Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Reese to Lean on the Offense

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Reese to Lean on the Offense

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Other than the obvious shift in the NFL toward high-powered offenses, there should be very little surprise that Giants general manager Jerry Reese is embracing the undeniable strength of his team.

That old adage about defense winning championships still rings true, especially within a franchise whose stated quest is to awaken the echoes of its Big Blue Wrecking Crew past.

That continued Sunday morning when former Giants linebacker Carl Banks, a two-time Super Bowl winner, spoke to the defensive players about chemistry and legacy.

But in today's day and age, when it comes to winning games in the regular season and "getting into the tournament," as Reese calls it, offense rules.

"If you don't score 28 points in this league, man, it's hard to win," Reese said in his annual training camp news conference Sunday. "Those 14-10 games, there are not a lot of those games left around the National Football League in light of how the rules favor the offense mostly, how the rules are made now.

"So you have to score points. You have to take advantage of that."

Reese and the Giants brass have seemingly built the 2015 Giants with that in mind.

And despite the question marks that dot the roster, from the uncertain status of Jason Pierre-Paul to unproven commodities at safety and on the offensive line, there is optimism because of what they have on offense.

The Giants are not searching for a franchise quarterback. They already have Eli Manning.

They have dynamic playmakers at wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz, not to mention a potential breakout candidate in Rueben Randle.

Reese knows what he has on that side of the ball, and even if the Giants find themselves in a few shootouts along the way, they're comfortable about how they measure up.

"If you have Odell [Beckham] for 16 games, [if] you have Victor Cruz for the entire season," Reese said, "you would think you can probably squeeze out a few more wins if you have those explosive- type players playing a full season. …

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