QB: Eli Manning Passing: 7-14-62-0 TD / 1 INT- Sans Hakeem Nicks, the Giants came out with their first team offense and participated in three drives. During his first drive, Manning orchestrated a 12-play drive, which included a critical special teams penalty on Joe McKnight that kept the drive alive. Following three straight completions to Victor Cruz, which were mitigated by penalties, and one short dump off to Martellus Bennett, Lawrence Tynes booted a 35-yard field goal to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. In his second drive, Manning barely missed on a touchdown strike to Victor Cruz on a third-and-one from the 16 yard line. Some will argue that corner back Kyle Wilson held Cruz, but the referee did not throw the flag. The Giants converted the fourth-and-one as Manning found Domenik Hixon, who was closely covered by Darrelle Revis, for a short four-yard strike to pick up the first down. Once again, the Giants failed to score a red zone touchdown and settled for a 30-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal to gain a 6-0 advantage. On his final drive, Manning threw an errant pass that was intercepted by safety, LaRon Landry. Despite orchestrating two lengthy drives, the interception capped a frustrating night for Manning.
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw Rushing: 3-2-0 After taking his third carry, Bradshaw left the game and went to the locker room with an apparent hand injury. X-Rays came back negative, however a cyst on his hand was broken open. Bradshaw is not expected to miss any time, but Giant fans are beginning to wonder if Bradshaw is made of glass. Bradshaw has played through chronic foot issues before, but can he effectively carry the football and take hits with a hand injury? We will see.
RB: Danny Ware Rushing: 11-15-0; Receiving 0-0 (1 Target) Ware came in for the injured Bradshaw, but didn’t find much running room. Ware broke off one nice run of seven yards, but was quickly corralled by the Jet defense. With Wilson still learning the Giant offense and Bradshaw removing himself from the game, Ware simply served a stop-gap option.
RB: David Wilson Rushing: 8-26-0 Alike Ware, Wilson did not find much running room against the stout Jet defense. Wilson was able to slash his way for two first downs, but he looked timid at times as he broke the line of scrimmage. In addition, Wilson looked a bit dumbfounded in pass blocking situations. If Wilson wants to become a substantial part of the Giant offense, he must improve his pass blocking. Wilson was utilized as the team’s kick-off return man, however, he did not have an opportunity to return a kick.
WR: Victor Cruz Receiving: 5-51-0 (8 targets) With Nicks sidelined, Cruz was the team’s top passing option, garnering eight of fourteen possible targets from Manning. The Jet secondary took turns covering the Paterson, NJ product, and Cruz made the most of his non-Revis match-ups. As noted above, Cruz hauled in three straight passes from Manning and had a touchdown catch unjustly ripped away by Wilson. It was an impressive performance by Cruz and Nicks’ imminent return will only enhance the Giants’ passing attack.
WR: Rueben Randle Receiving: 1-49 (2 targets) Even though Randle took the field with David Carr and the second team offense, he made his presence felt. Carr and Randle hooked up for a 49-yard strike down the left sideline. Randle chose to wear #82 and his big play reminded many of another #82 (Mario Manningham) who stepped up for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
TE: Martellus Bennett Receiving: 1-7 (1 target) Manning found Bennett for seven yards on a third-and-ten from the Jet 24 yard-line, setting up Tynes’ first field goal of the evening.
Others: In the fourth quarter, running back, Joe Martinek hauled in a swing pass from third-string quarterback, Ryan Perrilloux and scampered 14 yards for a touchdown. Martinek’s score was the only offensive touchdown of the game.
Kicker Lawrence Tynes successfully booted four field goal attempts.
QB: Mark Sanchez Passing: 9-11-59 0 TD / 1 INT- Despite completing nine of his eleven passes, Sanchez was sacked three times, failed to convert any of his six third down opportunities, and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Sanchez did not have Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, or Chaz Schillens, but frankly, it didn’t really matter. The play by the Jet offensive line, namely Wayne Hunter, was down right embarrassing. Hunter gave way to two ugly sacks and had a third waved off due to a defensive penalty. Sanchez was constantly under duress and the sloppy offensive line play is to blame. Through two pre-season games, Sanchez’s offense has yet to register a touchdown.
QB: Tim Tebow– Passing: 5-14-69 0 TD /0 INT; Rushing: 2-5-0 Alike Sanchez, Tebow was constantly under duress. Tebow’s most memorable play happened in the fourth quarter when Giants’ safety, Will Hill rushed in unblocked and sacked him. Somehow, Tebow was able to get up, but this hit was a microcosm of how poor the Jets’ blocking adjustments were. In addition, Tebow under threw a wide-open Stephen Hill in the end zone on a second-and-ten from the Giants 25-yard-line. That drive resulted in a Josh Brown field goal, the Jets’ only points of the game. While Tebow’s 5-for-14 effort appears terrible, five of his nine incompletions were drops by receivers. In addition, Tebow threw two balls out of bounds rather than forcing the ball into tight coverage.
Overall, it was a very poor showing from the Jet quarterbacks. Despite some poor decisions, the quarterback duo absorbed seven sacks. If the Jets don’t solve their offensive line woes, it won’t matter which quarterback is under center.
RB: Shonn Greene– Rushing: 11-36-0; Receiving: 2-9-0 (2 targets) When the offense isn’t scoring, it’s difficult to find bright spots. However, Greene ran with some authority, registering five plays of five yards or more. While these plays alone aren’t going to win games, Greene’s tenacity cannot be overlooked. As pure runner, Greene is not dynamic, but given the Jets desire to run a ‘vanilla offense’, Greene can gain three-to-four yards per carry.
WR: Jordan White– Receiving: 3-28-0 (4 targets) White started in place of the injured Santonio Holmes and instantly became Sanchez’s favorite target. White hauled in three of his four targets, which included an impressive catch over safety, Antrell Rolle. Prior to the game, White was dealing with some swelling in his knee, so his condition is worth monitoring. Should Holmes not be ready for Week 1, White will start in his place.
WR: Stephen Hill– Receiving: 2-21-0 (3 targets) Hill started the game with Tebow and the Jets’ second team offense. On the first passing play, Tebow threw a pinpoint pass to Hill along the right sideline. A few plays later, Hill was wide open in the end zone, but Tebow underthrew him.
Last season with the Broncos, Tebow had a propensity for locking onto his larger receivers. Hill resembles Tebow’s favorite Denver target, Demaryius Thomas, and the two could form a nice repertoire.
TE: Dustin Keller– Receiving: 2-9-0 (2 targets) Keller was able to make two nice grabs over the middle of the field, but was not heavily featured. With Holmes out with an injury, many assumed Keller would be featured. Look for him to be more involved this week against the Carolina Panthers.
Others: Running back, Bilal Powell played with the second team offense. Powell demonstrated patience and explosion behind a leaky Jet offensive line. Powell ran six times for 21 yards. Powell’s running back counterpart, Joe McKnight, only mustered three yards on three carries.