Checkout what I took away from the New York Giants preseason game vs the Jacksonville Jaguars.
By Vincent Rapisardi
Wins have no value in preseason football. What does have value in these meaningless games, are starters being in sync, and a healthy roster.
Unfortunately, neither health or chemistry were on the New York Giants side in their second preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Defensive back Bennett Jackson, who is making the switch from cornerback to safety, saw an extended amount of playing time last night, but just like any Giant these days, suffered a knee injury that ended his night. An injury that is thought of to be serious.
Giants’ safety Bennett Jackson may have suffered serious knee injury:… http://t.co/zVhakpPy2w
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2015
This is something we’ve seen quite frequently with the Giants regarding injuries, but have they ever been this thin, this early in the season? Where do most of these injuries even come from? Does contact in practice even exist?
Now, I could understand if coach Tom Coughlin wanted to sit veterans who already understand their role, and keep them fresh for the upcoming season. Ok, that makes sense. But players like Hosley, Berhe, and others, need playing time and experience. There needs to be an urgency to play for many of these defensive backs, who are still trying to earn a spot on this roster.
Let’s shift the focus to the offensive side of the football.
The offensive line took a big step forward from the first week of preseason. Running back’s Shane Vereen and Andre Williams had room to run, and although they only carried the ball three times each, it finally looked like an NFL running game.
The pass protection for quarterback Eli Manning, was also very effective. The team finally had what looks like their starting offensive line out there, with a healthy Geoff Schwartz in the lineup, who played both right tackle and guard. Something I’m not a big fan of.
I’d rather see Schwartz stay in one spot, and get comfortable in one position. This offensive line has already been musical chairs over the past year, put one starting lineup together, and leave it like that.
Now onto what everyone is probably making a big deal over today, and that’s the play of Manning. Isn’t it ironic we blame his struggles on the offensive line, but when the offensive line performs well, how do we justify his poor performance?
I wouldn’t take much from it.
He missed on a couple of throws to Odell Beckham Jr. that almost seemed like he did it on purpose. For some reason, there was a real beef between Beckham and Jags safety, Sergio Brown. I think Manning didn’t want to leave the young wideout in harms way if he led a throw into a safety that wants to make his name with a big hit on the NFL’s new golden boy.
That’s just what I saw personally.
A couple of deflected passes at the line of scrimmage will surely get fixed, as should Preston Parker‘s dropped passed on a third down, that was beautifully dropped in the bucket.
Of course, his final line that reads an ugly 4 for 14, is what everyone will be talking about, but quarterback is the last position that should be a cause for concern on this roster.
One final thing to point out, is the play of linebacker J.T. Thomas. Thomas, was signed this offseason from Jacksonville, and I’m not sure if he wanted to stick it to his old team or what, but he flashed serious potential last night.
Recording a sack/strip fumble, and five total tackles in Big Blue’s 22-12 win. His ability to do just about anything on the field, affords him multiple roles in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. It should be interesting to see if he can consistently keep up that type of play throughout the season.
The Giants play the New York Jets in their third preseason game, which is always an interesting matchup for the fans.