MetLife Stadium—-The NY Giants opened the gates to fans for their first pre-season game of the year at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey. The smell of the hotdogs and burgers never gets old and it is a tell told sign that football is in the air.
The NY Giants beat the Carolina Panthers 21-19, Friday night at MetLife Stadium. It wasn’t pretty but a win is win especially when you come out the game injury free. But if the G-Men want to have successful season the better figure out way to control the pressure from the outside.
The G-Men didn’t wait long, Daniel Jones was on point connected 8 of 9 passes for 69 yards on their first drive which resulted in a 4-yard touchdown to TE Daniel Bellinger. The culmination of the drive 10 plays, 75 yards, elapsed time of 4:45.
Jones made great use of all of weapons on the field connecting to go to hybrid receiver Darren Waller three times for 30-Yards. Waller ran great routes, has great hands and is a easy target for Jones to spot.
Four of his pass attempts went for 10+ yards, with one going for 20-yards, to Isaaih Hodgins on a 1st-and-10 for his longest completion of the game.
Jones ran for for six yards on a scramble.
That drive ended Daniel Jones night and he handed the reins over to Tyrod Tyler for the second drive. Tyler got the keys from Jones and ran the offense with precision. Tyler opened the field up with his legs which made the linebackers creep up to the line of scrimmage—- he was able to utilize the hand fake to find Parris Campbell for 5-yards and Jalin Hyatt for a 33-yard touch-down on a post corner route. Giants 14 Panthers 3
The G-Men took at 21-3 lead going into the locker room.
The Giants defense play well in the first half, flying all to the ball. The front four maintained the gap leverage which made it easy for the linebackers to fly to the ball and make tackles without getting blocked. This starting unit is very fast, long, athletic, and they love playing with each other.
EX- Don Bosco high school star Tommy DeVito played the second half at quarterback for the G-Men, he completed 9 of 10 passes for 88 yards.
Jalin Hyatt had four catches for 35 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown. He ran great routes and definitely not afraid to run across the middle.
Who did not play:
Saquon Barkley was dressed, but did not play. Other healthy Giants players who did not play included defensive tackles A’Shawn Robinson and Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
The following Giants did not dress:
RB Gary Brightwell, WR Cole Beasley, WR Wan’Dale Robinson, WR Collin Johnson, OL Marcus McKethan, OL Tyre Phillips, DL Ryder Anderson, LB Cam Brown, CB Aaron Robinson, S Nick McCloud, TE Tommy Sweeney
OL Marcus McKethan, recently off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, is a bit of a mystery.