Result: Four field goals from kicker Chris Boswell helped the Giants top the New England Patriots in Foxborough on Thursday night, 12-9. Big Blue’s starting quarterback Eli Manning along with Patriots No. 1 QB Tom Brady did not see action in the preseason finale.
Need To Know: Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib played into the latter stages of the fourth quarter for New York before Ricky Stanzi stepped in with just under three minutes remaining. The Syracuse product completed 16 of 32 attempts for 193 yards, but couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.
Rookie wideout and UConn product Geremy Davis led the way for Big Blue in the receiving department, hauling in three receptions for 65 yards while veteran receiver James Jones collected four passes for 39 yards.
On the ground, Orleans Darkwa paced the Giants, rushing for 39 yards on 10 touches, with second-year pro Andre Williams toting the rock eight times for 28 yards.
A late sack and forced fumble by defensive end Damontre Moore kept the Patriots from registering the potential go-ahead score, and helped the Giants preserve their second victory of the preseason.
Links: Box Score
What’s Next: The Giants begin their regular season schedule in Dallas on Sept. 13 against the Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Apparently the Giants have been in touch with JPP and his reps this week and things seem to be warming up between the two sides.
That does not mean that JPP is ready to play right now or even this season.
These 11 players will not play in the final preseason game against the Patriots on Thursday night, the Giants announced.
- DE Robert Ayers
- LB Jon Beason
- Tackle Will Beatty
- Safety Nat Berhe
- CB Chykie Brown
- Kicker Josh Brown
- LB Jonathan Casillas
- WR Victor Cruz
- CB Chandler Fenner
- DT Cullen Jenkins
- Safety Jeromy Miles
The fourth and final preseason game has arrived, which pins the New York Giants against the New England Patriots.
Consider this game one last attempt for many of the second and third-stringers to make the final 53-man roster, though many across the league suggest those spots have already been decided in advance of Thursday night’s game.
Nonetheless, there’s still a depth chart to climb and a chance to be a part of the 2015 Giants.
Here are five Giants players to watch Thursday night against New England…
1.) Jerome Cunningham, TE
One of the most most-watched position battles through training camp and the preseason has been at the No. 3 tight end. Will Tye was released on Tuesday, leaving incumbent Adrien Robinson and Cunningham to fight for the final tight end spot on the 53-man roster.
The Giants have put their backing in Robinson year after year, only to see his potential fall to the wayside. Cunningham, who is 24 years old (two years younger than Robinson), has been a head-turner this summer and hauled in his first career touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib in last week’s preseason contest.
The Giants have a tough decision to make between the two, but we’re leaning on Cunningham to get the nod, especially if he impresses against the Patriots.
2.) Stevie Brown, S
The newest Giants safety is a familiar one. Brown returned to the team earlier this week after asking the Houston Texans for his release.
Currently, Brown is competing with veteran Brandon Meriweather for the starting safety spot next to rookie Landon Collins. Brown, of course, holds a Giants record of 307 interception return yards, set back in 2012. This week in practice, he nabbed a pick as he acclimated to Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.
Brown would be hard-pressed to win a starting job after being with the team for a week, but a solid fourth preseason game could keep him in the mix.
3.) Orleans Darkwa, RB
Darkwa is no lock to make the final roster, but he has arguably been one of the most impressive players to watch during the preseason.
The former Tulane back ranks 16th in the league with 92 rushing yards this preseason, with a 6.7 yards per attempt average.
With Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings, Darkwa is a bit of a long-shot to make the 53-man roster. However, it’s fair to say he has an edge over fellow fourth-stringer Kenneth Harper. And as a return specialist, there is one more reason to keep him on board.
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John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants (1-2) travel to Foxboro to wrap up the 2015 preseason against the New England Patriots (2-1).
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Gillette Stadium
TV: WNBC 4 NY: Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross, and Bruce Beck
Radio: WFAN 660 AM and 101.9 FM: Chris Carrino, David Diehl, and Paul Dottino
Referee: Pete Morelli
The series: The Giants meet the Patriots for the 25th time in the preseason, with the Giants leading the series, 15-9. This is the 11th consecutive year the two teams have ended the preseason against one another. In the regular season, the Giants and Patriots have met nine times, with the Patriots leading the series, 5-4. The teams will meet in a regular season game on Nov. 15, 2015 at Met Life Stadium.
It never gets old…The Giants are 2-0 against the Patriots in the postseason.The Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, 17-14, and Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.
The Giants will play some starters “very little,” according to head coach Tom Coughlin. This game is all about the Giants finding their identity and rounding out their 53-man roster, so get ready to watch a game of backups vs backups.
Big Blue will likely have their top three draft picks on display against the Pats. LT Ereck Flowers, S Landon Collins, and DE Owa Odighizuwa will all likely get extra reps. Coughlin is especially high on Odighizuwa, who is improving by the day.
“Well obviously he has had a chance to practice and he has had a chance to learn more in the system and look at himself on tape and his coach has been able to make the corrections with him,” Coughlin said. “Again, that accumulative effect is what you are trying to accomplish in professional football even throughout the course of the entire season so he definitely has improved. There is still of course a lot of work to be done but he has improved.”
Not playing for the Giants tonight…DE Robert Ayers, LB Jon Beason, Tackle Will Beatty, Safety Nat Berhe, CB Chykie Brown, K Josh Brown, LB Jonathan Casillas, WR Victor Cruz, CB Chandler Fenner, DT Cullen Jenkins and Safety Jeromy Miles.
The Giants are hoping to see DE Jason Pierre-Paul at QDTC before the the beginning of the season, but he has yet to make any statements regarding when or if he’ll show. On Tuesday, he was placed on the reserve/franchise player list.
The Patriots traditionally do not play their starters, so don’t expect to see QB Tom Brady out on the field. With all the season-ending injuries around the league this summer, teams are holding back their stars more than ever this week.
Head coach Bill Belichick has a history of taking on talented players that have under-performed and helped to rejuvenate their careers. This summer, he’s got RB Dion Lewis, the former Pitt star who has bounced around the NFL his first three seasons.
“Dion had a good spring, he had a good offseason program, did a nice job in OTAs,” Belichick said this week. “He’s learned really all of our offense, all three downs, plus some stuff in the kicking game. Yeah, he’s done a good job. He’s picked things up well. He’s been healthy for the most part other than one week there in training camp. But he’s been out, he’s gotten a lot of work in and that’s been good for a guy who missed the season last year. He’s done a good job. I like him.”
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What is the deal with Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, you ask? Well, it’s ten days from opening day and he’s nowhere to be found. On Tuesday, the Giants placed the former All-Pro on the reserve/franchise player list, which means he’s no longer on their active roster.
When he will come in from the cold is anyone’s guess. The initial consensus was that when he felt he was ready to hit the field, he would show up at QDTC, sign his franchise tender and put that No. 90 jersey back on.
But that hasn’t happened, and now many believe it may never happen. JPP’s injuries sustained in the July 4th fireworks mishap appear to be more serious than initially reported and his Giant career could be over.
Not only did he lose his right index finger, his thumb was shattered practically to pieces. How long does an injury such as that take to heal? The answer varies from months to years to never. It is already clear that Pierre-Paul will never have full use of his right hand and to try and play pro football with that impediment may be too much of reach, even for him.
If JPP is forced to sit this season, he becomes a free agent next March. Will the Giants look to sign him? Probably not. His whole handling of this affair has been nothing short of ridiculous. His shunning of the Giants after the accident has left a bad taste in the mouths of the Giants’ brass.
In my experience covering the Giants, when you draw the ire of both owners of the club, you usually don’t last long.
LoudMouths Chris Carlin and Sal Licata discuss if this season is lost for JPP.