• Brian Wentworth II

Pat Shurmur Saw His Shadow: One More Year of Eli

Coach speak is a thing, and it’s a very annoying thing at that. New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has come out in support of Eli Manning at the NFL Combine. Unfortunately, we won’t know if Shurmur is serious until after Free Agency and the NFL Draft. If the Giants decide to stick with Eli Manning, we will have to downgrade all Giants pass catchers for the 2019 season.

Saquon Barkley will continue to be great, I’m not worried about him. I do have worries about him completely repeating his rookie campaign of 1307 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns, 91 receptions, 721 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns. Despite bad offensive line play Barkley played like he is, great. With more offensive line ‘continuity’ playing with each other for a second year I imagine Barkley plays just as well if not better.

However, be cautious when it comes to spending draft capital on Odell, Sheppard, and Engram (especially Engram.) Odell is currently the 2.03 which is a borderline value, and if you can get him lower certainly go for it. Just do not be surprise if he doesn’t give you the Odellish games you expect from him because he took time to pop off and he never had any 30+ PPR point games, and only had 5 20+ PPR point games. Injuries plagued Odell at the end of his 2018 campaign so perhaps him and Eli could have stepped it up, but again, remain cautious.

Engram found his snap counts decrease when Shurmur took over as head coach. With the Giants switching more to a run heavy offense Engram found himself on less plays in favor of more blocking tight ends. On top of an aging quarterback who isn’t the same as he used to be, I would not purchase even with 7th round ADP.

Sterling Sheppard has always been a WR3 who can pop off in your line up, or on your bench, and sometimes even on waivers. I put him as a do not buy in 2019 drafts. He only had 4 games with over 10 PPR points. This means you could never trust him in your line up, and I expect that trend to continue in 2019.

At the end of the day we will not know if Pat Shurmur expects to actually have Eli start in 2019, but if he does find a more high powered offense to invest your draft capital in.

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