Normally when a team overcomes a 26-point fourth quarter deficit to win 27-26, it is cause for jubilation. These are not normal times, though. Welcome to the preseason, where the real story is how the Giants first- and second-team players managed to fall behind by 26 points before being rescued by a bunch of guys who might not even be on the team in a couple of weeks. Let’s get to it.
1. We still have seen shockingly little from Ben McAdoo’s new offense.
It’s true that Eli Manning barely has one full game’s worth of pass attempts under his belt this summer, but Giants fans would all feel a lot better if he showed something (anything!) that showed that the 2014 season will be different from the disastrous 2013 campaign. On Saturday night, Manning remained stuck in the doldrums with just one completion for six yards on seven pass attempts. The veteran quarterback did managed to hook up with Victor Cruz for a 51-yard strike, but the Giants were forced to accept an illegal contact penalty after Cruz coughed up a fumble on the same play.
2. The Giants just might have something in tight end Adrien Robinson.
Larry Donnell is still the favorite to be the starting tight end in Week 1, but it was still nice to see Robinson show a pulse against the Colts. On a 4th-and-16 in the final quarter, the third-year player out of Cincinnati came up big with a 28-yard reception thrown by Ryan Nassib. Robinson also added a 33-yard catch to lead all players in receiving yards. With the tight end position weakened by injuries recently, Robinson will still probably make the team based on his upside alone.
3.The backup quarterback job is still up for grabs.
Although last week it was Curtis Painter who led the Giants’ backups on a game-winning drive, the Purdue alum wasn’t quite as good in this one. He completed just six of 15 passes for 64 yards while the hero role was filled by Nassib. The sophomore signal caller went 11-for-15 for 158 yards and a go-ahead touchdown pass to (who else?) Corey Washington. Like Robinson, Nassib is a player who will probably earn a roster spot due to youth as well as a shallow position group.
4. We’re still waiting for Jason Pierre-Paul.
The defensive end, who is supposed to be in the best shape of his life (aren’t they all?) didn’t even register one tackle on Saturday night. Pierre-Paul’s lack of big plays during the preseason doesn’t take away the chance for a big season, but like Manning, it would be nice if we saw a sign of promise. The good news is that the Giants did get solid contributions from both Devon Kennard and Damontre Moore. Both players have a chance to be future stars for Big Blue’s defense.
5. The Giants might regret letting Hakeem Nicks go.
The veteran wide receiver saw his production diminished by injuries in his New York tenure, but he looked like he was back in top form on Saturday. Nicks caught all five of his targets for 53 yards to show the Giants what they are missing. Big Blue, however, might have a diamond in the rough on its hands in Washington. Sure, he has not exactly faced NFL-caliber defensive backs this preseason, but the rookie out of Newberry College caught another three passes and another game-saving touchdown pass against the Colts. With Mario Manningham looking like a shell of his former self, the Giants would do well to think about who they keep as a fifth wide receiver.