Preseason More Puzzling Then Proving for the New York Giants

Josh BermanCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 22: Hakeem Nicks #18 of the New York Giants is tackled by Josh Bullocks #36 and Hunter Hillenmeyer #92 of the Chicago Bears during a pre-season game on August 22, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 17-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The New York Football Giants have raised a few eyebrows lately especially after a poor performance in a meaningless game against the Chicago Bears.

I think the picture for this article says it all, they are trying really hard and just can't seem to get where they want.

So I am throwing together a short little article of my reflections of the mid-way point of the preseason.

Not everything the Giants have done has been bad. In the first game against Carolina Osi walked away with a sack after only a few series. The Defense looked unbelievably fast, and put up strong pressure throughout the night. Danny Ware also had a solid night, along with all the other backs.

Including Allen Patrick, a rookie out of Oklahoma, he's a long shot to make the roster but he did have a solid first game, (he did not play against the Bears) and with Brown out for the season could pull of an upset in camp.

Carr also had a very solid night although it is essentially meaningless barring an unforeseen injury...knock on wood.

A quick note about the O-Line, they looked great. Down two starters in the Carolina game they completely dominated. Through both games they showed food form and have made some really nice holes for the backs to slip through.

Some negatives I've noticed include Lawrence Tynes. I have truthfully never been a fan of him. He didn't win me over in the NFC Championship game against Green Bay and he isn't doing a better job now. I wanted him gone two years ago when he had a position battle in camp with Josh Huston, and I thought after an old geezer in Carney showed him up he would be gone for sure. Obviously, that is not the case and he is still around and still missing crucial kicks.

The Giants have a habit of being unlucky with kickers, I think it would be wise to focus on that position in the near future.

Another concern would be Andre Woodson, he threw a pick in his first game. He better be careful or he will be cut. Bomar is doing a ton in camp to impress the coaches and even he may be practice squad guy. As much as I like Woodson I have to believe his days are numbered. Then again he did significantly pick up his game when he faced the Bears.

David Tyree is a similar story. His one-hit wonder Super Bowl performance has faded a bit and his lack of playing time suggests the obvious, he should keep his bags packed because it is any day situation for him now.

One of my biggest concerns has been the receivers. No one particularly stood out against Carolina, however they picked it up a bit while facing the Bears. Individually no one was spectacular but as a unit they had eleven catches for then or more yards. Also, Nicks showed his deep play capability with a fifty-five yard reception. Unfortunately, Moss and Manningham were absent from any of this success against the Bears.

I cannot stop raving about the running backs, they are doing a phenomenal job and each have great potential. They all pick up each others slack and it is like a well oiled machine.

It should be interesting watching the rest of the preseason. Look for the D to continue its domination, they just look strong. The receivers need to pick it up and establish themselves as a unit. Two or more need to emerge as the leaders and they need to do it fast. If the Giants are going to live up to the hype then as a team they need to start playing like it. They have only had a few speed bumps thus far but it would be nice to see those ironed out as soon as possible.

There will be a lot to look for in the rest of the preseason, hopefully by the time cuts are made the coaches will have a good feel for who needs to go and everything will be set for the season start.