The rookie out of Boston College appeared to have a much quicker first step than starter Rashad Jennings. His inability to catch the darn ball might hold Williams back from ever being an every-down player, but he looked great carrying the ball on Sunday. Williams played a lot against Buffalo’s second-team defense, but his 48 yards and a touchdown on seven carries was still impressive.
Fighting for a backup defensive back job, Bowman got nailed on a dubious pass interference call near the end of the first half. However, he bounced back to force an interception with a batted ball on the same series. Bowman followed that up with a pick of his own early in the second half.
Nassib was far from perfect and was lucky to get away with an interception in this game (it was called back by a penalty), but he at least looked like a competent backup. He hooked up with wide receiver Marcus Harris on more than one occasion and in the fourth quarter connected with Corey Washington on a long pass for the game-winning touchdown.
Even though he was matched up against Bills rookie Seantrel Henderson, Pierre-Paul struggled to make an impact on Sunday. He did knock down an E.J. Manuel pass on one play, but as a pass rusher he was notably silent. We’re still waiting to see what a healthy Pierre-Paul can do for a revamped Giants defense.
Before the Bills lifted their first team front seven, the Giants had some issues running the ball. Starting halfback Rashad Jennings gained just 23 yards on seven carries. When you add to that Schartz allowing Kyle Williams to get by him for a sack of Eli Manning, it was not a good day for the left guard.
Manning did go 6-for-7 on the evening (that’s better than 70 percent!) but he only gained 43 yards passing. He never got the chance to look downfield and was limited to dumping the ball off to Jennings or throwing short hitch routes. Even though Manning only threw one incompletion during his time on the field, he never got into a rhythm and ended up turning the ball over when he was sacked on New York’s second possession.