The Giants run game was atrocious last season:
- Total rushing yards: Dead last
- Yards per carry: Dead last
- Runs of over 20 yards: Dead last
- Runs of over 40 yards: None
The offensive line simply couldn’t get a push in the run game, and I don’t foresee that changing all that much this year, as it’s the same basic personnel along the OL. The Giants are, however, perhaps looking to get a little more creative in the run game, and the speed of David Wilson opens up some additional possibilities.
I loved the following misdirection play that the Giants ran last night. The Giants lined up with 2 TEs, 1WR, a RB and a FB. Martellus Bennett is up on the line of scrimmage to the left side. Behind him is FB Henry Hynoski and TE Bear Pascoe, with David Wilson by himself in the backfield:
At the snap, Eli Manning will pitch the ball to the left to David Wilson, who will then hit the breaks and come back to his right as soon as he catches the pitch. Pascoe (86) and Hynoski (45) will come all the way across the formation and serve as lead blockers, with Kevin Boothe (77) pulling across from his LG spot:
The Bears had 8 in the box, and now find themselves with 6 of their defenders caught up in the trash, and Wilson has two lead blockers with a head of steam out in front.
Hynoski gets a weak block on Lance Briggs, but it’s enough to get him out of the play:
And Bear Pascoe gets a good block on CB Tim Jennings, leaving Wilson with a lot of running room, as he gets around the edge with impressive speed. The play goes for 20 on 2nd and 11.