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Mailbag: What the new offense could look like

Jerome in Virginia: Will the Giants offense look like the Dallas offense of last year?

John Schmeelk: We don't know. The offense will probably look like some form of the Cowboys offense since Garrett arrived there in 2007. He was offensive coordinator in Dallas from 2007 to 2010 and then called played plays the first couple of years he was head coach. After that, Bill Callahan, Scott Linehan and Kellen Moore all called plays with Garrett as head coach. You can read about some of the common parts of Garrett's scheme with all those play callers here.

Moore took over as offensive coordinator in 2019 and brought significant change to the Cowboys offense. They used more motion and bunch formations than they had in past seasons, and it looked like more of a departure from what they had done. Play design was used to scheme receivers more often.

How much of those changes will Garrett bring with him from Dallas? I don't know. Given the Cowboys' success offensively in 2019, it would make sense if he installed some of those same concepts for Daniel Jones. I can't wait to see the Giants on the practice field to see what the offense looks like.

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Nigel in Maryland: John, you covered the Senior Bowl. Of the draft picks, which ones really intrigue you and why?

John Schmeelk: Neither of the Giants top two draft picks, Andrew Thomas and Xavier McKinney, played at the Senior Bowl since they came out after their junior seasons. The Giants third round pick, senior offensive tackle Matt Peart, did participate and he showed the same kind of tools that tempted the Giants to draft him: athleticism and length. Fifth round offensive lineman Shane Lemieux was invited to the game, but he declined to attend.

Even though cornerback Darnay Holmes, the Giants fourth round pick out of UCLA, left school after only three years, he was allowed to participate in the Senior Bowl because he completed his degree in two and a half years before the game was played. He played the nickel spot in Mobile more frequently than he did at UCLA, and did a nice job. He was one of the only players in attendance to have any success in practice against Ohio State slot receiver K.J. Hill, who dominated during the week.

Linebackers Cameron Brown and TJ Brunson, along with edge rusher Carter Coughlin, were on Senior Bowl rosters but there's nothing I recall specifically about their work in practice during the week. Linebackers are one of those positions I have trouble evaluating in practice since so much of their effectiveness has to do with reading the play in front of them and being physical. It's hard to see in practice.

Holmes' play in Mobile was the most intriguing since he was asked to play the position he is projected to play in the pros after not doing it much at the collegiate level. He played the nickel effectively against players who were drafted and showed some of the athletic traits that made him a five-star recruit out of high school.


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