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Giants offensive players say not to fret: 'We're still getting kinks and wrinkles out'

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell warms

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell warms up prior to an NFL preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 22, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

So far this preseason, Giants players have used words such as "unstoppable" and "scary" and made Super Bowl aspirations quite public when it comes to the team's offensive firepower. But on the field in two preseason games, they have been anything but those brash proclamations. Eli Manning has completed one pass to a wide receiver so far -- none to Odell Beckham Jr. -- and the entire passing game seems out of synch.

Despite the ineffective display, the Giants remain confident in what they have.

"It's not a concern," said wide receiver Dwayne Harris, the only one who has caught a touchdown pass this preseason after his 8-yard scoring pass from Ryan Nassib on Saturday night. "We're still getting a feel for it. Once we get on the same page, I think this offense can be scary and explosive."

"We're not worried," tight end Larry Donnell said. "That's what we have more practice for this week."

Saturday was clearly designed for the passing game to flourish -- the Giants threw the ball on their first six snaps and 14 of Manning's 21 plays -- and there were some bright spots. Andre Williams had a nice 11-yard run, Shane Vereen caught a screen pass for a first down, and the offensive line showed improvement from last week.

"We were gelling," Williams said. "It definitely felt more fluid than we did last week."

That high-powered passing game, though, remains conspicuous by its absence.

"We're still trying to cut away the fat and get in the groove of it," Williams said. "You just get little samples in the preseason, you don't see the whole thing. You don't necessarily have an opportunity to get lathered up as a unit. I wouldn't necessarily say that you're not getting what you pay for."

Still, it would be nice for the Giants to go into the regular season with at least a glimpse of what they might be capable of doing.

"We're still getting the kinks and the wrinkles out," Harris said. "The offense is only going into its second year. We're still working on a couple of things in the offense and [aiming to] get it right come Sept. 13 . . . I'm definitely sure we'll get it right sooner or later. Unfortunately, it hasn't happened yet."


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