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, Lions 17: 9 things we learned in Giants preseason victory What did we learn Friday night as the New York Giants were defeating the Detroit Lions 30-17 in NFL preseason action? You mean, aside from the fact that coach Pat Shurmur played it smart and kept Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. anchored to the sideline? Well, read on and find out.What backup quarterback competition?Davis Webb started with Eli Manning joining Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. on the sidelines, and put last week’s difficult game vs. the Cleveland Browns in the rearview mirror. He went 14-of-20 fo 140 yards with a touchdown and a 106.2 passer rating. He engineered a 17-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that lasted more than nine minutes. He threw some beatiful balls, a 27-yarder to Sterling Shepard and a 40-yarder to Russell Shepard among them.Kyle Lauletta had an interesting night. He led the Giants on two scoring drives, running for a 10-yard score and helping to block on an 11-yard touchdown run by Wayne Gallman. He showed some poise under duress. He completed only 2-of-5 passes, though, and all three incompletions were off-target balls to open receivers that should have resulted in nice gains for the offense.Bad news for Brett JonesJon Halapio was a game day captain. If it wasn’t already obvious that the center competition is over and Halapio is the starter, it certainly is now.Alec Ogletree is a liability in coverageIn the Giants first preseason game, the veteran linebacker was victimized by tight end David Njoku for a 36-yard touchdown. Friday, he was badly beaten by running back Theo Riddick for a 42-yard gain. If he’s going to be on the field for all three downs the Giants are going to need to find ways to limit his exposure in coverage.The helmet rule is madnessWhat, exactly, is Mark Herzlich supposed to do here? Allow himself to be blocked? Try to run around the blocker? Beside which the blocking back, Theo Riddick, launched himself helmet first into Herzlich. So how is that a 15-yard penalty on Herzlich?It’s Kerry Wynn’s worldI seriously am starting to believe the Giants put kickoffs in play only so the 265-pound Wynn can barrel down the field, crush would-be blockers and make tackles. Wynn made the tackles on the Giants’ first three kickoffs Friday. For good measure, he tossed in a sack White Darian Thompson Jerseys
, a quarterback hit and two total tackles on defense. Kyle Lauletta has wheels ... and he can block!If things don’t work out for Lauletta as a quarterback, maybe he has a future as a ball carrier.Lauletta made several Detroit defenders miss on a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Lauletta rolled left, juked a couple of defenders and dove for the score. Impressive stuff. On an 11-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run by Wayne Gallman it was Lauletta who threw the final block. Well, sort of. The rookie mostly got in the way of a defender or two, allowing Gallman a clear path to the end zone. Still, not shabby for a quarterback. The Giants aren’t showing much on defenseThat’s not to sat they aren’t playing well. Aside from Ogletree’s adventures in pass coverage, the starting defense has played well in two preseason games. It means they aren’t showing much schematically. The Giants three- and four-man lines vs. Detroit, but didn’t show a whole lot in terms of stunts, blitzes or unique looks. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is saving that stuff for when he needs it.Cornerback clarity? Nah!Chris has already offered up a nice look at winners and losers in the Giants’ position battles. I just need to discuss cornerback for a minute. I was hoping the Giants would emerge with some clarity here, but I don’t think that was the case. Unless you want to say it’s clear they really need to be scouring the waiver wire once teams make cuts at the end of the preseason.I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I need to rain on the Grant Haley parade. He had little to nothing to do with the interception by Ray-Ray Armstrong. Had Detroit’s T.J. Jones done his job and made the catch that’s a completion in front of Haley, not a ball that glances off Haley’s arm and gets picked off by the Giants linebacker.Haley, an undrafted free agent bidding for a roster spot, gave up a touchdown, a number of completions and missed a couple of tackles. A step backward.I thought veterans B.W. Webb and Leonard Johnson took steps forward.In the end, I’m still confused about who should/should not make the roster. And, is William Gay a corner or a safety? Or both? Or neither?A surprising developmentOn a number of occasions I have written or said that I am concerned about the depth at inside linebacker behind Ogletree and B.J. Goodson. For the second straight week, Armstrong (2 tackles Darian Thompson Jerseys 2019
, an interception, a pass defensed) and Herzlich (7 tackles) played well.Giants news, 10/2: Defensive lineman Josh Mauro eligible to return Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines to start your Tuesday.Defensive reinforcements on the wayI know, I know. You looked at that subhead and thought “what the Giants really need is help on offense.” Right now, though, it looks like they might soon have a couple of additions to the front seven of their defense.Josh Mauro, suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, has served the suspension and can begin practicing again. The Giants have a roster exemption for Mauro and don’t have to active him until next Monday. If they don’t activate him for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the defensive lineman’s first action would come next Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mauro won’t count against the 53-man roster until the Giants activate him.“Excited to be back around the guys,” Mauro said. “I’m just grateful to be back here and I just want to help contribute to win football games.”Linebacker Olivier Vernon has yet to play this season due to a high ankle sprain. Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that he is “optimistic” that Vernon could play vs. Carolina.Around the Inter-GoogleGiants wasting Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract by not allowing him to make plays | SNYCardinals Signing S Darian Thompson To Practice Squad | NFLTradeRumors.coGiants offense at times seems together before falling apart | NewsdayBig Blue has talent, which it showed on the opening drive against the Saints, but then nothing.David Carr diagnoses main issues with New York Giants' offense - NFL VideosNFL Network's David Carr tries to explain why the New York Giants have struggled on offense so far in 2018.As Giants' problems persist, Eli Manning is common denominator, and there's no one to turn to - NY Daily NewsMonday brought an eerie deja vu experience to the Giants locker room in all the wrong ways.Solving this mess is supposed to be why Pat Shurmur is hereThis is why Pat Shurmur is here.Yes, he is the head coach and thus his job description is global when it comes to all things Giants, on the field and in the...