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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Thoughts on Giants personnel groupings

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

For Saturday night's New York Giants preseason game, I set out to chart the offensive personnel groupings for every play. Figuring preseason results are meaningless, my goal was to try to see what the Giants are doing on offense in terms of setup. It struck me that they rotated personnel in and out somewhat liberally in the preseason opener against the Bills last Sunday, so I figured it'd be worth trying to track it if possible. I charted every play that featured Eli Manning or Ryan Nassib at quarterback. By the time Curtis Painter got into the game, I had started writing my postgame observations post. So I don't have those plays charted.

 Overall, it wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. Especially for the first half, the Giants did very little substituting on offense, staying basically in that "11" personnel setup with three wide receivers, one back and one tight end. But there were a couple of things that stood out to me: