News / 30.07.2018 NFL scout: No one is stopping Giants' offense with Odell Beckham, Saquon Barkley | 'Pray for injuries or bad weather'
EAST RUTHERFORD -- We won't get even a glimpse of the Giants' revamped offense until the preseason opener on August 9 against the Cleveland Browns, and even then it will be nothing more than a brief preliminary dress rehearsal for the regular season.
However, one AFC scout is already terrified of the potential that the additions of rookies Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, and veteran left tackle Nate Solder to an arsenal around quarterback Eli Manning that already included Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and rising second-year tight end Evan Engram.
"Pray for injuries and bad weather," the AFC scout told NJ Advance Media on the condition of anonymity so that they could speak freely about another team.
The Giants made a concerted effort to fortify the talent around Manning throughout the course of the offseason, in an effort to make one more playoff push with the 37-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP.
There are several players battling for limited spots on the depth chart at key positions who have quietly stolen the show at various moments during these early practices.
Given the fact that Barkley is equally dangerous as a pass-catcher as he is a runner, and Beckham's ability to take the top off of a defense, this scout believes the offense is tailor made to maximize Manning's potential at this stage of his career.
"My prediction is," the scout said. "That if Eli has healthy targets, it'll open up the offense for the short throws and the long throws."
The scout isn't alone in the optimism about the Giants' offensive potential, ESPN recently ranked Manning's arsenal in the top-five in the league.
"They should be a good team, if they stay healthy," The scout said. "There's just too many weapons that can stretch the field vertically from Odell Beckham, to Evan Engram, and Sterling Shepard. Then you add in Saquon Barkley, and he can do some serious damage as well."
Coming off a 3-13 disaster under Ben McAdoo, the improved talent and a scheme that weaponizes both speed and unpredictability under new head coach Pat Shurmur leaves plenty of reasons to believe this will be a much different season for the Giants.
Source: NewJersey.com | Matt Lombardo | July 30, 2018