The Giants begin their first Schoen-Daboll season this coming Sunday. While the roster tweaking continues, the Giants have amassed the fourth youngest team in the NFL. Coach Daboll stated Offensive Coordinator, Mike Kafka, will continue to be the play caller as he was during the preseason. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley begin the final seasons on their respective rookie contracts. So with all that said, are you ready?
Finally, we’ll get to see the offense that Daboll and Kafka have put together. We’ve only seen basic sets and schemes so far during the preseason. We saw aggressive downhill running from Saquon and the other running backs. Although Giants’ first-string receivers, Wan’Dale Robinson and Kenny Golladay, were barely used in preseason games and Kadarius Toney did not see a snap, we saw Daniel Jones and the quarterbacks orchestrate plenty of positive yardage plays and passed from an actual pocket on most downs. We also saw a lot of pre-snap motion, something very rare in the previous regime. Key to the success of the offense will be success in the redzone with touchdowns instead of field goals. We did not see many downfield (30+ yards) passing attempts, but Jones was rated one of the top downfield passers in previous seasons. Let’s hope this receiver group gives him a downfield target or two. It’d be great to see the Giants offense stretch the field.
Defensive Coordinator, Wink Martindale, has spent the entire offseason and preseason teaching the Giants players his aggressive schemes and various blitz packages. The Giants plan to apply pressure to the opposing QB in various ways. The key to success may lie in how well the secondary can cover the skill players. We saw mixed results in the preseason. CB Adoree Jackson leads a very young group with Darnay Holmes and Aaron Robinson as the other starting corners. The Safety group is young and led by third-year players Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. The defense got younger with the release of ILB Blake Martinez last week leaving the team with third-year player, Tae Crowder as the leading ILB. Will Edge rushers Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux be ready for the opener? Coach Daboll lists them both as day-to-day. The experience of this defense rests with the linemen Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence. This is a young, fast group. They’ll need to get experience in a hurry.
Special Teams Coordinator, Thomas McGaughey (TMac), returns in this role under the new coaching staff. As is his main role each year, TMac assembles the backups on this roster into four cohesive kick and kick return units. His new weapons this year include Punter, Jamie Gillan, and multiple potential kick and punt returners including WR Richie James, WR Darius Slayton and CB Adoree Jackson. Kicker Graham Gano returns after recovery from a concussion in the second preseason game.
One thing we’ve already seen…the 2022 Giants have shown they have no quit. Granted, this team has not put the starters on the field for a full game yet. But the preseason team showed enough creativity and determination to score 23+ points per game. Fans haven’t seen that level of scoring since 2019…when Rookie QB Daniel Jones was guiding Pat Shurmer’s offense. It’s going to be fun to watch Dabs and Kafka…and Jones lead this offense to be competitive. Couple that with Wink’s defense and we have a competitive team.
The Giants finish the 2022 season with an 8-9 record.