In an unusually high-scoring exhibition game, the New York Giants lost 32-31 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first week of preseason.
What did we learn?
First of all, we saw Eli Manning throw eight times, completing four passes for 60 yards. He completed a 28-yard pass to Victor Cruz.
The Giants emerged as a pass-happy offensive football team last season and from the early signs in preseason, not much will change this year.
That said, we also learned that running back David Wilson could be a special player in this league.
Wilson, New York’s first round draft pick, had seven rushes for 43 yards and added two receptions for 26 yards. He showed tremendous speed and didn’t shy away from contact whatsoever. Though Wilson will start the year off behind Ahmad Bradshaw on the depth chart, he’s sure to be a considerable part of the offense regardless.
It was also an impressive day for Martellus Bennett, who caught three balls for 27 yards and a touchdown. He’s going to be battling with Bear Pascoe for the starting job at tight end and Bennett didn’t do himself any harm by his play against Jacksonville.
Clearly, the defensive performance was not up to par for the Giants though. Their first-team D may have only played for a short time, but they still let second-year pro Blaine Gabbert march up the field and score a touchdown on the first possession.
New York will next play the cross-town rival Jets in their next preseason game and the NFL odds have that matchup as a pick’em. It’ll be another good test for the Giants, especially for the first-team offense, to come up against Rex Ryan’s strong defensive foundation.
All in all though, there were both positive and negative signs from the first week of preseason. Luckily we’ve still got a long ways still to go.