You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Giants.
How do you think the Giants’ offense will be different this year than last year? — David Touger
Jason Garrett, the new offense coordinator, has not called plays in the NFL since 2012, but the Cowboys ran his system the past decade. So, there are some clues there. As much success as the Cowboys had running the ball with DeMarco Murray and, more recently, Ezekiel Elliott, Garrett wants to get the ball down the field through the air. In six years calling plays (three as a coordinator for Wade Phillips), Garrett’s offense finished in the top six in total yards three times. His passing offense finished no worse than ninth in any of those years.
The word Garrett likes to use is “flexible.’’ He utilized mostly outside zone with Murray and inside zone with Elliott. I would expect the design will be for Saquon Barkley to have the ball in his hands 20-25 times, on the ground or in the air. Garrett operates a quarterback-friendly system that gets the ball out of the hands of the passer very quickly, helping out the offensive line. It should be interesting.
As a NYG PSL-owner, I was informed that I would “not be guaranteed” a postseason ticket buying opportunity if I pass up on the 2020 season tickets (with my PSLs intact for next year). Why?— Terry Ryan
Seems to me this is fair, Terry. The Giants, rightly so, are offering season-ticket and PSL owners an opportunity to opt out of their tickets for the 2020 season, based on all the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the likelihood if games are played they will go on without fans. So, if a season-ticket holder opts out for 2020 and receives a full refund, why should he then be guaranteed playoff tickets? In my mind that is double-dipping. You give up your tickets for the season, you give up your right to be assured of a playoff ticket. Looking at this another way, all Giants fans hope this scenario plays out, with a scramble for postseason tickets.
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Do you see the Giants playing Andrew Thomas at right or left tackle to start the season? I know many Giants fans may be cautious to play him at left tackle based off the Ereck Flowers situation. — Max Chafiian
Good question, Max. I feel pretty strongly about this. I think the Giants should (and I think they will) start Andrew Thomas off as a rookie at right tackle. Yes, I know he was excellent at left tackle the past two years at Georgia. He also started at right tackle as a true freshman, so it is not as if it a foreign spot for him. If Thomas starts out on the left side, that means Nate Solder has to move to right tackle, and that is a non-starter for me.
Solder hasn’t played at all on the right side since his rookie year with the Patriots in 2011. He needs to stay at left tackle. Thomas is much more advanced than Flowers was as a rookie. He can handle right tackle for at least one season. Plus, on the right side he benefits from lining up next to right guard Kevin Zeitler, a savvy veteran.
Do you think it’s very likely the Giants will cut (Aldrick) Rosas and if so, who’s the most likely to replace him? — Jim OC
It is too soon to tell this just yet, but yes, I do envision Rosas’ legal issues — leaving the scene of an accident in California and possibly driving under the influence — as being a death-knell for his Giants career.
These are serious charges, and the Giants are not going to look the other way on them. Replacing a kicker is a one-step move — one out, one in. There is plenty of time in training camp for a new kicker to acclimate to his new holder and long-snapper. The best available kickers are Stephen Gostkowski, Nick Folk, Ryan Succop, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Chase McLaughlin and Adam Vinatieri. Gostkowski has a long history with Giants coach Joe Judge, but he is 36 and must show he is healthy. Vinatieri is 46.