around 6 teams and never having the support Eli’s had). Flacco has exactly the same stat and problem.

  7. charliecharger says:
    June 29, 2019 at 8:43 am
    The locker room is very important. Two years ago the Eagles won their first super bowl in franchise history. Everyone can remember that far back, right? Do you also remember who they got rid of just prior to that historic season? Both Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.

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    very true, and the giants did do better without odell, but a cpl things. lesean mccoy played two full seasons and was in his third season w buffalo when philly won, and while philly did release djax the year they won it all, they also signed alshon jeffery to replace his spot, and alshon was a huge part of phillys run that year. i dont think sterling can be that alpha #1, and yea brady has won with nothing, but hes also lost with nothing. reche caldwell cost us the afccg at wr vs the colts late in the game when he had nobody defending him and a pass right to him he dropped. locker room is big but you also need talent that fits what you do. man its crazy to think how amazing odell could be if he had jerry rices work ethic. he would be unstoppable. but he doesnt. so he isnt.

  8. Charlie charger says:
    June 29, 2019 at 8:43 am
    The locker room is very important. Two years ago the Eagles won their first super bowl in franchise history. Everyone can remember that far back, right? Do you also remember who they got rid of just prior to that historic season? Both Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.

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    The locker room is important but this is dumb and has nothing to do with that Super Bowl team. The decision to get rid of those guys ultimately got their coach fired and forced the next coach (Doug Peterson) to replenish the talent. Doug’s first year they arguably had the worst receiving core and a mediocre Rb that isn’t playing anymore. It set the Eagles back because they were devoid of talent offensively but they were lucky enough to have a good GM and pick up guys that worked out. Plus I think people exaggerate Shady and Desean’s effect on the locker room. They were only annoying to fans.

  9. Eli, while doctoring the new helmets and uniforms so they pass as authenic worn stuff please change out the glue you are using. It is effecting your clear thinking. Giants will be fighting the Redskins for last place.

  10. bullcharger says:
    June 29, 2019 at 7:32 am
    Other than Jerry Rice (who had some pretty great QBs), I have yet to see a Wide Receiver propel a team to a championship. Good defenses that are around in the last few weeks of the playoffs can take out a top WR. See Tyreek Hill in the AFC Championship game. Diva WR and winning don’t go together too often.

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    Joe Montana won his 1st super bowl the first year he was the starting QB, 1981, then won his 2nd super bowl, the 18-1 season of 1984. Rice was drafted in 1985 and the 49ers didn’t win a single playoff game his first 3 years, while he had a bad case of the drops. Rice finally starting catching the ball in 1988, and Montana was able to keep on with what they were doing pre-Rice, which was win super bowls, and they won two more, 1988 and 1989. Rice ended up becoming a great player, but he in no way, shape, or form, “propelled” the 49ers to a championship. That was all Joe. Before Rice it was Freddie Solomon, Dwight Clark, and Mike Wilson. Love Rice, but let’s not re-write history.

  11. What’s he supposed to say? “We really screwed that up, I don’t know how we’re going to score any points”?

  12. Giants offense can definitely get better.
    So when are they going to replace the quarterback?

  13. The Giants offense will be better because the line will be better. Every play depends on sound blocking. This isn’t a video game where your CGI Odell Beckham scores 10 TD’s a game. The old Giants offense depended on the big play and practically nothing else worked. Then came Saquon Barkley and better blocking and it became balanced. Now we have him + a better line + a diversified passing plan. Fact is the Giants will have the best offense in the NFC East.

  14. Giants top SCORING team in NFC East last year! Will defense improvement make them a contender? great special teams last year! underrated team this year

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