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Mailbag: Second CB spot, offensive strategy


Luke in New York: When Xavier McKinney returns from injury, do you think the Giants will look to make him a starter and then move Julian Love to corner opposite James Bradberry? Love was great as a corner at Notre Dame and he is one of the bright young starters on this defense who should stay on the field.

John Schmeelk: Throughout training camp in the summer, we did not see Julian Love play outside cornerback much. When he played on coverage, it was as a deep safety or occasionally against an inside receiver. Coming out of Notre Dame, most analysts projected him as an inside corner or safety, not a perimeter cornerback. It is possible the coaching staff pivots and uses him in a different spot, but we haven't seen any evidence of it.

Thomas in California: Why don't we see more QB rollouts?

John Schmeelk: Jones plays predominantly from the pocket, and uses his mobility to run with the ball to gain yardage rather than to scramble and buy more time to throw the ball. In terms of designed rollouts, those usually occur off of play-action passes, which can be difficult to execute when the run blocking up front is not consistent. On passes outside the pocket so far this year, according to Pro Football Focus, Jones has completed 4-of-15 passes for 23 yards with one interception on 22 dropbacks.

Charles in Florida: Why isn't the offense playing more of a clock management style, keeping the other team's offense off the field? We seem to be hurting ourselves with the no huddle, hurry-up offense.

John Schmeelk: The Giants are averaging 3.2 yards per running play, which is the worst average in the NFL. They are only converting 39% of their third down attempts, which ranks 22nd in the league. It is difficult to win the time of possession battle and stay on the field when a team struggles in those areas.

Jeff in Colorado: How do you expect the Giants will manage the right corner spot? If Bradberry's high level of play continues, teams will undoubtedly throw toward the tandem of Corey Ballentine and Isaac Yiadom.

John Schmeelk: The Giants are still searching for answers at the position. They will continue to cycle through players such as Ballentine. Yiadom, Ryan Lewis, and the other cornerbacks on the roster until someone plays well enough to seize the job on a full-time basis. It is a competition.

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