First look at the revamped Giants in action
The Giants played the Patriots on Thursday night. Here are some of the things we learned from the game and advanced stats:
* Daniel Jones started the preseason with an effective drive, leading the team 13 plays for 68 yards for a 25-yard field goal. Jones made good, quick decisions on the practice, which included back-to-back 17-yard completions and a 6-yard run to convert a third down. Jones’ second drive was shorted by three presses on consecutive plays leading to a 3rd-and-18 and a punt.
* Fans got a good idea of what the offense will look like this season with plenty of shotguns and formations that include at least three wide receivers. There hasn’t been much pre-snap movement, which isn’t surprising considering teams don’t want to show off their full attacking package in pre-season. We’ve seen how offense will create easy shots that can turn into big wins.
* Collin Johnson led the Giants in targets with eight and in receptions with seven. The only incomplete for him was a high pass in the middle – he went into the air and the ball hit his hands and landed in the hug from Richie James. Johnson came on a 3rd-and-2 of 22 for the Giants in their second practice. He was pressed to the line by veteran Malcolm Butler. At the snap, he used his length and strength to legally push Butler back within the first five yards, which created the space needed to complete a 13-yard completion for a first down. Johnson fumbled once in the game but looked like he was holding the ball high and tight, but that didn’t stop Terrance Mitchell from making a good play and hitting the ball cleanly.
* The Giants running backs had their moments, combining 29 carries for 158 yards. Saquon Barkley and Co. did well to come down quickly. With Matt Breida out, there were plenty of snaps available for saves. Jashaun Corbin showed his combination of speed and explosiveness with 23 rushing yards and five catches for 28 yards. Gary Brightwell and Antonio Williams ran with power and broke tackles. Sandro Platzgummer helped set up the game-winning field goal with three carries for 21 yards on the final drive of the game.
* Overall, the Giants offense finished with 418 yards and had just two three outs.