New York Giants 24, Carolina 17 - Game Notes

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 18, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Kevin Dockery #35, Vince Anderson #45, and Travonti Johnson of the New York Giants celebrate with Tommie Hill #63 after Hill's interception and return for a game-winning touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during a preseason NFL game on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

East Rutherford, NJ – Preseason doesn’t mean a thing, so they say. That theorem can be proved by looking at last season’s version of the Detroit’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Detroit Lions who went 4-0 in preseason and 0-16 in the games that count.

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Some of what was observed…..

The Giants played without many key players: WR Steve Smith, CB Corey Webster, CB Aaron Ross, LB Michael Boley, G Rich Seubert,G Chris Snee, DT Rocky Bernard, DT Fred Robbins and DT Chris Canty.

The Panthers were without players as well, most notably WR Steve Smith and RB Jonathan Stewart.

The Giants’ running attack looks deadly.

A new wrinkle by OC Kevin Gilbride is the use of the delayed screen. Several plays went for big gains. Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 19-yard run and Danny Ware took a David Carr pass 36 yards for a TD.

Good to see Osi Umenyiora back in uniform.

He looked ready to go and flexible. He played sparingly in the first quarter.  As a whole, the pass rush was noticeable throughout the game, especially rookie LB Clint Sintum who just couldn’t be blocked.

The wide outs are the group that came into the game under the microscope, but we learned very little since the Giants decided to spread the ball around. 12 different players caught passes.  More to come.

At first glance, WR Ramses Barden, who has been wowing the world in Albany, looked feeble and clueless when Andre Woodson threw him a prayer.  Carolina safety Quentin Teal edged in front of Barden for the INT.  Barden admitted after the the game that he could have ‘done more’ on that play.

Barden did end up making a nice play on his next attempt, a 20-yard gain on a 2nd-and-17 pass from Woodson.

DEs Tommie Hill, who scored the winning TD, and Maurice Evans both looked impressive in the short stints they saw action.  Too bad the roster math is working against them….

Rookie OT William Beatty was challenged all night by the Panther DEs. Lets just say, he’s got a long way to go…

DC On Sidelines, Not Upstairs, During Game

We all heard Defensive Coordinator tell us that he would be up in the booth during games, prompting a slew of comments and criticism from fans and bloggers.

Well, Giant fans, it ain't true. Head Coach Tom Coughlin, who never commented on Sheridan's claim, had his DC right next to him on the sidelines last night.

Coughlin seemed annoyed when asked about it and retorted in an authoritative manner:

Q. Bill Sheridan was telling people in the spring that he was going to be up in the box. He was down on the field today. Is that what he is going to do?

A. Yes, I don't know where the first statement came from, but I know where the second one did.

Q. Where?

A. Me.


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