Shaun O'Hara: Expect Jason Garrett to bring back "Scissors" run play
After spending the past 13 years, including 10 at head coach, in Dallas, Jason Garrett will now lead the Giants' offense as the team's offensive coordinator. During his time in Dallas, Garrett's offense experienced a ton of success. The Cowboys finished in the league's top 10 in yards eight times and were in the top half of the NFL in yards all but twice during that time. The Cowboys' offense also finished in the top seven in points during seven of those 13 seasons.
Since drafting running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, the Cowboys have consistently had one of the strongest run games in the NFL. Dallas ranked 1st, 5th, 10th and 8th in rushing attempts while finishing 2nd, 2nd, 10th and 5th, respectively, in rushing yards over the last four seasons. Elliott has accumulated over 300 rush attempts in three of his four seasons, with the only year he came up short of that mark being the one in which he only played 10 games.
One play in which Garrett saw a ton of success running while in Dallas was the "Scissors" play. This run play relies on misdirection, with two running backs in the backfield and both guards running wide in space to carve a path for the ball-carrier. The Giants ran this play in the 2000s, with Chris Snee and Rich Seubert serving as the pulling guards, leading the way for Tiki Barber.
With Garrett now calling the plays for the offense, former Giant and NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara believes Big Blue will revive the "Scissors" play in 2020.
"I fully expect to see this play resurface for the Giants," O'Hara said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football. "I think Saquon (Barkley) is the perfect running back, just like Zeke Elliott, who ran it exceptionally well down in Dallas. Obviously, it helps when you have good offensive linemen, which he does down there. But the patience to let those blocks develop and to set them up, that's something Saquon does a really good job of. Because he has that speed and that burst, he can maintain the patience with that.
"So, what is Jason Garrett going to do? Well smartly, he brought along Marc Colombo, who was down with him in Dallas, who is now the offensive line coach. He has another guy to help instill this and show them how to block it and show them all the intricacies of this play. What makes it work and what it struggles with. But I think when you look at this offense with Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator, the accountability factor is going to be through the roof."
Tomlinson, Peppers, Williams lead Giants defenders in Madden 21 ratings
With the 2020 season right around the corner, EA Sports has officially released player ratings for its new "Madden NFL 21" game, which comes out on August 28.
Here is a breakdown of some of the top individual ratings for the Giants defense.
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
Tomlinson has yet to miss a game in his three-year career. In 2019, the defensive tackle registered 49 tackles (23 solo), 3.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, nine QB hits and one forced fumble. Tomlinson earned an overall grade of 78.1 from Pro Football Focus, ranking 11th among all interior defensive linemen with at least 500 snaps.
POWER MOVES: 76
BLOCK SHEDDING: 82
PLAY RECOGNITION: 85
HIT POWER: 82
S Jabrill Peppers
Peppers played in 11 games in his first season with the Giants last year and recorded 76 tackles (51 solo), five tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, five passes defended, one interception and one touchdown. He also returned four punts for 49 yards (12.3 yards per return).
KICK RETURN: 86
CHANGE OF DIRECTION: 82
SPIN MOVE: 83
JUKE MOVE: 91
PLAY RECOGNITION: 81
MAN COVERAGE: 75
ZONE COVERAGE: 74
HIT POWER: 87
DL Leonard Williams
Williams was acquired in a mid-season trade from the Jets last year. In eight games (five starts) with the Giants, Williams had 26 tackles (13 solo), two tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hits, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended. After joining the Giants in Week 9, Williams ranked 8th in total pressures among interior defensive linemen, according to PFF.
POWER MOVES: 83
BLOCK SHEDDING: 81
PLAY RECOGNITION: 80
HIT POWER: 81
Check out every member of the Giants’ Madden 21 rating here.
View photos of every member of the defensive front on the Giants' 90-man roster.
Throwback: Best of DJ's 2019 training camp
Daniel Jones put together a solid rookie campaign for the Giants last season. In 12 starts, the 2019 No. 6 overall pick threw for 3,010 yards and 24 touchdowns with a completion percentage of nearly 62.0 percent.
Jones set a number of franchise rookie records in 2019, including passing touchdowns, passing yards and completions. His 24 touchdown passes were three shy of the all-time NFL rookie mark set by Baker Mayfield in 2018.
With training camp set to kick off in the coming days, let's take a look back at some of the best plays and moments from Jones' first NFL training camp.