Giants still unsure of running scheme with OTAs and draft looming

The New York Giants running game has been lost at sea. It has been floating there for several years. And they’re still not sure exactly how they’re going to find it and fix it under new coach Pat Shurmur.

The Giants running attack lacked commitment and identity the past few years, when they consistently finished in the bottom half of the league. china wholesale nfl jerseys The last time the Giants had a Top 10 rushing attack was the 2010 season. They were 26th in the NFL in rushing offense last season after finishing 29th the previous year.

With a new coach bringing fresh schemes, there is hope that the running game will improve. The Giants just aren’t sure at this point what form their rushing attack will take by the time the 2018 season rolls around.

“We’re going to see what our guys do best,” offensive line coach Hal Hunter said last week. “If you got guards that can really pull and trap and run power plays, then that is what you want to do. If that is not their strength, then maybe you’re more of a zone team or zone-lead team.

“I’m saying we probably won’t know that until we know what we’re going to hang our hat on until we come out of camp, had a chance to put the pads on and do those types of things.”

They might have a better idea after the draft. By then the Giants will have spent some time on the field and likely added to their roster. There is a very real possibility they add Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick, or they could add a running back on Day 2 capable of contributing immediately.

Both the NFL’s leading rusher (Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt) and Offensive Rookie of the Year (Alvin Kamara) were third-round picks last year.

The Giants were a directionless bunch the past few years. They tried to regularly run power plays out of the shotgun. They played primarily without a fullback and didn’t have a blocking tight end for most of the past few years.

At times they tried to run inside zone, but didn’t have the elusive backs or line to make it a successful staple. In the end, they didn’t commit to much of anything. They were a pass-first team that occasionally ran.

It seems that the Giants are leaning toward a power running attack this season as currently assembled. Hunter called new guard Patrick Omameh a hard-nosed, gritty, nfl jersey china wholesale get-in-your-face tough guy. He raved about how newly-signed left tackle Nate Solder was one of the few left tackles who could run block.