John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants wanted to give their struggling first team offense one more chance to straighten themselves out in the final preseason game vs New England Thursday night.
It didn’t happen. The timing and tentativeness was still prevalent as QB Eli Manning and his receivers continued to be on different pages. Manning was just 1-for-4 for zero yards and didn’t look good doing it.
The Giants’ first unit played two series. They ran a total of eight plays, managing to gain only 23 net yards and one first down against the Patriots’ backup defense. They won the game, 16-13, to finish the preseason undefeated but accomplished very little on offense in the process.
Head coach Tom Coughlin is growing weary of the starting offense’s inability to play cohesively.
“I thought the worst play of the night was, again, the misconnection between Rueben Randle and Eli. “I thought, he thought” – one of those kinds of things. We’re all – everyone in this room – is tired of hearing that stuff. There’s no place for that.”
He was asked why the starters played only two series.
“If they wanted to play more, they should’ve made some first downs and stayed out there,” he said.
Injuries: WR Mario Manningham (calf); FB Henry Hynoski (shoulder). Hynoski apparently injured the same shoulder he fractured last year that caused him to miss the entire 2013 season.
“I heard him say that he thought it was some kind of cuff injury or something of that nature,” Coughlin said. “But the official pronouncement from the medical team, I didn’t hear.”
This clouds the FB situation. The Giants were likely going to keep Hynoski and waive John Conner, but that probably won’t happen now.
Manningham was on the roster bubble coming into the game, and since he did not get a chance to make his case last night, will likely be among the players cut on Saturday.
Did not play: WR Odell Beckham, Jr., WR Trindon Holliday, CB Prince Amukamara, LB Jon Beason, LB Mark Herzlich, T Charles Brown, T James Brewer, G Geoff Schwartz, G Brandon Mosley and DT 78 Markus Kuhn.
Weston Richburg started at LG in place of Schwartz and John Jerry was at RG for Mosley. Walter Thurmond III started at RCB in place of Prince.
Final roster cuts are due Saturday by 4pm.
Factoid: The Giants finished with an undefeated preseason record for the first time since they were 4-0 in 2006. They last had a perfect preseason of more than four games in 1985, when they were 5-0. The Giants qualified for the playoffs in each of those seasons.