The New York Giants First Preseason Game: Initial Reactions

Richard ReschCorrespondent IAugust 18, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17:  Quarterback David Carr #8 of the New York Giants goes over the top of Corvey Irvin #93 and Dante Wesley #21 of the Carolina Panthers during preseason NFL action at Giants Stadium on August 17, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

That may have been the most exciting NFL preseason game of all-time.

Mario Manningham was impressive on his first punt return.  He looked faster than I remember.  He also looked great on the 13-yard pass that was negated due to penalty.  He was one of the standout players on offense, despite some miscommunication with Manning.

Good to see Osi Umenyiora look like his old self on the sack and strip.

Also good to see Umenyiora's student, Jay Alford, breaking through the line on Umenyiora's sack.  Alford is in position to have a breakout year.  With all the other weapons on the line, he will never face a double team.

The running game was impressive all around, even without the injured linemen. Brandon Jacobs was in midseason form, running with his signature tenacity.

The Giants will miss Andre Brown, but if it means that Ahmad Bradshaw will get any more touches, that might not be such a bad thing.  He was the game's most impressive player, and it makes me wonder if he could have been even more productive than Derrick Ward was last season if given the opportunity.  He reminds me of a mix of Brian Westbrook and Darren Sproles.

Tutan Reyes made a key block on Bradshaw's 19-yard touchdown run.

Looks like we should expect to see a lot of short passes this season, both to running backs and wide receivers.  Jacobs showed good hands, and Domenik Hixon looked good on a wide receiver screen.

Terrell Thomas had a very good rookie season, and he looked even better yesterday.  I could see a scenario in which he becomes a starting corner back midseason, especially if Aaron Ross battles injuries.

Not smart for Sinorice Moss to field a punt inside the five-yard line.  He was not as impressive as Manningham on his punt return opportunities.

David Carr showed good mobility and he looked like John Elway diving for a first down.

Heads up play by Jeff Feagles to knock the ball away for a safety, but that's not something I want to see him doing in the preseason.  It's not worth the injury risk.

After a deflection by Anthony Bryant, Stoney Woodson showed good hands to come down with the first interception of the year.

Danny Ware looks the same as he did last preseason, which is a good thing.  He is slippery and smooth and reminds me of Ryan Grant with more explosiveness.  He was untackleable on his 36-yard touchdown reception from David Carr.

Derek Hagan had a couple of tough non-catches.  They would have been great diving catches, had he been able to come up with them.

Maurice Evans is one to watch.  He looked explosive sacking McCown and causing a fumble.  Evans could be a steal as an undrafted free agent.  DeAndre Wright dove on the fumble caused by Evans, after Stoney Woodson tried to pick it up and run with it.

Andre Woodson still looked like a rookie, locking on to his receiver and throwing into coverage for a pick.  He showed a lack of awareness taking a sack when he had plenty of time to get rid of the ball.  He did throw a nice 20-yard pass to Ramses Barden, who didn't look as physically imposing as I was expecting.

Shaun Bodiford wont make the team, but he looks like he has real speed on the kick return.

Is that Mathias Kiwanuka repeatedly blowing by offensive linemen?  Well he's wearing No. 97.  Nope, it's second round pick Clint Sintim, who gets a game ball as the Giants' defensive player of the game.  He's going to be a great fit for the Giants.

Hakeem Nicks showed good hands and concentration, as he was able to hold on to a pass that was initially bobbled.  He probably could have done more to come down with a deep pass from Woodson, but it would have been a great catch.

Nice job by Allen Patrick to hold on to the ball on a bad handoff by Rhett Bomar.  Bomar didn't get much of a chance to show off his rocket arm.

Good to see Taye Biddle hang on to a pass after his tumultuous offseason.

Gerris Wilkinson showed good ups to knock down a pass in the end zone.  He needs to do more to stand out, after being overtaken by Bryan Kehl, who had an active game.

Good read by Jonathan Goff to knock down a pass.

Sha'reff Rashad dropped an easy interception.

It's hard to listen to Ron Jaworski call Giants games.  He has a hard time silencing the Eagles fan in him.

Overall, I am very satisfied with how the starters played.  The first team offense and defense ran smoothly, although special teams could use some work.  It would be nice to see one of our free agent signings healthy, but it's only the first preseason game.  Sintim and Ware stood out amongst second and third teamers.  I'd like to see Nicks and Barden involved earlier in the next preseason game, Saturday night against the Bears.


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