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Dwayne Harris: Giants working on throwing deep more often

While a more deep-ball orientated offense may be risky, Mike Florio explains why he likes the move for the Giants.

When Ben McAdoo took over as the Giants’ offensive coordinator before the 2014 season, he made improving quarterback Eli Manning’s completion percentage a priority.

McAdoo’s work was successful as Manning has turned in two of the most accurate seasons of his career while throwing 28 total interceptions after being picked off 27 times in 2013 alone. That approach has focused on getting rid of the ball quickly, which has also helped balance a shaky offensive line, at the expense of the frequent deep balls of the Kevin Gilbride era.

Things may change a bit with McAdoo now running the entire show as the team’s head coach. The Giants were tops in the league when it came to completing passes from 6-10 yards, which wide receiver Dwayne Harris said recently the team wants to complement with more deep passing in the 2016 season.

“I think we’re getting better just throwing the ball down the field more,” Harris said, via the team’s website. “We’re definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes.”

The Giants would seem to have an ideal downfield target in Odell Beckham, although they’ll need both strong blocking and threats from other receivers to free him up and take full advantage of his skills. They’re counting on the combination of rookie Sterling Shepard and a healthy Victor Cruz to do that on the receiver end and the results on that front should help determine how far Manning is throwing the ball this year.