Sheldon Richardson: Eli Doesn’t Trust His O-Line, Is ‘Watching The Rush’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants’ regular-season opener in Detroit is less than two weeks away, and the offense is still very much a question mark.
Eli Manning and company haven’t impressed in the first four preseason games, and head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo are clearly concerned about the team’s ability to put points on the board.
Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson got a firsthand look at the Giants’ new offense last week when Gang Green took on Big Blue at MetLife Stadium.
Sure, it was just a preseason game. But the 2013 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year has some thoughts on what is plaguing the two-time Super Bowl MVP and his offense.
“Got some kinks to work out,” Richardson said, according to the New York Post. “You can notice that stuff, little stuff like that. It’s to the point where he don’t trust his offensive line that much, ’cause he’s watching the rush. Little stuff like that … Just saying that offense couldn’t handle our defense, period. Not just offensive and defensive line.”
Big Blue’s offensive line is currently in shambles. Chris Snee retired last month and free-agent pickup Geoff Schwartz is out indefinitely with a dislocated right toe. Brandon Mosley, James Brewer and Charles Brown are also dealing with injuries.
The running-back position has taken a hit with the forced retirement of David Wilson, and Victor Cruz is the only star wide receiver after Hakeem Nicks signed with the Colts in the offseason.
Manning, of course, does have two Lombardi Trophies. But Richardson isn’t interested in hearing about that.
“What does that mean?” Richardson said, according to the newspaper. “What-have-you-done-for-me-lately league — that’s what it’s called.”
The Giants will wrap up their preseason schedule on Thursday night against the Patriots.
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