Just how good will the New York Giants offense be in 2019? The answer to that question will, of course, hinge on the performances of veteran quarterback Eli Manning, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and running back Saquon Barkley.

On paper that seems like a formidable unit, but Ali Bhanpuri of NFL.com sees things a bit differently. And although he views Barkley as the league’s second-best running back (behind Ezekiel Elliott), he is not nearly as impressed with Manning or Shepard.

Accordingly, Bhanpuri ranked the Giants’ trio among the league’s worst.

No. 28: NEW YORK GIANTS (47 pts)

Quarterback: Eli Manning — Rank: 30th (One game: 29th | 2019 prod.: 31st)
Running back: Saquon Barkley — Rank: 2nd
Pass catcher: Sterling Shepard — Rank: 26th

As good as Barkley is (and he’s awesome!), he can only do so much to help the Giants overcome their deficiencies and uncertainties in other offensive areas. As of now, New York will open the 2019 campaign with two WR2s (but no WR1) and a legitimate QB battle between Manning and Daniel Jones. How many teams in the past decade have started a season with a competition under center and still made the playoffs? I’ll wait. Third-year tight end Evan Engram is perhaps deserving of the team’s top pass-catcher honor after a strong finish to last season, but he’s been inconsistent and hampered by injury (14 drops in 26 total games) for chunks of his young career. Not sold on either the 38-year-old Manning or the rookie out of Duke to be a positive difference-maker for this team in 2019, so it might not matter who receives the majority of snaps under center this season.

In an effort to understand Bhanpuri’s rationale and ranking system, he offered the following explanation:

I ranked each team’s top running back and pass catcher 1-32, assigning them points commensurate with their placement. For example, Ezekiel Elliott netted the Cowboys 32 points for being the No. 1-ranked RB, and Saquon Barkley earned the Giants 31 points for being No. 2. However, to put my own spin on this exercise, I analyzed all 32 QBs by two different metrics: 1) whom I would want in 2019 for one game; and 2) projected 2019 production. To give extra weight to the game’s most important position, I then multiplied each team’s combined QB score by 1.5. Add up all three position totals for each team, and you get the ranking below.

Once again, we find ourselves correcting the narrative — Manning and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones are not in a “legitimate” competition and barring injury, there is literally zero chance Manning won’t start in Week 1. But can we really blame the pundits for looking at things that way at this point? If it’s repeated enough it becomes reality, but I digress.

Bhanpuri also failed to offer up an explanation as to how Shepard it among the league’s worst receivers, instead choosing to pinpoint Engram’s drops and how that could impact Manning (and not Jones, as we’ve alluded to) this season.

What say you, Giants fans? Is this trio of talent really one of the league’s very worst or is Bhanpuri flat-out wrong?