Giants-Jets: 7 things we learned in victory by Giants EAST

#1 von liny195 , 04.12.2018 07:28

RUTHERFORD New York Giants Womens T-Shirt , N.J. — What did we learn Friday night as the New York Giants defeated the New York Jets 22-16 in NFL preseason action? Let’s take a look.Maybe we should worry about Jonathan StewartThree carries for -7 yards. A costly fumble on first-and-goal at the Jets’ 6-yard line. His best run of the night went for a yard. I have been preaching patience with the 11-year veteran, but he now has 10 preseason carries for -9 yards and now I think it might be time to be alarmed. I turned to someone in the press box Friday night and said Stewart looked like a slow-moving glacier. That’s not a good thing for an NFL running back.Hunter Sharp had a good night ... and a bad oneA week after muffing a punt and fumbling a kickoff, Sharp showed his skills with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown. The play was beautifully blocked, with the finisher a terrific block from Ray-Ray Armstrong. Sharp sealed the touchdown with a perfectly delivered stiff arm to shed the final Jet defender who had a chance to make a play.Unfortunately, as a receiver Sharp had a tough night. He dropped two perfect Eli Manning passes, both of which were third-down throws that would have resulted in first downs. He and Manning also appeared to have a miscommunication on a throw in the end zone, with Sharp breaking to the inside and Manning throwing to the outside.So, a mixed bag. Let’s not put Sharp on the 53-man roster just yet.Hunter Sharp celebrates a punt return touchdown.Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsFirst-team offensive line a mixed bagThere were both good and bad signs from the Giants starting offensive line on Friday night.The good — The pass protection was outstanding. Eli Manning was never sacked in 23 drop backs, was hit only once and was comfortable in the pocket throughout the first half. That’s a big part of why he was able to go 17-of-23 (73.9 percent completion rate) for 188 yards.The bad — The run-blocking was non-existent. Jonathan Stewart (3 carries, -7 yards) and Wayne Gallman (6 carries, 8 yards) combined for 1 solitary yard in their 9 rushing attempts. Stewart’s problems — and there definitely appear to be some — aside there weren’t any holes and there were too many Jets defenders in the backfield.Sam Darnold is going to be good The Jets’ rookie quarterback showed a lot of good things Friday night. He led a game-opening 75-yard touchdown drive, which included a 14-yard run for a first down. He ended his night 8-of-16 for 86 yards and a touchdown, throwing several beautiful touch passes along the way. If Darnold is their Week 1 starter you can bet the Jets will play things a little tight to the vest, but the 21-year-old showed plenty for Jets fans to be excited about.It’s still Kerry Wynn’s worldThe veteran defensive end, outstanding in the first two preseason games, continued his excellent play. He had a sack, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hit and very nearly made a diving interception of a tipped pass.Hey, look what good blocking can do Eli Manning was never sacked. He was hit just once that I can recall. He stood comfortably in the pocket most of the night New York Giants Hats , not having to move around to find throwing lanes or avoid being pounded. That had to have a lot to do with Manning going 17-of-23 for 188 yards. Take away the drops by Sharp and Manning’s night looks even that much better. Amazing what Manning’s 37-year-old arm can still accomplish when he has time to do it.Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsDave Gettleman must be feeling goodThe Giants general manager, currently in remission in a fight with lymphoma, was at Friday’s game. Gettleman wandered through the press box before the game, looking good and talking to a number of people. He also came through the locker room after the game.Yeah, the Giants hat on his head looked goofy, but it was still good to see that the GM felt good enough deal with the crowds.Remission or not, we know Gettleman’s fight isn’t over. We continue to wish him the best. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn't expecting moves before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.More than that, Quinn says he sees no need for the resurgent Falcons to seek help from a trade.The Falcons (3-4) return from their bye week looking to continue momentum from two straight wins as they prepare to play at Washington (5-2) on Sunday."We really feel this team, where we're at and how we can go and attack from here, we have the right men to do that," Quinn said after Monday's practice when asked about the trade deadline.That's a strong vote of confidence from the coach of a team with six starters on injured reserve — including both safeties and both offensive guards.Quinn said he and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have discussed inquiries from other teams but haven't found a trade to pursue. "Not at this point," he said.Quinn and Dimitroff have been kept busy this season adjusting to the growing list of players lost with injuries.The latest challenge comes on the offensive line.Right guard Brandon Fusco suffered a broken right ankle in Atlanta's win over the New York Giants on Oct. 22 and was placed on injured reserve last week. Fusco joined left guard Andy Levitre on IR. Levitre suffered a season-ending triceps injury in a Week 2 win over Carolina.Wes Schweitzer has filled in for Levitre. Another veteran with starting experience, Ben Garland, will move up this week to replace Fusco at right guard.Garland will face an immediate challenge against a Redskins defense that sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning seven times in Sunday's 20-13 win ."I was very impressed with the stoutness of their inside three guys," Quinn said, naming nose tackle Daron Payne and defensive ends Matt Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen. Ioannidis had 2 陆 sacks against the Giants.Garland, who started three games last season, has experience at both guard spots and even has seen spot duty at defensive tackle."I'm confident playing left (guard)," Garland said. "I'm confident playing right. Center. It doesn't matter. Tight end New York Giants Womens Hoodie , fullback. Put me anywhere. I'm ready to go."The Falcons added depth to the line by signing Rees Odhiambo and Austin Pasztor during their bye week. Pasztor, who can play either tackle position, played in seven games with Atlanta in 2017. Odhiambo, who will learn the offense while playing left guard, spent the last four weeks on the Colts practice squad.Fusco is Atlanta's sixth player to be placed on IR this season, joining Levitre, safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, linebacker Deion Jones and running back Devonta Freeman . Jones, who must sit out at least two more games, and Freeman could return later this season.The bye week provided Quinn the rare opportunity to open a practice week without having to discuss a new injury. Instead, the news was positive.Placekicker Matt Bryant, who missed the Giants game with a hamstring injury, has not been ruled out for this week. More will be known about Bryant's status later in the week. Giorgio Tavecchio was the only placekicker on the field in the portion of Monday's practice open to reporters."He's making a turn for the better," said Quinn of Bryant. "... The thing I was fired up about is he's closer than he was last week by quite a bit."Quinn said the bye week also came at a good time for wide receivers Mohamed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle). "That's the good news," Quinn said, adding he was "hopeful we'll be at full strength at receiver."


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