LANDOVER, Md. — When the Giants discovered Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t going to play towards the Redskins on Sunday afternoon due to a quad damage, the remaining receivers knew they must do greater than typical.
The consequence was a 40-16 whipping of Washington at FedEx Area and emergence of some new names the Giants can now rely on as reliable receivers.
Eli Manning threw three touchdowns to teammates not named Beckham. Sterling Shepard caught a 3-yarder for a rating within the first quarter, whereas just lately signed Bennie Fowler grabbed a 6-yard go to place the Giants up 31-Zero within the second quarter. Russell Shepard was on the receiving finish of Manning’s third TD go, an 11-yarder to present the Giants a 40-Zero benefit. Tight finish Evan Engram, in the meantime, had 5 catches for 77 yards, and Corey Coleman, signed to the follow squad in October, had two receptions for 43 yards.
“We knew Odell had one thing occurring along with his quad,” Russell Shepard mentioned. “However we have been prepared. This younger group was able to step up. That’s what you need on a soccer group.”
They received’t all be this simple. But it surely was reassuring the Giants might succeed with out the NFL’s highest-paid receiver.
“Odell is a one-of-a-kind participant and we’d like to have him wholesome,” Engram mentioned. “However we got here in right here and performed Giants soccer. We executed; had nice vitality; and had enjoyable. We performed for one another.”
Head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned Beckham’s quad damage had been lingering for a number of days. Beckham missed follow Friday and when he was examined Saturday, “it was fairly evident he couldn’t play,” the coach mentioned.
Russell Shepard mentioned Sunday’s displaying was greater than only a win. It was a sign the Giants are starting to alter their identification.
“The tradition is shifting,” he mentioned. “We’re studying win. You wish to see everyone contribute. You wish to see everyone’s exhausting work repay. If you see guys having success and having enjoyable, that’s essential. I imagine Odell is a top-five participant on this league and while you don’t have that sort of man making performs and drawing consideration, you need to step up and the group throughout the board stepped up.”
The success of a operating recreation that produced 227 yards on the bottom helped the passing assault. Manning was 14-of-22 for simply 197 yards, and accomplished passes to eight totally different receivers.
“It’s enjoyable to be in these forms of video games the place every part appears to be working,” Manning mentioned. “Clearly, everyone was concerned. It was good to see everyone get in there and get going.”