New York Giants: Studs and Duds in Preseason Opener vs. Jets

T.J. Jones, New York Giants

The New York Giants opened up the 2019 campaign with a preseason 31-22 win vs. their cross-town rivals, The New York Jets. Here are the studs and duds for the Giants in their opener.

Stud: Daniel Jones

A debut that couldn’t have gone any better. I know it’s only preseason and he played against half the Jets first-team but Dave Gettleman must be smiling somewhere. Jones went a perfect 5/5 for 67 yards and a touchdown on his first and only series. His first touchdown pass was a perfectly dropped ball into the arms of Bennie Fowler in the back right corner of the end-zone. While it would have been nice to see Jones get more action, it was a great first game to build on for the highly debated draft pick.

Dud: Eli Manning

The offense heard boo’s on their first series of the preseason but that’s New York for you. It’s hard to judge Eli when he only threw the ball once but the offense just looked electric under Jones. One series won’t change him being the starter but if this becomes a pattern, uh oh.

Stud: Russell Shepard

Giants needed receivers to step up and Shepard answered the bell. The veteran took a slant from Alex Tanney 51 yards to the house. It was exactly what Pat Shurmur was hoping to see from a rattled wide receiver room. The receiving core isn’t a two-man show of Sterling Shepard and ex-Giant OBJ anymore, it’s going to be a committee.

Dud: Julian Love

The rookie DB had a tough first series; failing to communicate with Jabrill Peppers one play then getting caught in a pick play resulting in a touchdown. However, later on, he seemed to get more in a rhythm adjusting to the faster speed of the NFL. A Learning curve is going to be expected for this secondary considering Jenkins is the only returning starter.

Dud: Paul Perkins

This was Perkins opportunity to make Giants fans remember his promising rookie year but a fumble before halftime, struggling to run the ball, and add in a drop to the disappointing return. It’s surprising to see after an encouraging training camp but they play 4 preseason games for a reason.

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Stud: Alex Tanney

Tanney’s day was impressive further solidifying himself a spot on this roster. He completed 14/19 for 190 yards and 1 touchdown. He had unleashed a laser on a slant to Russell Shepard for a 51-yard touchdown and dropped a beautiful 40-yard pass to Alonzo Russell. The veteran is in the lead for the third and final QB spot behind Manning and Jones.

Stud: Alonzo Russell

Training camp stands out Alonzo Russell had a great release on a 39-yard completion from Tanney. He had another great route getting behind the Jets backups early in the third quarter what would have been a walk-in touchdown but Tanney decided to pick up the first down with his legs.

Stud: T.J. Jones

With opportunities open on the depth chart, T.J. Jones made a name for himself reeling in 6 receptions for 72 yards and an impressive one-handed back shoulder touchdown grab from Lauletta.

Other Game Notes:

-Corey Ballentine continues to impress as he made an incredible interception showing off his athleticism. He also looked like a natural returning the football. His first return was a botched catch in the end-zone as he took the touchback but followed it up with a 40-yard return on a kickoff. Ballentine returned kicks regularly at Washburn University. His stock continues to rise.

-Reggie White Jr. also contributed toward a great day for Giants wide receivers: 6 receptions for 40 yards.

-Ryan Connelly was all over the field. Bettcher loves the kid to begin with. Look for increased reps for the rookie linebacker out of Wisconsin.

-Long Island local and undrafted rookie Jake Carlock made a fantastic play batting down Jets QB Davis Webb’s pass and returning it for a 59-yard touchdown.

New York Giants: Stock Up, Stock Down After Preseason Week one

The New York Giants played their first preseason game of the 2019 season Thursday night. The Giants faced off against the little brother New York Jets in a so-called “Snoopy Bowl.” The Giants won the game 31-22.

The Giants looked good in their first preseason game, but of course, some players looked better than others. There were some surprises, some players who lived up to the hype, and some players who disappointed. Those who delivered will see their “stock” rise. Those who did not will see it fall.

Stock Up:

Daniel Jones

Tthe Giants’ sixth overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, Daniel Jones, made his highly anticipated debut in the first quarter of Thursday’s game. Daniel Jones absolutely lived up to the hype.

Jones only played one possession, but he impressed just about every fan and analyst he could with that one possession. Daniel threw five passes and completed all five of them for 67 yards and 1 touchdown.

The rookie capped off the impressive drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone to Bennie Fowler. Check out every pass from Daniel’s awesome debut below:

Daniel Jones’s impressive play gives Giants fans hope and is his first step at proving the doubters wrong. If he keeps this up, we could see a serious quarterback competition form. Major stock up for young Danielson.

Jake Carlock

The Long Island native outside linebacker Jake Carlock had an impressive first NFL game on Thursday. The undrafted rookie came away with one sack and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

Carlock was a longshot to make the roster, but after an electric performance against the Jets, it looks like Jake could be a darkhorse depth player to make the roset. Obviously, he will need to prove this was not just a fluke, but what an excellent performance from a little-known rookie! Stock up.

Stock Down

Paul Perkins

Paul Perkins was a player that many were excited to see prior to Thursday’s matchup. The forgotten running back has had a solid training camp and reminded people why he was once a starter on this team.

Unfortunately, this did not carry into Thursday’s preseason outing. Perkins carried the ball 4 times, gaining only 9 yards. To make matters worse, Paul Perkins fumbled after catching a short pass in the second quarter.

Perkins’s poor play hurts his chances of making the team. He will need to bounce back from this and have an impressive outing next week in order to secure a roster spot. Cuts are coming up so players need to get on their A-game as soon as possible. This is especially true for Perkins. He might have fumbled the second-string running back job away tonight.

Julian Love

The Giants’ secondary was completely rebuilt this offseason and this generated a lot of excitement heading into the first preseason game.

One rookie defensive back in particular that Giants fans were excited about was Julian Love. Unfortunately, Love did not have a great game on Thursday. Julian made some communication mistakes and got beat a couple of times early in the contest.

The Jets’ touchdown on their opening drive came against Julian Love and DeAndre Baker:

Granted, it is only the first preseason game. There is not too much to worry about with Julian Love. Just, maybe Giants fans should scale back their expectations a bit. These guys are rookies, they are still getting acclimated to the NFL. It takes time.

On a more encouraging note, Julian Love did bounce back later in the game with a nice pass breakup: