Dress Rehearsal Review Preseason Week 3 Giants over Jets 22-16: Giants Perspective by Vincent Zahler
The meaningful portion of the preseason ended with the annual MetLife Bowl that left people from both sides feeling some optimism heading into the season. Both starting quarterbacks, young and old, filled up the stat sheet. Only one though, Sam Darnold, was able to put the ball into the endzone much to the chagrin of Giants fans who were hoping David Gettleman would have selected him back in April. Eli Manning showed that he still indeed had “it” with a solid performance. Going 17 of 23 for a respectable 188 yards that was highlighted by a 54 yard connection to the new unofficial 3rd wide receiver Cody Latimer. While it was the Eli highlight of the night, it was also something of a lowlight as it was underthrown and caused Latimer to slow up instead of being able to take it in for a score. Eli had another regrettable throw when he put stud tight end Evan Engram in a Jets secondary sandwich resulting in a concussion for Engram. Other than that, it's fair to say, Eli wrapped up his preseason with enough to show that he's not what's wrong with the Giants offense. Davis Webb was solid and also capitalized on a long connection to roster bubble receiver Alonzo Russell who snagged the jump ball 47 yards downfield. Webb hasn't lived up to the off-season hype but he hasn't faceplanted either. Someone who didn't impress at all was the off-season acquisition running back Jonathan Stewart. Equipped with his contract of over 3 million guaranteed, he's managed to somehow “rush” for -5 yards on 10 carries this postseason. If that were not embarrassing enough, he killed a drive in the red zone following the deep catch by Latimer by putting the ball on the ground and having it picked up by Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams who ran it back 39 yards. Wayne Gallman and Jhurrell Pressley were decent but unspectacular while playing behind Stewart. Special Teams has had it's ups and downs this preseason but Hunter Sharp who is failing as a receiver with 2 critical 3rd down drops in the game, scored on a punt return. Aldrick Rosas has impressed this preseason after his mediocre 2017 season, going perfect again and showing a consistent strong leg. Possibly the most positive attribute showed by the Giants this preseason has been the discipline. Averaging less than 50 yards in penalties per game, it appears the Pat Shurmer has made it a point for the team not to beat itself. Now that the starters have finished up their preseason, it's just one more week for fringe players to make their case for the team. While it hasn't been dynamic, the Giants have shown well enough to fully expect much improvement from their disastrous 2017 season.