Bears vs. Giants: New York's Biggest Winners and Losers from Preseason Week 3
The preseason is more about showing progress and improvement on both sides of the ball over the win-loss record.
The New York Giants are obviously a good football team, but that doesn't mean they can't improve. The way Tom Coughlin coaches, you know he's stressing this to them as well.
This article is going to focus on what happened during the first half and some of the more unexpected results.
Winner: David Wilson
David Wilson got a chance to shine, and he took advantage of it.
He racked up yards carrying the ball and rushing it, and you know Tom Coughlin is going to take notice.
Ahmad Bradshaw has some serious competition, and David Wilson should smell blood.
Productivity could earn him a starting spot before his sophomore year.
Loser: Ahmad Bradshaw
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This one is pretty simple. Ahmad Bradshaw didn't play tonight, while David Wilson played, and played well.
His hand injury doesn't seem serious, but another lingering injury is the last thing Bradshaw needs with a rookie breathing down his neck.
That starting job is Bradshaw's for now, but don't be too surprised if Wilson starts a couple games this season.
Winner: Ramses Barden
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Ramses Barden is finally doing something productive for New York Giants.
Some wide receiver depth is good for any team, and no team would mind a 6'6" receiver catching touchdowns, or passes for that manner.
Barden has 15 catches for his entire NFL career; hopefully catching three tonight puts him on the right track for this season and beyond.
Loser: Prince Amukamara
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He's a loser in the context of this article, but this still really sucks for Prince Amukamara and the New York Giants.
A starting job as cornerback for the New York Giants is practically all his, but it just hasn't been working out for him.
The X-rays were negative, so hopefully things work themselves out for the young cornerback, even though it appears he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.
The last thing we need is another injured player on the defensive side of the ball.
Loser: New York Giants' Punt Returns
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Some people may take a quick look at the box score and wonder why the punt return yards are so low.
This is a valid concern. Given the state of the New York Giants' return game the last couple of games, it's even more valid.
However, don't heap all the blame on David Douglas. He did break one return for nice yardage...but it got called back due to a holding call on Will Smith.
Winner: Martellus Bennett
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His numbers won't "wow" you, but I'll take three catches on three targets any day of the week.
A tight end is supposed to be a security blanket for a quarterback, and that's exactly what Martellus Bennett was tonight.
The New York Giants need solid tight end play; hopefully this is definitely a good sign going forward.
Only time will tell.