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Giants offense lacking in big-play department

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and offensive

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo go over plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars during an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

Eli Manning's longest completion this preseason has been for 16 yards. None of the three running backs projected to be rotated in the backfield with the starters have carried the ball further than 11 yards on any of their carries.

Someone clearly has doused the fuse on this so-called explosive offense.

So while there is no panic coming from the Giants over the lack of offensive production from the starters through two preseason games, they would like to start moving the ball at larger clips.

"I think I'd like to see us spring some big plays," center Weston Richburg said on Sunday. "I think that is going to be important for an offense like ours is to have some big plays to give us some momentum-changers in the game. I think we've got a long way to go in those areas."

Richburg wasn't just talking about the passing game, either.

"I'd [also] like to see us spring some big runs," he said. "I think that is going to be a key this year."

There should certainly be opportunities for it if teams are focusing their defensive attention on trying to stop the passing threats. And Richburg said he thought the Giants were close on a few of them, like the deep passes from Manning to Odell Beckham Jr., the batted passes at the line of scrimmage that could have turned into big gains, and even the runs that the team let "slip through our fingers."

"Obviously we've got great wide receivers so I think we've got some good things ahead there and then we've got some good running backs back in the stable," he said. "I think it's going to be important for us to spring some big runs in this preseason and get everybody on point heading into the early part of the season."


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