Great Dayne

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Everyone showed up at New York's preseason opener to see what top pick Eli Manning could do. They all left talking about the rejuvenated Ron Dayne, who busted out for two lengthy touchdown runs en route to a 118-yard evening.

"It felt good to be able to get out and run," said Dayne, who was inactive for all 16 games last season. "It just felt good to get out and run a little bit."

"That's a plus, no question about that," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "We just asked him to take pride in himself and prove to me that he's a football player. He worked every day from the time I got here, so he has earned that, and I'm glad to see him do well."

On a third-and-one, Dayne was stopped dead to rights, but got away from Shawn Barber's grasp and sprinted 29 yards for New York's first score.

"The guy tried to tackle me high and I just ducked under it and took off," Dayne said.

He followed that up with a 67-yard scoring dash on his next carry. Dayne darted through a huge hole off right tackle created by pulling guard Barry Stokes and outraced Chiefs safety Clint Finley to the end zone.

"Once I get out I don't plan on getting caught," he said.

Dayne still had his troubles in short-yardage situations, being stopped on fourth-and-one near midfield in the third quarter. His final three carries netted him a total of two yards.

"I should have gotten the third-and-one and the fourth-and-one," Dayne said. "I felt bad about that."

However, the spark he showed on his two touchdown runs served as the first time in a long time that things broke Dayne's way.

"Obviously he had a good game," Coughlin said.

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