It’s difficult to get a grip on things after one game, especially the game that was played on Saturday night, but. here’s some data/facts/conjecture to chew on for the time being….
The backup QBs got equal opportunities on Saturday. Curtis Painter ran 22 plays, David Carr 19 and Ryan Nassib 18. Eli Manning only took nine snaps, but he was the only one of the four to to throw a TD, a 57-yard strike to Victor Cruz.
The starting offensive line did another stellar job protecting Eli Manning. He was not sacked. The backups were all sacked at least once. The run offense was not as effective. The Giants averaged only 2.5 yards per attempt for the entire game.
Da’Rel Scott took the most handoffs (10) but only gained 12 yards total on the ground. He is not helping his case. He did catch passes for gains of 20 and nine yards, however. Andre Brown was the Giants’ most effective runner (4 for 23) but lost a fumble which negates all the good. Just ask Tom…
At WR, Louis Murphy got four looks, more than any other receiver, but was only able to reel one in. His corner post in the endzone from Eli was uncatchable btw. Rueben Randle had a nice 16 yard catch and run, where he made the first tackler miss. He was targeted down the left sideline by Eli but could not catch up to the pass. His other attempt was on the goal line. The pass looked either low or behind him and fell incomplete. Jerrel Jernigan caught two passes – one for 15 yards and the other for 13. TE Brandon Myers had one opportunity and turned it into a 20-yard gain.
C Jim Cordle took the most snaps on offense (50), but was not the center that snapped the ball that got past Ryan Nassib for a Steeler touchdown. That was Matt McCants, and what he was doing at center to begin with is troublesome for him. McCants doesn’t look like he’s cutting it at the other positions this summer.
OL Stephen Goodin played on 65% of the offensive snaps Saturday. The Giants want to give him a longer look this year. He’s a big, strong guy and Tom Coughlin has frequently mentioned him when he talks about the line. Goodin did, however, commit the Giants’ first penalty – a false start on the first play of Ryan Nassib’s arc which ended in disaster. His increased snap count was probably due to the absence of James Brewer and Justin Pugh, but he is still someone the team values and is worth keeping an eye on.
On defense, the Giants spread their production out. LB Spencer Paysinger was active with five tackles. Safeties Tyler Sash and Ryan Mundy had four as did DE Damontre Moore, who was all over the ball. Moore had one tackle for a loss and QB hit. Sash was credited with a safety and a pass defended as well as a fumble recovery on a muffed punt. LB Jacquian Williams batted down a Ben Roethlisberger pass down at the line.
The Giants recorded five sacks. DE Adewale Ojomo had 1.5. DL Cullen Jenkins, DE Justin Trattou and CB Charles James had one each and DT Frank Okam had a a half sack.
P Steve Weatherford averaged 49.5 yards on six punts with a long of 58 and two downed inside the 20. Not bad.
K Josh Brown had four kickoffs, two went for touchbacks but the others were returned for 30 and 27 yards respectfully. He was 3-of-4 on FGAs, with a 47-yard hit and a 38-yard miss.
On punt returns, the Giants were able to return two of the five that made it past Moore. Charles James returned one for 20 yards and Jayron Hosley had one for four yards. James could be the guy here….
On kickoffs, the Steelers didn’t give the Giants many chances. Three of the four went for touchbacks. Jernigan returned the other for 27 yards. He’s no David Wilson. This is an area where the Giants’ production will sag if Wilson is not afforded many opportunities.
Some special teams names to remember: Kyle Bosworth, Michael Cox, Larry Donnell, Mundy and, of course, Damontre Moore. Sash is still a top special teamer, too, and he played like a guy who is going to make this team.