My 2009 New York Giants Offensive Preview

Steve ChottCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants gestures against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Last season, the New York Giants offense was among the elite in the league. They ranked first in Rushing YPG, had two 1,000 yard rushers in Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs, and Eli Manning started to become the quarterback everyone expected him to become.

But top offensive threat Plaxico Burress went down with an injury, and Eli eventually fell apart.

With Burress, Ward, Amani Toomer now gone, the once dominant Giants offense has many questions.

I am now here to break down the offense, by position, and give grades on each player on the New York Giants offense this year.


Quarterback: Eli Manning

Like I said, there are many questions for Eli and his offense. Once he starts to have success, he loses his top target. Without Burress, Manning had a disastrous playoff start against the Philadelphia Eagles

Manning had his best season by last year. He kept his touchdown-to-interception ratio at an all time low with 21 scores and 10 picks.

For this season, Eli will have the same bruising running game and dominant offensive line, but his wide receiver core is a huge question mark.

He will have to have alot of patience with the young wideouts; it could take a couple of games into the season for them to start clicking.

Grade: B


Running back: Brandon Jacobs

Brandon Jacobs will continue to have loads of success this year. In fact, I think his '09 season will be even better than his '08 campaign. Instead of splitting carries with two other running backs, it will just be Jacobs and Ahmand Bradshaw: this will probably equal more carries for Jacobs.

I also like the fact that there is alot of speed around Jacobs. His receivers are all young, speedy guys, and Bradshaw is also blazing fast. All of this will compliment Jacobs' bruising style of running, making him one of the top five running backs in the league this year.

Grade: A


Running back: Ahmad Bradshaw 

Ahmad Bradshaw does not have to be like Derrick Ward; he doesn't have to rush for 1,000 yards.

But could he?

Yes. Just like Ward did last year, Bradshaw will be splitting carries with Jacobs. With such a great offensive line in front of him, I could see Bradshaw getting around 800 yards. His speed with be a great compliment to Jacobs' power.

Grade: B-


Wide receivers: Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden

Without a doubt, the most questionable part of the Giants offense. Two of these guys are rookies and none of them have been closer then a third-string wide receiver for the Giants.

But there is hope. Steve Smith has proven to be a very valuable third-down receiver in the past. Also impressing people last year was Domenik Hixon, who filled in when Burress went down.

This season could also give Mario Manningham a chance to prove himself. Manningham could have been a first or second round pick, but off-field issues turned many teams off, allowing the Giants to pick him up in the third round.

These wide receivers don't have much experience, but they are young, speedy guys looking to make a name for themselves.

Grade: C


Tight end: Kevin Boss

Kevin Boss could have a major step up this season. With the wide receiver core in shambles, Manning could look to the tight end spot more—like he used to do with Jeremy Shockey.

Grade: B-


Offensive Line: David Diehl, Kareem McKenzie, Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert, Chris Snee

This is the best offensive line in the NFL. They have played together for awile and are as dominant as ever. This is, by far, the strongest part of the New York Giants. They know each other, there are never any questions, and they always know what they are doing. No question about it, the best in the NFL.

Grade: A+