The New York Giants went head to head with the Detroit Lions on Monday in their Week 1 season-opener. It would be an understatement to say that the Giants looked bad in their first game as well.
And how does one go about fixing what went horribly wrong against Calvin Johnson and the Lions?
Giants Receiver Victor Cruz put all his cards on the table and made it very clear what the solution should be:
“There needs to be more there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction” said Cruz to New York Daily News.
Cruz also added that it shouldn’t just be him who gets more looks but other playmakers on the team. Playmakers such as Receiver Rueben Randle who, along with Cruz, only registered a mere four receptions against a decent Detroit defense.
One thing is clear though; the New York offense just isn’t used to new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo. And it may take games for Eli Manning in particular to get used to and flourish under the former Green Bay Packers Tight Ends Coach.
Cruz has slowly faded away in offense
The sad thing is that Victor Cruz was the most explosive player on the Giants roster bar none just 3 years ago. One could argue that up until last year Cruz was still the most electric option to go to.
But last season definitely showed a scary trend for Giants fans, as the man known for his salsa dance wasn’t lighting up the endzone as much (only four receiving touchdowns) as he was in 2013 where he had nine receiving touchdowns.
His numbers for yards and receptions were both down last year during a season where many believed that the New York Football Giants were the worst offense in the NFL. Part of the reason that Cruz’s most recent statement is so interesting is because it almost seems to have been held back from last season where the team finished with a 7-9 record and only one lone Pro-Bowler, safety Antrel Rolle.
So what can the Giants do?
This question is a real head scratcher to be honest because while Cruz is right about the ball needing to get into playmakers’ hands there are so many more problems with this team right now.
Manning has looked like he is on his last legs and has really struggled to get to grips with the new offensive plan at the Giants.
Then there is the defense. After the beat down that the Giants secondary took from Lions QB Matt Stafford and co you can bet that Arizona, Houston, and even Washington (The Giants upcoming games) would all like a crack at it to get some wins.
Not to mention that the defense definitely lacked a second quality pass rusher after Jason Pierre-Paul (who also has not looked good as of late), if one could have overlooked the impact of a Justin Tuck (now with Oakland) before it is almost impossible now. And unless this team if able to fix these issues going forward, then expect a good-looking draft pick come next year.