The New York Giants preseason is just two games old so it is a little early to hit the panic button. However, several issues that plagued the team last season are evident early in the preseason so far, mainly the Giants’ inability to capitalize in the red zone.
It should be noted that quarterback Eli Manning, who is 10-for-22 for 164 yards and one touchdown and one interception hasn’t had much to work with in the two games. Hakeem Nicks made his 2013 debut last night but the Giants lost Victor Cruz to a bruised heel. So far, the receiving corps is still trying to get healthy and Eli has not been able to develop a rapport with Brandon Myers yet as he tries to fit into the offense.
The Giants’ running game is also trying to find their stride with Andre Brown and David Wilson fighting it out for the starting job. The Giants need to get Wilson and Brown enough carries to find out who will get the lion’s share of the carries and force teams to respect the running game to open up the passing game.
This is a Giants offense in transition and that transition will take some time, especially in the red zone where precision and timing are even more important. As the Giants get their receivers healthy and on the field all at once the Giants will be depending on their kicker more for extra points rather than field goals. Josh Brown is probably looking forward to that moment more than you are.