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Pat Shurmur: “False narrative” that Giants aren’t looking for big plays in passing game

“We need to score more points, period”

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With the New York Giants having failed to score 20 points in all three of their losses this season, and coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Eli Manning under fire for a seeming lack of aggression in the passing attack, Shurmur Friday said there was a “false narrative” that the Giants aren’t trying to be aggressive.

“That’s a false narrative that we weren’t trying to throw the ball down the field. That’s a false narrative, and if for some reason, they legislate against it, we have to check the ball down, keep the chains moving,” Shurmur told the team’s official website. “And as I acknowledged, maybe it’s better to just run the ball a little bit more. I think it’s important to throw the ball down the field, and we try to and we do it more than that narrative suggests.”

Yet, the Giants are 31st in the league in yards per completion (8.3) and 26th in yards per attempt (6.2) while Manning is second in the league in completion percentage (74.2).

“You certainly want more yards per pass. I think getting completions is important and short completions sometimes acts like a run, so yes,” Shurmur said. “The key is, and this is the point everybody is missing, is getting the ball in the end zone more, no matter how you do it, and that’s the deal.

“Everybody’s focus is, to me, it’s a little bit off. We need to score more points, period, however it happens.”

We will find out Sunday vs. the Carolina Panthers if the Giants can find a way to do that.

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