Result: Boring first half; high-scoring second half as backup Ryan Nassib throws three touchdown passes to lead Giants.
Need to Know: Eli Manning played the first half. After a rough start (5-for-11, 50 yards), he was 7 of 10 for 89 yards on the Giants’ last first-half possession, finishing with a 15-yard TD pass to Reuben Randle. . .Nassib was 8-for-12 for 103 yards. Running back Andre Williams, whose comments about the Giants being the “real” New York team, caused a mild stir, scored on a 1-yard run and had 11 carries for 49 yards. . .Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz dislocated a toe late in the second quarter and was carted off the field. When asked if the injury was serious, Tom Coughlin said “Serious? Hard to play with a toe not functioning.” . . Wide receiver Marcus Harris (sprained AC joint in shoulder) left the game and will be reportedly be out 3-4 weeks. Cornerback Zack Bowman (bruised triceps) and defensive tackle Marcus Kuhn (leg) also left and did not return. . . .The Giants went to their second team sooner than the Jets, who had many of their starters in midway through the third quarter. . The Giants allowed 393 yards of total offense. . . The seven TDs were most scored by Jets, Giants combined in their 46 preseason games dating to 1969.
Game Ball: DE Damontre Moore had two sacks, four tackles, and a fumble recovery to set up the Giants’ first second-half TD.
What’s Next: The Giants (4-0) wrap up their preseason schedule next Thursday at MetLife Stadium against New England (7:30 p.m.) Eleven days later, they open the regular season at Detroit Monday Sept. 8 (8:30pm)
Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz was carted off the field Friday night with what the team reported was a dislocated toe late in the second quarter against the Jets.
Schwartz fell after an incomplete pass. Schwartz grimaced as trainers examined him before heading to the locker room on a cart. Wide receiver Marcus Harris (shoulder) also left and will not return.
Schwartz joined the Giants in the offseason as a free agent from Kansas City.
The Giants (3-0) will try straighten out their preseason offensive struggles vs the Jets tonight in the annual “Snoopy Bowl.”
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Site: MetLife Stadium
Surface: Field Turf
TV: WCBS Ch 2 with Ian Eagle, Greg Buttle and Otis Livingston
Radio: WCBS 880AM with Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross
The Series: The Giants and the Jets meet for the 46th consecutive preseason since the series began in 1969. From 1969-1983, the game was The teams have alternated as the home team since the Jets moved to New Jersey in 1984. The Jets lead the series, 24-20-1. Last year, the Jets beat the Giants in overtime, 24-21, in MetLife Stadium.
This is the fifth preseason matchup between the two teams at MetLife Stadium, the home field for both the Giants and the Jets, which opened in 2010.
This will be the final chance for 15 players to make a case for themselves. The rosters will be trimmed from 90 to 75 players on Tuesday. The Giants play the Patriots on Thursday with the rosters then be finalized by Saturday.
Here are the players not suiting up against the Jets on Friday night:
- WR Odell Beckham Jr.
- CB Prince Amukamara
- OT Charles Brown
- CB Jayron Hosley
- WR Trindon Holliday
- OT James Brewer
- RB Peyton Hillis
- TE Xavier Grimble
- S Cooper Taylor
- LB Jon Beason (PUP)
Both Corey Washington and Marcus Harris are expected to get extended looks with the first team on Friday night against the Jets (Raanan, August 22).
The undrafted wide receivers will likely take time away from Jerrel Jernigan, who might get cut, the report said. Mario Manningham is also on the bubble for a roster spot.
Washington had made seven receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Harris had eight catches for 90 yards.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
With roster cuts on the horizon and the Giants needing to show some continuity on offense early, tonight’s game vs the Jets is the most important of the preseason. Forget the so-called “rivalry”, the real contests will be for jobs and peace of mind.
Some key things to watch for….
Offense: Run the ball on the Jets’ first-team DL. In the first two preseason games, the Giants fared well on the ground. They need to establish the run to open up the passing game i.e. play-action et al. The short-passing game has to tighten up. Eli is not adept at swings, screens and slants, which is something that has to change if new OC Ben McAdoo’s offense is going to work. We know the long pass is there, but we’d like to see Victor Cruz and/or Rueben Randle catch one tonight. The TEs are still a huge question mark. Hopefully someone emerges vs the Jets’ first team defense and makes a play or two. The shuffling on the offensive line is a constant exercise, but look for rookie Weston Richburg to play a lot of snaps tonight.
Defense: The pass rush looks slow and late to the party. They have to get to Geno Smith tonight. At least pressure him. With Mike Patterson back, the Giants can slow the Jets on the ground. The back seven has played well, so I don’t expect the Jets to have a lot of success in the passing game. The LBs have suddenly become fun to watch. Jacquian Williams is on the verge of an epic season. Rookie Devon Kennard continues to impress forcing Spencer Paysinger to step up his game. He’s responded. The secondary will likely be without Prince Amukamara tonight, so the pressure will be on Walter Thurmond and DRC to blanket the Jet receivers on the outside.
Special Teams: PK Josh Brown has not given challenger Brandon McManus a lot of wiggle room this summer. Both have been excellent. One has to go, though….the returners appear to be set. Quintin Demps will be the primary kickoff guy and unless Trindon Holliday (hamstring) can burst on the scene with a eye-opening performance (or two), Preston Parker will continue to return punts. The returner positions in general are amorphous, but knowing Tom Coughlin, he’s going to go with what works best at the moment.
Other things…..WRs Corey Washington and Marcus Harris can make the team with strong outings if they haven’t already…TE Adrien Robinson will try to build off his solid fourth quarter from last week….QB Ryan Nassib needs a confident, staid, productive showing tonight for the Giants to consider carrying just two QBs…with Cooper Taylor likely gone for the year, the club is looking for a fourth safety behind Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Quntin Demps. Keep your eye on rookies Nat Behre, CJ Barnett and Thomas Gordon tonight.
Odell Beckham Jr. in Topps commercial
Just over a day after Andre Williams set off Jets coach Rex Ryan, the Giants rookie took to twitter to try to clear things up (Daily News, August 21).
Williams said Thursday that one of his quotes had been blown out of proportion – though he did add that “there can only be one winner” in Friday night’s Jets-Giants match up.
“Smh, boy I probably shouldn’t even say nething more bcuz sometimes things get taken outta context,” Williams tweeted in reference to calling the Giants the “real New York Team”.
After Williams’ comments surfaced, Ryan spent Wednesday firing back. The Jets coach said the last time he’d seen the former Boston College running back, he was getting “smoked” by Clemson.
But Williams took the positive spin on that jab as he said it was “an honor” to hear Ryan had watched him play at BC.
“We might have lost to Clemson but I guess he (Ryan) was doing his due diligence!” Williams said as he wrapped up his twitter explanation.
“NY is big enough for the Giants & the Jets and I’m honored to step on the field with them Friday night,” WIlliams wrote. “… Still, there can only be 1 winner!”
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Williams is finding out the hard way that even the most innocuous statements can come back to bite you here in New York. Especially if they raise the attention of a world-class gumflapper like Rex Ryan, who can never pass up an opportunity to take a swipe at the Giants or their players. Williams will surely be given the “stay off Twitter” speech from Tom Coughlin if he hasn’t already.
The Giants will likely pull out all the stops in the first half tonight in their game vs the Jets. The starters, especially on offense, have shown little and the fans are becoming anxious.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is concerned, but not panicking. But he wants to see progress tonight.
“Based on last week I would hope that there is a significant production and better quality of play from our one’s certainly,” said Coughlin.
LoudMouths Adam Schein and Chris Carlin discuss the Giants offense and how it needs to step up against the Jets’ cornerbacks to give fans confidence.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The offensive line is going through some shuffling right now and head coach Tom Coughlin was asked if this was because of the recent injuries and performance or if it was the plan all along.
“It’s the plan all along,” he said. “We just want to mix them around, make sure that guys can be flexible enough to move.”
Coughlin has intimated to his team that it’s time to start putting things together. Friday’s game will tell us if the message was heard.
“We got the message,” said WR Victor Cruz. “We understood, he has a way of saying it that makes it very loud and very clear so we got the message and we understood that. He didn’t even have to say anything for us to know that we had to play better and we had to perform better from an earlier standpoint in the game, when we’re in the game. We understand that and hopefully we can change that come Friday.”
DE Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t too worried about his preseason stats. He was asked how important sacks in the preseason were to him.
“Not important,” said JPP. “It’s not important at all. We only get 25 snaps, that’s not a realistic number for me to play, play hard in 25. You don’t get a feel of what the offensive tackle’s doing or the inside rusher. I’m not worried about sacks in the preseason. Wait a couple weeks and we’ll see.”
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