Giant Changes from Last Season

The Giants made some big changes in the team over the last year. Those changes for the most part have been positive. Here is a look at some of the major changes and how they compare.

Quarterback

The biggest change was the transition from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones at quarterback. To me Eli is the best Giant quarterback of all time and deserves to be in the NFL Hall of Fame. After-all he helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowl victories after going thru some tough post season games.  Nevertheless it was time for the transition.  Here are Eli’s statistics from 2018 and Daniel Jones’s from 2019. There is a drop off in most stats going to Jones but nothing too big. Daniel excelled in touchdown percentage and yards per scramble.

The statistics that are close have the header highlighted in blue, the ones in Jones’ favor in yellow and in Eli’s favor green.

Player Age GS 1D / Att Air/Cmp Air/Att ADOT YAC/Cmp Drop% Bad% Blitz / Att Hrry/Att Hits/Att Yds/Scr
Daniel Jones 22 8 30.3% 5.2 3.3 7.6 5.4 4.0 16.8 32.0% 11.4% 14.1% 8.2
Eli Manning 37 16 35.6% 5.7 3.7 7.4 5.7 4.2 16.3 21.2% 11.1% 7.1% 4.0

 

Player Age GS Win % Cmp% TD% Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Daniel Jones 22 8 25.0% 63 5.1 2.7 75 6.7 6.5 10.6 220.4 88.0 5.28 5.1 9.7 1 1
Eli Manning 37 16 31.3% 66 3.6 1.9 58 7.5 7.3 11.3 268.7 92.4 6.33 6.2 7.5 1 2

Here are their rushing statistics

Player Age GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G Fmb
Daniel Jones 22 8 32 208 2 16 6.5 23.1 13
Eli Manning 37 16 15 20 1 7 1.3 1.3 7

Daniel Jones has shown good ball placement and accuracy. He can fit the ball into tight windows and lead the receiver for yards after the catch. Like Eli he is a tough competitor. His scrambles to attain first downs showcase his toughness as well as his propensity to stand in the pocket to make a play. He is one of only five rookie quarterbacks to ever have 2+ games with 4+ passing touchdowns in their rookie season. He is one of only 13 rookie quarterbacks since 1950 to have 3+ games of 300+ passing yards and one of only six to do so by age 22.

The Giants are moving forward with who they hope will be their new franchise quarterback.  This seems like an overall plus for the team.

Receiver

The next big change was trading receiver Odell Beckham. To compensate for this loss the Giants signed Golden Tate and drafted Darius Slayton.  Lets look at Beckham’s 2018 season compared to the new receiver’s 2019 season. This appears a fair comparison as Beckham appears to be having a worse first year on the Browns.  The better statistic numbers are highlighted in yellow.

Player Age G GS Tgt Rec Ctch% Yds Y/R TD Lng Y/Tgt R/G Y/G Fmb TD/Tgt
Odell Beckham 26 12 12 124 77 62.1% 1052 13.7 6 51 8.5 6.4 87.7 2 4.8%
Golden Tate 31 6 6 50 33 66.0% 417 12.6 3 64 8.3 5.5 69.5 1 6.0%
Darius Slayton 22 8 5 45 27 60.0% 394 14.6 5 46 8.8 3.4 49.3 0 11.1%

 

Player Age G GS Tgt Rec Yds 1D YBC YBC/R YAC YAC/R BrkTkl Rec/Br Drop Drop% 1d / tgt
Odell Beckham 26 12 12 124 77 1052 50 747 9.7 305 4 6 12.8 4 3.2 40.3%
Golden Tate 31 6 6 50 33 417 19 193 5.8 224 6.8 3 11 1 2 38.0%
Darius Slayton 22 8 5 45 27 394 17 314 11.6 80 3 2 13.5 2 4.4 37.8%

 

Darius Slayton and Golden Tate have filled in nicely in Beckham’s departure. Since returning in week five Tate is one of only nine wide receivers to have three receiving touchdowns and 400+ receiving yards in that time-frame.  Over the eight weeks that Darius Slayton has played he is one of only nine wide receivers to have five plus receiving touchdowns. Beckham made neither of those lists as he only has one receiving touchdown for the season. Overall I would say a plus for the Giants in receiving changes.

Safety

Another big move was to let safety Landon Collins walk in free agency and bring in Jabrill Peppers from the Beckham trade.  Again we will compare Collins’ last season on the Giants to Peppers’ 2019 Giant season.  Better statistical data is highlighted in yellow.

Player Age G GS Int Tgt Cmp Cmp% Yds Yds/Cmp Yds/Tgt TD Rat DADOT Air YAC YAC / Cmp Bltz Hrry QBKD Sk Prss Comb MTkl MTkl%
Landon Collins* 24 12 12 0 59 40 67.8% 530 13.3 9 3 113 8.6 338 192 4.8 22 3 2 0 5 96 9 8.6%
Jabrill Peppers 24 10 10 1 35 22 62.90% 216 9.8 6.2 0 68.3 6.5 119 97 4.4 26 3 2 0 6 71 10 12.30%

 

Player Age G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Comb Comb / G Solo Solo / g Ast TFL TFL / G QBHits QBH ./ G
Landon Collins* 24 12 12 0 0 0 0 4 1 96 8 67 5.58 29 5 0.42 2 0.17
Jabrill Peppers 24 10 10 1 32 1 32 5 3 71 7.1 47 4.70 24 4 0.40 2 0.20

 

Peppers appears better in pass coverage as evidenced by the lower Passer rating (68.3) when targeted as well as zero touchdowns allowed, a lower yards/completion (9.8) and a lower completion percentage (62.8%).  He has pressured the quarterback one more time in two less games. Peppers had an interception for a touchdown as compared to Collins’ zero interceptions.  The tackle numbers shown in the second table are comparable on a per game basis. Overall a plus for the Giants in the safety position.

Edge Rusher

The Giants traded defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Browns. To offset they signed DE/LB Markus Golden. Here are Vernon’s 2018 stats on the Giants and Golden’s 2019 stats on the Giants.

Player Age G GS Tgt Cmp Cmp% Yds Yds/Cmp Yds/Tgt Rat Bltz Hrry QBKD Sk Prss Prss/G Comb MTkl MTkl%
Olivier Vernon* 28 11 11 1 1 100.00% 0 0 0 79.2 15 8 13 7 29 2.6 30 1 3.20%
Markus Golden 28 10 10 2 1 50.00% 6 6 3 56.2 47 8 6 6.5 24 2.4 43 2 4.40%

 

Player Age G GS PD FF Fmb FR Yds FR TD Sk Comb Comb / G Solo Solo / g Ast TFL TFL / G QBHits QBH ./ G
Olivier Vernon* 28 11 11 1 1 0 1 43 0 7 30 2.7 23 2.1 7 5 0.5 21 1.9
Markus Golden 28 10 10 0 0 1 42 1 6.5 43 4.3 22 2.2 21 7 0.7 15 1.5

From the first table we can see the pressures per game were relatively the same, as well as the sacks, hurries and missed tackles. The second table had Vernon with more QB hits per game but Golden with more tackles and tackles for loss. All in all there was not much drop off from Vernon’s last year on the Giants and Marcus Golden’s first year. Markus Golden is one of only six players this season to have 7+ sacks, 16+ quarterback hits, 10+ tackles for loss and 25+ solo tackles. Vernon did not make that list.  It is a pretty impressive list to make. Here they are sorted by descending total tackles.

 

Again I give the plus for the Giants in what looks to have been another good move.

Interior Defensive Line

The last big change was trading DT Damon Harrison to the Lions. This move was offset by having  drafted Dalvin Tomlinson in 2017 and drafting Dexter Lawrence in 2019. Also the Giants traded for DT Leonard Williams in October 2019.

Here are the statistics from Damon Harrison’s 2018 season on both the Giants and Lions. Also shown are the 2019 season for Tomlinson and Lawrence.

Player Age G GS Hrry Hrry /G QBKD QKD / G Sk Sk / G Prss Prss / G Comb MTkl MTkl% Tck / G
Damon Harrison 30 17 16 2 0.1 3 0.2 3.5 0.2 9 0.5 81 2 2.40% 4.8
Dalvin Tomlinson 25 10 10 1 0.1 2 0.2 2.5 0.25 7 0.7 31 1 3.10% 3.1
Dexter Lawrence 22 10 10 3 0.3 2 0.2 2.5 0.25 10 1 26 4 13.30% 2.6

 

Player Age G GS PD FF FR Sk Sk /G Comb Comb / G Solo Solo / g Ast TFL TFL / G QBHits QBH ./ G
Damon Harrison 30 17 16 1 2 1 3.5 0.2 81 4.8 52 3.1 29 9 0.5 8 0.5
Dalvin Tomlinson 25 10 10 2.5 0.25 31 3.1 14 1.4 17 4 0.4 5 0.5
Dexter Lawrence 22 10 10 1 0 2.5 0.25 26 2.6 13 1.3 13 2 0.2 5 0.5

The new Giants players appear to be better at pressuring the quarterback. The first table shows the new Giants on a per game basis getting more hurries, sacks and pressures. Harrison was better at getting tackles. In addition Leonard Williams already has five quarterback hits in just two games with the Giants. Overall the interior line is better in a sense of applying pressure and younger.

In Conclusion

The Giants have made some major changes moving on from some big name players. There have been rumblings that some of the departures may have been a poor fit from a team morale aspect. Irregardless from a performance view the new players appear to be an upgrade or at least relatively equivalent. The Giants organization has aggressively rebuilt the team to be younger, more team-oriented and higher performance. The results have not materialized into wins at this point. However except for the Vikings game the seven other games since switching to Daniel Jones have all been relatively close games and hard fought battles. Some of those games got pulled away late in the game but they were all close for most of the game.

After the bye there are six games left and the Giants currently stand at 2-8. It is not out of the question that the Giants can win three of the remaining six games. They have Chicago, Miami and Washington who all have struggled this year also. Miami and Washington have point differentials of over -110 which the Giants are significantly less at -86. In yards per game Chicago, Washington and Miami are 29th, 30th and 31st. The Giants are doing significantly better at 24th with averaging 60 more yards per game than the better of the three Chicago. In passing yards margin the Giants are 25th at -310 yards. The best of the three opponent teams is Miami who is 27th at – 457 yards.

With three wins the Giants would tie their 2018 record while starting a rookie quarterback. The ultimate coup at this time would be to win those three games and split the Eagles games to finish at 6-10. That would better their 2018 record and would be equal to the team records the seasons they started Phil Simms and Eli Manning. Division games are usually hard fought battles. On any given Sunday any team can win. If the Giants can clean up their turnovers and tighten up their deep coverage it is possible.

Enjoy the week 11 games!

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