New York Giants: Loss of Martellus Bennett Hurting More than Expected
Through four weeks, the New York Giants offensive line has shown the fight of a punching bag. The o-line’s inability to control the line of scrimmage has to led to the rapid deterioration of the offense as a whole.
In the offseason, tight end Martellus Bennett signed with the Chicago Bears, effectively parting ways with the Giants after one season. His lone season in New York saw constant fluctuations in his production. Bennett caught a touchdown pass in each of the first three games but ended up with five total touchdowns on the season. He also went seven games with three catches or less.
However, Bennett was a rock on the line of scrimmage. He was an exceptional blocking tight end and could be relied upon to help pave the way for the running game.
In the wake of Bennett’s departure, the Giants desperately needed a replacement. Finally, they landed on Brandon Myers, who, on paper, seemed like an immediate upgrade. Last season, Myers had stellar receiving numbers, catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns.
The Giants knew that Myers wasn’t the blocker that Bennett was, however, they didn’t realize he had the blocking skills of an open doorway. New York’s offensive line was also not supposed to be this bad, and their failures have magnified the struggles from Myers.
Eli Manning was sacked just 19 times last season, which was the lowest among quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts. So far this season, Manning has already been sacked 14 times, which means that he is on pace to be sacked a total of 56 times.
New York’s running game has also hit a new low. The team has struggled to establish a consistent rushing attack in years past, but it has never been this bad. The Giants are ranked 30th in the NFL is rushing, compiling just 58 yards per game.
Bennett’s absence is far from the only reason for the offensive line’s struggles. Because of injuries, the entire unit has been in flux, but Bennett’s presence could have saved the Giants from hitting rock bottom. New York will continue to struggle as long as they lose the battle up front.