The Giant Team Offense

Today I look at each Giant player on the active roster from the offense with snaps this season. The Player is listed with their position, height, weight, age, signed year and last contract year. This is followed by a blurb on the player and their productivity.

Quarterback

8 Daniel Jones QB 6-5 221 22 2019/1 2023

The only rookie quarterback since 1950 to have three games of 300+ passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 112+. Also the only rookie quarterback to have two games of 300+ passing yards and four passing touchdowns.

10 Eli Manning QB 6-5 220 38 2004/Trade 2020

Two time Super Bowl MVP.  One of only five players with multiple Super Bowl MVP awards. Eighth in all time career passing yards and passing touchdowns. Ninth in career game winning drives. Iron Man – Tie for tenth in consecutive starts with 210. Also

  • Most 4th-quarter touchdown passes in a season (15 in 2011)
  • Tied NFL Record longest pass completion and touchdown (99 yards in 2011)
  • Tied NFL Record most game-winning drives in a season (8 in 2011)
  • Most road wins in a single regular season and postseason by a starting quarterback (10)
  • Most passing yards in a single postseason (1,219 yards in 2011)
  • Only QB in NFL history without throwing an interception in multiple conference championship starts.

Running Backs:

26 Saquon Barkley RB 5-11 233 22 2018/1 2022

One of only five running backs since 1950 to have 2700+ yards from scrimmage in their first 24 game starts.

22 Wayne Gallman RB 6-0 210 25 2017/4 2021

Wayne Gallman is one of only ten running backs this season to have 6.8+ yards per receiving target, a 73% catch percentage, 3.7+ yards per rush attempt and 3+ touchdowns.

39 Elijhaa Penny RB 6-2 234 26 2018/PS 2020

In the 2018 season only three qualifying fullbacks received a better run-blocking grade than the 63.2 Elijhaa Penny got from Pro Football Focus.

37 Javorius Allen RB 6-0 218 28 2019/UFA 2020

Allen had his first carry of the season against the Packers when he ran for four yards on a first and ten. Javorius Allen made the 2014 All Pac-12 First team.

Wide Receivers:

87 Sterling Shepard WR 5-10 201 26 2016/2 2024

Fearless. That has described Shepard since his college days. He goes over the middle to make catches without hesitation from large hits. After suffering a second concussion this season and missing six games, sources say the Giants were seriously considering placing him on season-ending injured reserve. For the season Shepard has zero drops on 50 targets. Among wide receivers with 50+ targets only four have zero drops.

15 Golden Tate WR 5-10 197 31 2019/UFA 2023

Golden Tate leads Giant receivers in yards after the catch per reception at 6.3. That is tie for seventh best among wide receivers in the league. From the time Tate entered the league in 2010 to the start of the 2019 season Tate leads the NFL with 4,048 yards after catch.

86 Darius Slayton WR 6-1 190 22 2019/5 2023

Fifth round draft pick Darius Slayton is one of only four rookie wide receivers to have 500+ receiving yards, 5+ receiving touchdowns and 8+ receiving yards per target. He was the latest drafted player among the four and chosen almost 100 picks after the third selected player. Slayton made wide receiver targets in seven of his eight combine events. He was in the top ten among wide receivers in five events. In his 2017 college season Slayton averaged 22.2 yards per reception. That was fifth best in the nation.

12 Cody Latimer WR 6-2 215 27 2018/UFA 2020

Last season on the Giants Latimer had the fourth best yards per target in the league for wide receivers with 10+ targets. He had 16 targets over six games and a 11.88 yards per target. That year his yards per reception in each of the five games he was targeted did not drop below 10 yards. Since joining the Giants last season his yards per reception has increased 2.6 yards to 15.3 and his yards per target has increased 1.7 yards to 9.0. This season 14 of his 16 receptions made first down. That 87.5% conversion rate is the highest on the Giants for over one reception.

17 Cody Core WR 6-3 205 25 2019/Waivers 2020

As reported by Patricia Traina, Cody Core is the second-highest graded Giants special teams player according to Pro Football Focus. Core leads the unit in tackles with seven, including five solo. Core has pinned at least three punts inside the 20 this year.

5 Da’Mari Scott WR 6-0 205 24 2019/UFA N/A

After going undrafted following the 2018 draft and transitioning thru the Browns and the Bill, Da’Mari Scott had his first NFL reception in the Giants-Packers game for eleven yards and a first down. It was his first game activated on the Giants and he was targeted twice. Scott is a hard-working motivated player that has fought thru adversity to get where he is today.

Tight Ends/H-Backs:

88 Evan Engram TE 6-3 240 25 2017/1 2021

Since joining the Giants in 2017, Evan Engram is sixth among tight ends in receiving yards per game and also in total receiving yards. Over that time-frame he is tie for ninth in receiving touchdowns among tight ends.

85 Rhett Ellison TE 6-5 255 31 2017/UFA 2021

Since joining the Giants in 2017 after five years on the Vikings, Rhett Ellison’s yards per game have increased 238%. and his touchdowns per year by 222%. Over his time on the Giants his 71.3% catch rate is tenth best among tight ends with 50+ receptions. This season his nine receptions per broken tackle is twelfth best among tight ends with 10+ receptions. Ellison is a good blocker also. Evan Engram referred to Ellison as “definitely a teach-tape in the blocking game. ” Pat Schurmur likes Ellison’s toughness.

“He finds a way to make plays—he’s very trustworthy and very tough, and he’s wired like a football player, and that is what you’re looking for. I made the analogy, and this probably isn’t fair because I don’t know Mark Bavaro that well, but I sensed the same kind of aura when I met him the other night – just a tough guy that’s going to do what he’s asked and let the chips fall. That’s what Rhett is.”

An interesting note is that Ellison’s dad was one of the San Francisco 49er linebackers that Bavaro was carrying on his famous 31 yard reception against the 49ers in ’86.

82 Kaden Smith TE 6-5 249 22 2019/Waivers 2023

Rookie Kaden Smith is seventh in receiving yards (88 yards) among all-time rookie tight ends who in their first five games had an 80% catch rate and a receiving touchdown. Smith was one of three finalists for the 2018 John Mackey Award given to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.

83 Scott Simonson TE 6-5 255 27 2018/UFA 2020

Scott Simonson grew up a Giants fan going to games with his father in the upper deck of old Giants stadium. Simonson is a blocking tight end that can be used in two tight end formations which they have used on 35% of their rush plays. He can make the catch and has one reception on one target this season for ten yards and a first down on a touchdown drive.

Offensive Linemen:

76 Nate Solder OT 6-8 325 31 2018/UFA 2022

“You know what? I haven’t been playing this whole season very well. I felt like myself today at times, which I was happy about. So, I think that we have to build off of that and continue to improve,”

As of week eleven Solder had allowed the second-most sacks (8) and the fourth-most total pressures (35) among NFL tackles this season as reported by Sports Illustrated. Nate Solder is a leader. On and off the field, Nate displays his work ethic, integrity, humility, honesty and teamwork in everything he does. He has battled cancer both himself and with his young son Hudson. He has traveled to third world countries to help children. Nate continues to work hard to improve and embodies the characteristics that make the Giants a class organization. When informed that the Cleveland Browns were perhaps interested in trading for him at the trade deadline Nate hoped it did not occur and wants to stay a Giant. He replied ““I love being here, I love this group of guys and I love this team,”

74 Mike Remmers OT 6-5 310 30 2019/UFA 2020

As of week twelve Remmers had surrendered 36 pressures and three sacks at right tackle. In 2015 Remmers started all 16 games at Right Tackle on the Panthers team that advanced to the Super Bowl. In 2017 he started 11 regular season games and two playoff appearances on a Vikings team that advanced to the NFC Championship game. Remmers has versatility to play either tackle or guard. In his last season on the Vikings in 2018 Remmers played 100% on the offensive snaps and allowed 42 pressures. That was tied for third most among guards.

79 Eric Smith OT 6-4 308 24 2019/Waivers 2020

Eric Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 draft by the Dolphins. In 2018 he was signed to the Patriots practice squad. In December 2018 the Jets signed Smith off the Patriots practice squad. The Giants claimed him off waivers to start the 2019 season. Smith played his first NFL regular season game week 10 on the Giants against the Jets. He was in on 53 snaps for 77% of the offensive snaps. He replaced Nate Solder who suffered a concussion. Smith gave up two sacks but also made some nice blocks.

71 Will Hernandez OG 6-2 327 24 2018/2 2022

Coming into the 2019 season Pro Football Focus rated Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler as the fifth top guard tandem in the league.  For his 2018 rookie season they reported that Hernandez allowed just 29 pressures from 664 pass-blocking snaps and committed just two penalties on 1,027 offensive snaps. Hernandez made the 2018 NFL All-Rookie team. Through week 8 this season Pro Football Focus reported that Hernandez cracked the top 10 in pass blocking grade (79.3) among all qualified guards. They report that he needs to improve his run blocking grade which was only 51.7 thru week seven.

70 Kevin Zeitler OG 6-4 315 29 2019/Trade 2022

As mentioned above Pro Football Focus had Zeitler and Hernandez as the fifth best guard tandem prior to the 2019 season. For the 2018 season Pro Football Focus had Zeitler as their highest graded guard in pass-blocking – he also led the league in snaps per pressure allowed. Zeitler made the PFF team of the week in week 10 against the Jets. He allowed just two pressures and had a 72.3 run blocking grade.

65 Nick Gates OG 6-5 307 24 2018/UDFA 2021

Nick Gates saw the first significant playing time of his two year career in week 10 against the Jets.  He played 100% of the offensive snaps filling in for an injured Mike Remmers at right tackle. As reported by PFF he allowed 2 total pressures in 54 pass blocking snaps. He had a 64.7 overall grade and the 2nd best run blocking grade among the Giants offensive line. Both coach Schurmur and offensive line coach Hal Hunter refer to Gates as a tough player. Gate splayed all five line positions in the preseason. Hal Hunter says he shows a lot of promise and he is glad to have him.

75 Jon Halapio OC 6-3 315 28 2016/UFA 2020

Jon Halapio was drafted in round six of the 2014 NFL draft by the Patriots. From then until September 2016 he was on the offseason team or practice squad of three different teams and twice on the  Patriots. He also did two stints in the Fall Experimental Football League. There was also a stretch out of football selling used cars. All the time he kept training and never gave up his dream to play in the NFL. In September 2016 he signed on the Giants practice squad. In 2017 when JD Fluker was injured Halapio started the last six games of the season. In 2018 he won the starting center job, a position he picked up while training out of football. In the second game of 2018 he broke his leg and was out for the season. In his two games in 2019 in 116 snaps of action he didn’t allow a single pressure, despite almost 50 pass-blocking snaps.  Returning as the starting center in 2019 he has started every game. So far in 734 snaps he has given up two sacks and committed just two penalties. As of week 11 Halapio has allowed 18 pressures and surrendered two sacks, the third-most among centers. His PFF grade on the year is 51.8.

77 Spencer Pulley OC 6-4 308 26 2018/Waivers 2022

In 2018 Spencer Pulley filled in at center for an injured Jon Halapio. Spencer played 55% of the offensive snaps. He finished the 2018 season with an average Pro Football Focus grade of 55.9. This season he started in the Jets game after Jon Halapio was injured with a hamstring injury. Pro Football Focus gives Pulley a 42.0 rating for the season.

In Conclusion

Sterling Shepard, Jon Halapio and Evan Engram are the only starters on offense that are in their third year or more on the team. The rest of the offensive starters are in their first or second year on the Giants.

Among the starters this is a talented offense. Eight of the eleven starters have played well over the last one or two seasons. They are

QB Daniel Jones
WR Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate
TE Evan Engram
RB Saquon Barkley
OL Kevin Zeitler, Will Hernandez, Nate Solder

According to Pro Football Focus, Nate Solder had a solid debut season in New York. So far in his second season he is rated at 65.7 by PFF. Their average across starting left tackles in the league is 67.1. That puts Solder only -1.4 below average. The average of teams compared to the average is – 5.3. There are nine teams that are greater than -5 below the average. Most of those teams are doing bad this season. However it does include the Patriots and the Chiefs. There are only nine team that are +5 above the average. Most of those teams are doing good. However it does include the Lions and the Falcons. So Solders solid first year coupled with an average second year got him on the good list.

Mike Remmers and Jon Halapio on the line are good players with room for improvement. The offense has decent depth behind the starters some of which filled in during the 2019 season and performed decently. For the draft best player available is a good way to go. If players are close on offense picking an offensive tackle, a wide receiver and a backup quarterback seem like good positions to build for the future.

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