The New York Giants’ offense has been very stale over the years. Back in the 1980s, head coach Bill Parcells took the air out of the football with his “smashmouth” style. Since then, the Giants have had some wrinkles here and there but mainly they’ve employed a vanilla attack.
Head coach Pat Shurmur is not of the same mindset of his predecessors. He likes to add different dimensions to his offensive game plan, hence the drafting of Daniel Jones to be his next franchise quarterback.
But there is another quarterback in Giants’ camp these days, one with a diverse and unique set of skills. Eric Dungey, an undrafted free agent from Syracuse is a big, fast playmaker who can provide an interesting change-up to the Giants’ drab approach to offense. The Giants have Dungey listed at both quarterback and at tight end.
After watching teams insert double threat quarterbacks in key spots last season, such as Lamar Jackson in Baltimore and Taysom Hill in New Orleans, teams are looking to copycat that success.
Shurmur is surely eyeing the same results.
“He was a key guy, a guy that we targeted. He is a very accomplished quarterback and made a lot of plays with his feet,” said Shurmur. “He made some good throws out there as well. He is one of those guys we had our eyes on at the draft. We will see. I think he is a good football player. Usually there is a place on the field for good football players. We will see what happens.”
Dungey is a 6-foot-4, 227-pound running quarterback who opposing defenses will have to game plan for. At Syracuse, he rushed for 1,993 yards and 35 touchdowns on 543 carries (3.7 avg.) and became one of five ACC quarterbacks all-time with 11,000-plus yards of total offense and 90 or more total touchdowns, joining Philip Rivers (NC State), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson).
In addition to that, Dungey threw for 9,340 yards with 58 touchdowns in his 38 starts for the Orange. His skill set lines up perfectly with a “wildcat” role the Giants might ask him to play.
“That was one of the things he (Shurmur) talked to me about,” Dungey said at the Giants’ rookie minicamp on Friday.
Where exactly Dungey wold fall on the Giants’ roster is still to be determined.
The quarterback room is packed already with Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney. They are pretty well-stocked at tight end as well with four players who know the offense well (Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Scott Simonson and Garrett Dickerson) and another UDFA in Kentucky’s C.J. Conrad, who is serving as Jones’ roommate.
“I just want to be able to compete, that’s what makes me the best,” Dungey said. “Daniel is a great quarterback but like I said, coach offered me an opportunity to play multiple positions and a chance to play quarterback. If I can do that and learn the offense to the best of my ability, I am looking forward to doing everything I can to help out.”