The New York Giants are preparing for the their Week 2 showdown with the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Giants lost their season opener down in Dallas last week, 35-17, while the Bills overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Jets, 17-16.
On Thursday, the Giants’ three coordinators addressed the media regarding the issues from Week 1 and the current challenges they face this week.
Shula was asked about the limited use of star running back Saquon Barkley, who had just 11 carries and four receptions — well below his normal workload — has the running back doubting his role in the offense.
“No,” said Shula. “I sense that Saquon wants to win, and he’ll do it in whatever role. He is the ultimate team player. He’s locked in just like he’s been since the minute he got here on how he and the other offensive guys can help us win.”
The offensive line was one of the few bright spots last Sunday. Eli Manning was able to operate and the running game perked along at a rate of 8.9 yards per attempt.
“I think there was some really good stuff in the running game, and that obviously starts with the offensive line — but it takes all 11. I think our receivers did a really good job blocking in the run game as well. That helped free up Saquon to get a one-on-one with a safety down the field, or a corner. I think they did a good job adjusting,” Shula said. “Pass protection-wise, we were good, but we can still get better. I think all of that, kind of going back to what we said all along, I think you’re going to pass protect better when you stay out of third and downs or when you stay out of third and longs. It all kind of ties in, we just have to get the points. We have to do better on third down and then do better at finishing drives.”
The Giants scored only 17 points and went 2-for-11 on third downs despite racking up 470 yards of total offense.