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Giants’ GM Jerry Reese: “Mystery” why offense fell short

Ereck Flowers, Eli’s future among other topics discussed

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New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said Monday that it was “a little bit of a mystery” why the team’s offense regressed from the 2015 season while seeming to have better personnel.

“I thought that the offense would definitely come in and be able to score more points than we did. I thought that we had some yards, but we settled for three points too many times. In this league, when you get in the red zone and green zone, you have to score touchdowns and put teams away,” Reese said. “Offensively as a whole it didn’t function as a unit like we thought it would. So we have some things that we need to evaluate and we will do that. We will be honest about it and evaluate it and see which direction we need to go to get it fixed.”

Here are some other non-Odell Beckham Jr. takeaways from Reese’s season-ending press conference.

On Ereck Flowers ...

“It is time for him to show us the fruits of being a first round draft pick, and I still think he has a chance to do that. Is he the left tackle? Should he be in a different position? We will evaluate that. But I do think that he is a big, strong kid who has a chance to be a really good player, so I still believe he has a chance to be a good player.”

On keeping free-agent Jason Pierre-Paul ...

“We keep all of our options open, and we will try to do what is best for everybody involved in the situation. ... Do we want him back? Of course we want him back. He is a good football player.”

On urgency to win with Eli Manning getting older ...

“Of course. Everybody has a job. Eli has a job to do and everyone around him has a job to do. 36, I don’t think that is ancient for a quarterback. I think he is probably on the back nine, but I don’t think that is ancient for a quarterback, and he is taking care of himself really well, and I thought he finished the season strong.”

On the possibility of drafting a quarterback ...

“Eli is 36, and we have started to think about who is the next quarterback, and who is in line, so we will look into that as we move into the offseason.”