Jerry "the Jet stealer" Reese back at it again with the smooth moves, last year it was Snacks Harrison, and this year it's Brandon Marshall. This morning, Adam Schefter reported the Giants will be signing Brandon Marshall, to a 2yr/$12million deal.This signing came deep out of left field, no one saw this coming for sure, however it may have just brought this Giants offense to a whole new level. There's still some major flaws the Giants need to address on the offensive side of the ball like fixing the offensive line to give Eli more time. With Marshall being acquired the Giants need for a big receiving tight end goes away, all they need at that position is someone to block effectively since Marshall now gives them a bigger redzone threat. I definitley didn't have Brandon Marshall, or any receiver in general for that matter on my free agency wish list, I thought we had bigger needs to address, but this move actually made a ton of sense to cover up other flaws just by getting one player.
With the departure of Cruz the Giants needed another receiver for sure, what they really needed in the grand scheme of things was a redzone threat, and Brandon Marshall is exactly that. Marshall is 6'4" and anything thrown in his vicinity will be caught, so a lot of those times we had to settle for 3 at the goaline last year could've been avoided with a player like this. As much as I love Eli's relationship in the passing game with a solid tight end like Jeremy Shockey, it's not necessary in order for our offense to succeed. Good tight end's are nice to have in the redzone, that's what the Giants thought they had in Larry Donnell when he had his 3 touchdown game a few years back, a 6'5" huge redzone presence for Eli. Unfortunately, Donnell turned out to be the most useless receiving tight end in the history of football. With Marshall being added to the team it takes away the Giants need for the tight end to be a red zone threat. Now, we can have good ole Will Tye or Jerell Adams, whichever one the Giants think block's better, be our tight end and that'll be their main objective, just block and catch check downs.
That's all nice and dandy, in reality the Giants still haven't addressed the biggest flaw of all, Eli Manning's blindside. If we can't get a premiere or just an above average left tackle the Giants season won't go as far as we hope. Without time to throw Eli isn't going to be very effective. Eli is also going to be 37, so keeping him upright is in the best interest of the franchise. If the Giants can secure a solid offensive line the Giants are poised for a Super Bowl run. Brandon Marshall can be a huge difference maker on this offense, the added element he brings is some next level shit, although the only way we can truly benefit from this move is if we address the offensive line issue. Fix the offensive line thus giving Eli time to throw, in addition to letting our stud wide receiving core get the most out of their potential. If you're a Giants fan it's hard to not be optimistic after making an early splash like this, though.