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Film Room: Play designs that are powering the Giants’ running game

What has been working for the Giants in the run game?

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The New York Giants have gotten their running game going in the past few weeks. They put 166 rushing yards on the board against Washington back in Week 9, and last week almost matched that with 151 rushing yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. Obviously when Saquon Barkley was lost for the season, the run game became a big concern. But in the past few weeks they have posted their two-highest total rushing yards in a game for the entire 2020 campaign.

How have they done this? By turning to a few different designs on the ground. In this piece we are going to look at two of those elements. First, a look at some of their trap, gap and power designs and second, a look at a perimeter rushing design where Jason Garrett gets a two-man convoy in front of the ball-carrier.

First, the power elements:

As the video illustrates the Giants are getting a solid contribution from Shane Lemieux at one guard spot, as well as from players like Kevin Zeitler, Matt Peart and Eli Penny.

Now we’ll look at that perimeter running design, where Garrett puts together a two-man convoy depending on the defensive look:

As you can see, the Giants will get two blockers in front of the RB: The play-side guard and either the center or the play-side tackle. This has also worked to get the run game going in recent weeks.

Jason Garrett has found some designs that have worked in the past few weeks. Look for those to continue in the second half of the season for New York.