Well, the Blue/White scrimmage at MetLife is history. Let’s take a look at the good and bad.
The offensive line was bad. Lorenzo Carter destroyed the starters with 4.5 sacks. I had Carter beating Andrew Thomas twice, Fleming once, Levine Toilolo the other. If Carter can wreck this much havoc, what will TJ Watt do opening night? The Jones-led offense had five drives resulting in four punts and one field goal. Not good against a defense that is not expected to be good.
Now in all fairness, the play-calling was vanilla. Garrett wasn’t about to show the Steelers spies anything, but the failure to move the ball was not encouraging.
Jones lost another fumble when Carter knocked the ball loose on one of his many sacks. Yes, it wasn’t ruled a fumble because of scrimmage rules, but if this was a game, it would have been a possible turnover. If this is a sign of things to come and Jones repeats his 2019 turnover issues, then the Giants will be a four win team again and the vultures will circle on Jones being a franchise quarterback,
Who Played Well
I had Gallman on the bubble this camp- that’s over now. Gallman was one of the few bright spots on offense, rushing for a 43-yard touchdown in the “first” quarter, and catching a touchdown from Cooper Rush in the ‘third.” Gallman was explosive all night and showed Judge that Pat Shurmur made a mistake burying him in the latter part of last season.
The transition to center in game-like conditions went well for Gates. With Pulley out, Gates received a lot of starter reps and handled it well. Gates and Jones are working well together and it looks like the Nebraska Cornhusker will be starting against the Steelers.
Leake had some nice runs and one good kickoff return. Leake has explosive feet and might be the man returning kickoffs. He was knocked back a peg on the running back depth chart with Gallman’s good scrimmage, but he will make this team.
Yes, Rush played well against backups, but he showed command and a nice touch on some throws. I mean, at least he led the offense on a touchdown drive, connecting with Wayne Gallman for six.
Lewis showed why the Giants brought him here. He ran well and was targeted numerous times by Colt McCoy in the passing game. Lewis is a good pass pro running back and will help this offense immensely this season.
Other offense notables:
C.J. Board continues to make plays. Board continued his strong camp with some nice receptions. Judge gave Board a look at returning punts and didn’t fare well, muffing one and doing the “no-no” by receiving a punt inside the five. But overall, Board makes plays and will be a tough 53 cut.
Sills didn’t have a strong scrimmage. He dropped a touchdown pass and failed to come up with another throw at his knees. Sills has been a major bright spot in camp but didn’t elevate his game last night.
Andrew Thomas struggled at left tackle. Carter beat him twice and he gave up two pressures. I know it’s tough for a rookie to step in at such an important position, but he was the No. 1 tackle taken in draft. Thomas needs to improve in the next 16 days or it will be a nightmare against Pitt.
-I loved the way Shane Lemieux looked
-Playing center for the injured Spencer Pulley, Tyler Haycraft did some good things at center.
-Darius Slayton had a nice grab on an in from Jones providing the key play on the only Jones-led scoring drive.
Is this the year Lo breaks out? Well if last night was any indication, the answer is yes.
Lawrence was active last night. He has a knack for knocking passes down at line and played the run well. I expect a big year for the big man.
-Kyler Frackrell made a nice negative tackle on a swing pass to Lewis.
-B.J. Hill (remember him?) burst through the line (unblocked) and dropped Gallman for a loss.
-Grant Haley had a few passes defensed.
-Carter Coughlin with a sack and pressure.
-Markus Golden had a sack.
Overall the D created a lot of pressure in the pocket, they better, because the secondary will get torched if opposing QB’s have time to throw.
Riley Dixon punted well and Gano displayed a strong leg, connecting on two field goals and placing numerous kickoffs in end zone.