John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The main objective of every NFL coach in the final preseason game is to not get any of your starters hurt. The Patriots’ Bill Belichick made sure he followed that rule to the T by sitting his first-stringers tonight.
Tom Coughlin, not happy with the lack of continuity and execution in his club, played his starters into the second quarter and in some cases, well beyond.
The Giants ended up paying a heavy price. RB Andre Brown suffered a fracture to his left leg on a rushing play over the middle right before the two-minute warning in the second quarter. Brown apparently took a helmet to the leg, the same one he broke against the Packers last November.
This latest injury is not believed to be as severe as last season’s. It is possible he may avoid surgery, or even IR. He was positive he could be back in a few weeks, but more tests are being scheduled.
If that is the case, the Giants may carry him on the roster for a few weeks or they can place him on the designated to return IR list, which is a possibility. The Giants would have to put Brown on the 53-man roster first, then place him on IR and then sign or re-sign another player.
TE Adrien Robinson (foot) was injured on the first series, and tried to return. X-rays were negative. He was wearing a protective boot after the game, however. He will get an MRI on Friday.
Safety Tyler Sash left he game in the first half with a concussion. They join a long list of Giant players who incurred injuries this summer.
The game itself was all over the place. On offense, the Giants played all four QBs and never really looked fluid behind any of them. The offensive line made several errors but looked better than they had in prior games.
They finally scored in the red zone on an Eli-to-Nicks strike on the third offensive series, but still only converted 4 of 16 on third down and went 0-3 on fourth down.
The Giants had five sacks on defense and allowed five on offense. They committed eleven penalties, which is way too high for Coughlin’s liking, I’m sure.
On defense, they had to contend with little-used backup Ryan Mallett (10/16 117 ids, 1 TD and 1 INT) and Tim Tebow, who looked inept and overwhelmed on most plays, but managed to throw the game-winning TD and a tack-on TD in the final seconds.
The final was Patriots 28, Giants 20 with lots of questions to be answered by the Giants in the next 48 hours when the 53-man rosters are due. The Giants finished the preseason with a record of 1-3.