When news broke of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, many thought the New York Giants offense had taken a huge step back with one of the best players in football departing. However, with the trade now far in the rear-view mirror, perception appears to be changing.

Could the departure of the Beckham be an addition by subtraction for the Big Blue offense?

One analyst seems to think so.

SiriusXM NFL personality Phil Savage thinks the Giants are going to be able to focus more on their strengths with Beckham now out of the picture.

“I forecast for the Giants’ offense this year, and we’ll see what kind of vertical threat they really have,” Savage told NJ Advance Media. “Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, they’re going to be able to play more over the middle of the field.

“I could see them making a living with Engram down the pike, Golden Tate and Shepard operating underneath and Saquon on check downs, swings and screen passes. I don’t know that you’re going to have a huge arm to the perimeter of the field, because I don’t think that’s where the strength of their team is right now.”

In recent years, the Giants have run their offense through Beckham while he was on the field, at times even obviously forcing it to keep their former star happy.

With Saquon Barkley now the focal point of the offense, and with him running behind a revamped offensive line, it’s not crazy to think the offense could be more efficient overall.

We all saw how effective Evan Engram was in the absence of Beckham in the last few games of 2018, and it’s not as if quarterback Eli Manning is lacking weapons going into 2019.

Without the pressure of having to get Beckham the ball, Manning and the Giants may have an easier time focusing on their strengths and may become much more balanced and dangerous.