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The installment of the Giants offense is complete, at least according to receiver Victor Cruz, but the unit still has a ways to go before it reaches the level that offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo envisions.
According to data culled from the NFL game books covering the Hall of Fame Game and last week's contest against Pittsburgh, the Giants starting offense has played in eight series.
Half of those series have resulted in a three-and-out situation, and the 14 points scored have come on rushing touchdowns.
“Monday night in Detroit, we need to be 100 percent ready to go,” McAdoo said. “We’re not there yet. We’re making small strides. You’d like to say you’re taking two steps forward every day and one step back. At this point in time, we took a couple of steps forward (Tuesday)."
The problem, though, is that the starting offense has yet to get into any kind of rhythm.
Last week against the Steelers, quarterback Eli Manning failed to complete any passes in two attempts. That lack of rhythm hasn’t been lost on McAdoo, who expressed a desire to see the offense start faster.
“You’d like to have that every time you step on the field. That’s not going to be the case. At the same point in time, we need to take that leap of faith. We need to play fast, and we need to trust our instincts.
"It’s a game of anticipation and belief in your teammates. If we can’t do that, then we’re not going to grow. We can’t be afraid to go out there and make mistakes,” he added.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina.