The Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-12 on Friday night in their first action of the preseason. Let me start by saying this. Fans do not get too caught up into the preseason. It is a totally different game come the regular season, so take the preseason with a grain of salt. However, let me tell you some of the things you should takeaway from the Giants first preseason game.
Collins and Flowers Start Where They Left Off
This is bad news for Flowers and good news for Collins. Ereck Flowers played one quarter on Friday night. Guess what happened? Yup, he let up a sack. Starting right where he left off. HORRIBLE. The former first round draft pick has been a huge disappointment for the Giants. There were reports that he was getting in better shape, but so far it does not seem to be helping. People who have been watching him in camp have said he looks like the same old inconsistent Flowers.
On the other hand, Landon Collins is an absolute BEAST. Collins played about a quarter and a half in this game and he played very well. He had 5 total tackles. Two of which came in the backfield on runs. Another two came in the open field where he stopped a player before gaining the first down. Collins was playing with a lot of energy tonight. He seems to be unhappy about not being named Defensive Player of the Year. He is out to grab that award this season.
The Giants attempted four field goals on Friday night. All of them were made. Two by Aldrick Rosas and two by Mike Nugent. In my opinion, Rosas looked like the better player in the first game. He made one FG from 27 yards out and another from 52 yards out. The 52-yarder went a few yards past the goal post. Both attempts were right down the middle. Mike Nugent made a 30 yard FG and a 45 yard FG. Even though he made both, his kicks hooked left at the end. It is early, but I am giving the upper hand to Rosas after game one.
Back Up Quarterback Battle
Josh Johnson, Geno Smith and Davis Webb all saw action on Friday night. Webb had the least amount of action, but looked the best in my eyes. For a rookie he showed very good pocket presence and better mobility than I expected. He showed good short accuracy, but did struggle with the deep ball except on one pass. He laid an absolute dime to a receiver in double coverage about 25 yards down field off his back foot. However, the receiver was hit hard and the ball fell incomplete.
Geno Smith looked better than Josh Johnson, but did not look very good. He started off well as his first pass attempt went about 15-20 yards down field for a completion. He threw two other passes about the same length for completions as well. He also avoided a sack and scrambled for a first down. Now to the ugly part. In the box score you will only see one interception. However, with 9 seconds left in the first half Geno threw a ball into double coverage that was picked off. Luckily for him, it was called back. In about two quarters Geno threw two interceptions. Not good.
Josh Johnson looked awful. Albeit the offensive line did not give him much time to throw. However, when he did throw he was inaccurate and there did not seem like much zip on the ball. If I had to guess he would be the Quarterback that is most likely to be cut.
The Defense Played Well
The defensive only let up 20 points and 240 total yards. The first team defense, besides JPP, Snacks and DRC, played together for the first quarter. They did not let up any points in the time they played.
- Once again, Landon Collins looked like a beast
- Valentino Blake made a nice diving catch on an under thrown pass to pick off Dobbs.
- Devin Taylor had the other interception for the Giants on a ball thrown over the middle. He jumped up and snagged it as it was being thrown right over the line.
- Jay Bromley looked better than Dalvin Tomlinson. I did not see much out of Tomlinson, but Bromley had one tackle for loss and was in the backfield often.
- Kerry Wynn was the best defensive lineman of the game for the Giants. He had two tackles for loss and one sack on the night.
- B.J. Goodson and Jordan Williams recorded a sack each as well. Goodson is expected to have an increased role this season.