The Giants have not had a very good preseason. They’ve been so lousy, apparently it’s sending their fans into a panic.
Never fear, says Giants running back Shane Vereen to Ralph Vacchiano for SNY. Just because the offense is averaging less than 200 yards per game and the starters haven’t found the end zone since the first quarter of the first game doesn’t mean the struggles will carry over into the regular season.
“Relax,” Vereen said on Tuesday. “It is preseason for a reason. It is camp for a reason. There are a lot of times where the coaches have something else in mind, something that we need to work on, something that we don’t need to work on, something that they need to see. It is what it is. It counts on September 11th.”
Vereen is 100 percent correct. Bad teams can look good in the preseason and good teams can look bad. Happens all of the time, because opponents don’t game-plan for one another. Sometimes when an offense struggles, it’s partially because they’re only using basic plays.
In the Giants’ case, there’s little reason to be concerned about the offense. Eli Manning is a veteran quarterback who knows the offense, and he has one of the best wide receivers on the planet in Odell Beckham Jr. They should be fine.
Now the defense, that might be a different story.