Giant X-Factors in 2018
A change was going to occur with the Giants before the 2018 season started and the alterations started before the commencement of the 2017 season with the appointment of David Gettleman as General Manager. While a new coaching staff and a flurry of roster moves were made in the offseason there are still some valuable pieces on the Big Blue roster that can make monster impacts in 2018.
On the offensive side of the ball in 2017 injuries decimated the Giants in particular on the offensive line and the wide receiving core. Gone for a significant part of the season got the G-Men was All-Pro wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall. Who eventually became Eli Manning’s most potent option in the passing game was rookie tight-end, Evan Engram. Engram was the Giants 2017 first round pick and brings a blend of size and speed that is rarely seen at the tight end position. In his rookie campaign, Engram had 66 catches for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns with many teams focusing on Engram as the main threat. In 2018 with the return of a healthy OBJ and an improved ground game Engram should be able to be a game breaker as he breaks through single coverages and benefits from play action passes.
Change is not only occurring with the personnel but also the defensive scheme as the Giants plan on implementing a 3-4 defense in 2018. The most consistent Giants performer the last two years has been defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison and for the G-Men. Harrison has been one of the best if not the best run stopper on the defensive line. With the subtraction of Jason Pierre-Paul at defensive end and the new scheme, Harrison will be more valuable in 2018. The Giants will need “Snacks” to continue demanding double teams and disrupting the oppositions ground game for the G-Men to be a dominant defense in 2018.