​Moeller: Giants’ Maturity and Confidence Breeds Increased Optimism

If you have a positive feeling about his Giants’ team, don’t second guess yourself.

​You’re right.

​The men in blue already have dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s, and have brought an unbridled sense of confidence, maturity, and optimism.

​And that’s all within a week’s worth of practice.

​Credit general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur for bringing back a semblance of order and addressing some obvious needs that were ignored.

​Even though it likely will take some time, Odell Beckham Jr’s new contract will get done. His agent and Giants’ brass have openly discussed the deal. This will be signed before the season opener.

​Beckham has shelved the animated atmosphere and has shown a sense of maturity about his role with the team.

​He spoke for the first time this past week and revealed his reported trials and tribulations of the offseason.

​Beckham appears happy, confident, and healthy. He has recognized the potential around him with the likes of a revitalized Eli Manning and the spirited Saquon Barkley. Evan Engram is proving early that he can be a viable option and eliminate the drops that haunted him last season.

​There is a good chance Beckham will see little time during the preseason, but he knows has he can quickly acclimate himself to the offense.

​The offensive line looks like it is taking shape, and the defense already is showing signs that it will play with a chip on its shoulder.

​Yet, it is only a week into preseason and there can be some bad apples.

​Particularly one bad Apple that was spared from being cored.

​Eli Apple got into scuffle with Engram and had to be escorted from the field when Shurmur tossed both of them out of practice.

​Apple has been given new life by the current regime, and he can take a cue from Beckham. The Giants still believe he can be a major contributor, and they unfortunately are thin in that area.

​The Giants will get the official acid test when they battle the Browns Friday at Met Life. There already is a heightened anticipation to watch both sides of the ball – mainly the offense – participate against an opponent. Ironically, the Browns are in a similar situation with a new influx of players.

​Keep the positive feelings. There are probably more to come.

About the Author

Jeff Moeller

Jeff Moeller has been covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college football and basketball as well as high school sports on a national and local scene for the past 39 years. He has been a Jets and Giants beat reporter for the past 13 years.

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