Running back Rashad Jennings will have a career-high number of receptions this season.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - His career-high was 36 last year with Oakland. The Giants have a strong cast of wide receivers and if David Wilson is cleared to play – which I assume will happen – he would be a more frequent target out of the backfield. That would result in fewer opportunities to catch passes for Jennings.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - The first thing I’m going to do is admonish Dan Salomone for not providing his career high in the statement. After going through the hard work of looking it up, I think Jennings will surpass his career-high of 36 catches last year with the Raiders. The backs are getting passes thrown in their direction early and often during spring practice and Jennings looks to be a big part of the offense both in the air and on the ground.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - It’s going to be close if he stays healthy and continues to assert himself as the top back in this offense. But the quick passes don’t go exclusively to players out of the backfield. The wide receivers will get their share, so I’m going to say fewer than 36 catches for Jennings but not by much.
The fullback position is less prominent in the Giants’ new system than in recent years.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - It wasn’t particularly prominent in recent seasons (based on the carries and receptions by the players lining up there). Under Ben McAdoo, it will remain a position where the primary duty is blocking.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact (I think) - It is too early to tell with only 12 non-contact Spring practices. I will say, however, based upon what I have seen that the fullback might be used less than in years past. I’ve seen the tight ends lined up in the backfield a lot and also a bunch of single-back stuff.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - Ask Packers fans about their John Kuhn and you get your answer as what to expect from offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo coming over from Green Bay. But seriously, this is a tricky one. On one hand, how prominent have Giants fullbacks been in the past? From a numbers standpoint, not that much. Another layer of this topic is that on a given play, a tight end can be a fullback, or a running back can take on the responsibility. What we do know, however, is the primary duty will be blocking -- and that sounds like a quality of Giants teams in recent years.
A no-hitter in the MLB regular season is more impressive than a shutout in the NFL playoffs.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - No-hitters require skill and at least a little luck. Shutouts can result from one team overwhelming another.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - I appreciate Dan’s creativity on this one, but it is a flawed comparison. A shutout in the NFL is a great team effort, while a no-hitter in baseball is largely on the shoulders of the guy on the mound. For that reason, I’m going to go with the no-hitter. Being a pitcher is the toughest position in sports, besides maybe quarterback, and a no-hitter is one heck of a feat.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - First off, everything is more impressive in the postseason in any sport. Secondly, I think people overlook that the defense behind the pitcher has something to do with the no-no as well. That brings me to the shutout in football, which requires all three phases to be on point. The defense has to be mistake-free, the offense can’t turn the ball over, and the special teams can’t allow a long return. There’s a reason there have been only 30 postseason shutouts in the history of the NFL, three of which the Giants have turned in.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - Randle will have more opportunities to score touchdowns than Moore will to sack quarterbacks.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - This really comes down to how many sacks Damontre Moore is going to have. I think Randle will fall right in there at about six touchdowns. I think Moore will figure in for about eight sacks. Those numbers could flip flop. It will be close, but I’ll go with Moore, who has put a lot of work in on his body this offseason.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - Let’s not forget Randle led the Giants in touchdowns last season -- receiving or otherwise. Add in that he is one year further into his NFL development, and I’m saying “fact.” I need to see Moore do it in a game before I say otherwise.
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