Published on Monday, 15 August 2016 23:10
I have very mixed feelings about this team and (as many of you know), A LOT of questions about the roster and Coaching / Front Office. All of that being said, here are my observations:
QB: Eli didn't play and Eli is the BEST of this team so the Quarterback position for this game was at best a question mark.Unfortunately the answer to the question for me is that there is no one behind Eli who is equipped to handle the bright lights of the NFL (especially in the glare of NYC). Nassib was not mentally prepared to start (and while the OL was far from stellar...I'll get to them in a minute) he showed little pocket presence, rarely (if ever) took advantage of his mobility and never set and threw through his body all night. In short 9albeit a 1 game sample) he failed miserably as a starter. I saw one pass all night that was placed where it was needed to be placed. Literally every other throw was an under throw, not placed to give his receiver the advantage in the match up, and often put the ball where he was pretty much begging for the receiver to fall awkwardly, expose his body to a big hit and otherwise get hurt on the play. I won't bother evaluating the 3rd stringer because I don't see him on an NFL roster this season at all.
WR: Shephard looks like the real deal and I'm excited to see him pair up with Odell. He literally bailed Nassib out on the short hopped long ball that he did a reverselay out to catch (I was afraid he was hurt because of the awkward come back to get the ball). Geremy Davis and Roger Lewis have great potential...this unit could be one of the Giants strengths.
Published on Monday, 15 August 2016 23:08
The Giants led 10-0 at the end of the quarter but that was the result of a stout Defense which offset some sloppy play by Nassib and certain players of the Offense.
First let’s give credit on Offense. Geremy Davis +3 ran nice routes. Shane Vareen had a 19 yard gain on a cutback and ran well and I graded him a +2. Surely to be a big contributor this season. Sterling Sheppard had a huge diving catch, similar to what he did most days in Camp. He also had a nice block downfield on a run and was open on 2 other occasions +4. Orleans Darkwa got a +2 from me. Whitlock +2 had a nice lead block and a nice play on Special Teams. Both Centers (Richburg and Jones) played well except for the high snap by Richburg that Eli would have caught.
I have a slightly lower grade to Pugh -2 because of a couple of poor blocks, Jennings -1 because of vision on a run, Donnell had a nice block downfield but a bad penalty gave him a -1. Newhouse was a 0 grade as he had a nice run block but he gave up 2 pressures. Will Tye failed to block his man downfield but had a nice catch andyac. Hart was a -1 along with Seymour.