EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — One preseason recreation within the books, three to go. What did we be taught Thursday night time because the New York Giants misplaced to the Cleveland Browns, 20-10? Let’s assessment.
Umm, yeah, we knew that. However, that is how he mentioned howdy to the NFL.
Not shabby. Barkley completed with 5 carries for 43 yards.
A distinct method to preseason
Eli Manning didn’t play within the preseason opener the previous two seasons, when Ben McAdoo was head coach. In truth, loads of key gamers had been held out of the primary preseason recreation with McAdoo in cost.
Not so beneath Pat Shurmur.
Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t play, however the remainder of the beginning offense performed two full sequence. The beginning protection performed three sequence, staying on the sphere for an additional set of performs after giving up a 4-play, 66-yard landing drive.
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Don’t put Davis Webb in Canton simply but
This was not the way in which Webb deliberate it. After a terrific spring and a very good couple of weeks of coaching camp, Webb’s first look in a recreation since final preseason didn’t go effectively.
Webb went 9-of-22 for 70 yards. He missed his first six passes, and was 3-of-14 at one level. He was excessive on a number of throws, and missed an open Kalif Raymond for what may have been a 27-yard landing.
His greatest sin, although, got here on the finish of the primary half. With no timeouts left, he accomplished a third-and-four cross to Russell Shepard on the 21-yard line. The clock ran out earlier than Webb may get the ball spiked to permit for a subject purpose try.
“Davis will get a bit of amped up at occasions and that’s what causes the ball to sail a bit of bit, however he had his moments. He had some good performs in there,” Shurmur mentioned.
Webb didn’t appear to be the identical man we’ve got been watching all spring and summer time to date. In fact, issues are totally different in dwell motion in opposition to an actual opponent.
Let’s not panic and suppose Webb can’t play primarily based off this one erratic efficiency. Nonetheless, not what he or the Giants had hoped for.
Hunter Sharp will get first crack at return job
Who will return kickoffs and punts for the Giants this season has been an open query. We have now seen a lot of gamers get probabilities all through coaching camp. Thursday, Hunter Sharp did all the returning within the first half. He had a 42-yard kickoff return and averaged 31.zero yards on two makes an attempt, however misplaced Three yards on his solely punt return. Kalif Raymond had a 14-yard kickoff return within the second half.
To be sincere, watching how issues developed Thursday night time if the Giants don’t block these returns higher it isn’t going to matter who’s receiving the ball.
Yeah, we’re right here to speak concerning the Giants, however let’s give credit score the place it’s due. The primary total decide within the draft was 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He completed with a passer ranking of 125.4. Mayfield confirmed poise within the pocket, used his toes to run for a few first downs and performed like he belonged within the NFL.
Cornerback depth? What cornerback depth?
If you’re nervous concerning the Giants depth at cornerback, Thursday night time didn’t actually encourage confidence. On Mayfield’s 54-yard landing to Antonio Calloway, each Leonard Johnson and Orion Stewart had probabilities to make the play and couldn’t. Grant Haley made a few good performs, one a cross breakup and one in run help. B.W. Webb didn’t do something to harm his trigger as he tries to win the beginning cornerback job. Apart from that, although, past Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins it’s troublesome to say anybody distinguished himself. Donte Deayon and William Homosexual didn’t play due to accidents.
“We had been tight in protection, however at occasions we simply didn’t make sufficient performs,” Shurmur mentioned.
Dave Gettleman needed to be smiling
The overall supervisor has talked usually concerning the fundamental tenants of operating the ball and stopping the run. The Giants averaged 5.eight yards per carry (23 makes an attempt/134 yards) and surrendered simply 1.5 per rush (33 carries/50 yards).
“Usually in case you play good run protection, everyone’s concerned. So I believed we did a fairly good job on the run for probably the most half,” Shurmur mentioned. “You didn’t actually see any runs slip out.”