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, , more Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Friday morning
headlines.Sticking with ClayThe Giants won’t give up on punt returner Kaelin
Clay after one unproductive game (three returns, 4 yards) that included a
game-ending turnover on a muffed punt.“You’re not just going to give him one
chance and throw him away,” special team coordinator Thomas McGaughey said on
Thursday. “There’s a lot of things that happen over the course of the game that
we all kind of want to get back, but Kaelin is a pro. This is his third year (in
this league) going in, he’s made a lot of plays in this league, and I expect him
to do that moving forward.”Clay, 26, has averaged 8.8 yards on 45 punt returns
with two touchdowns and 23.2 yards on 17 kickoff returns in his career. The muff
was the fourth fumble of Clay’s career on 68 touches, including six pass
receptions.Odell Beckham sore after returnThe game against Jacksonville was
Beckham’s first since Week 5 of the 2017 season when he suffered a fractured
ankle. After catching 11 passes in 15 targets while playing 68 snaps he admitted
“feeling it.”“I’m not going to lie, I was sore after the game,” Beckham said.
“First time in, whatever how many days it was, 300 something, getting hit out
there. I felt good to make it out, but I was feeling it. I was feeling it the
Monday after.”“The sky is the limit”Running back Saquon Barkley is optimistic
about the capability of the offense despite scoring just 15 points against the
Jaguars.“The sky is the limit. I knew that before we even got on the field,”
Barkley said. “If you go back and you look at the game, there’s just little
things, little mistakes we made as a team that kind of kept putting us playing
behind the line of scrimmage. Getting behind the sticks Youth
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, that’s what I meant. Little stuff like
that, if we continue to work on that and get better in those areas and execute
the opportunities that we had, definitely the game could be a very different
outcome. But you’ve got to give credit to Jacksonville.”Around the
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observations about QB play during week one of the NFL season.NFL picks 2018:
Geoff Schwartz’s 3 best bets for week 2 - SBNation.comRetired NFL lineman and
gambling man Geoff Schwartz has three NFL games he is loving on the NFL’s Week 2
schedule.The new, one-man Cowboys show that awaits the GiantsRarely does a game
contain such singular focus on one individual as the way the Giants’ defense is
fixated on Ezekiel Elliott. There are, of course, other...Giants' Janoris
Jenkins leaves practice in tears due to 'family situation' - NY Daily
NewsShutdown corner Janoris Jenkins left Giants practice abruptly in tears
during stretching Thursday due to what the team called a “family
situation.”Giants mission vs. Cowboys: Pressure Dak Prescott, even without
blitzing | NJ.comThe name of the game for the Giants' defense this week, isn't
just sacking Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, rather, applying
relentless pressure, preferably without blitzing him.Saquon Barkley returning to
place where he first became a GiantThe memory is recent, but will always remain
vivid.Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke. Giants fans erupted. Saquon Barkley
stood and was embraced by loved ones....Giants-Lions final score: Giants 30,
Lions 17 in second preseason game The New York Giants defeated the Detroit
Lions, 30-17, on Friday night in the team’s second preseason game of the year.
There was no Eli Manning for New York; Friday night’s starter was instead Davis
Webb, Manning’s backup who performed erratically in the Giants’ Week 1 preseason
loss to the Cleveland Browns. Round 1 2018 draft pick Saquon Barkley didn’t play
either, with the rookie running back nursing a hamstring strain, and receiver
Odell Beckham Jr. sat out for the second straight game.Webb was shaky to open
Friday’s game as well, but did engineer a scoring drive to bridge the first and
second quarters which included a conversion via quarterback sneak on
fourth-and-1. Lions cornerback Darius Slay was flagged for pass interference,
setting up an and-goal situation for the Giants. Wayne Gallman had the touchdown
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, giving the Giants a 7-3 lead. Another
fourth-down play on the following drive, though, did not convert for New York,
resulting in a turnover on downs. That, thankfully, did not lead to any Lions
points.New York’s next offensive series featured a 40-yard completion from Webb
to receiver Russell Shepard. It was capped off by Aldrick Rosas converting a
55-yard field goal attempt. Rosas’ career long in a regular-season game is 52
yards. The Giants went into halftime with a 10-3 lead after Lions kicker Matt
Prater missed a 49-yard field goal attempt with under 30 seconds to go in the
second quarter.Webb gave way to rookie Kyle Lauletta in the second half. Webb
had a solid night, completing 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 140 yards and a
touchdown and he connected with 10 different receivers. The second half saw a
key sequence of events for the Giants. Detroit’s first possession of the third
quarter ended with Matt Cassel being intercepted by New York linebacker Ray Ray
Armstrong (with the help of a tip of the ball by cornerback Grant Haley).
Armstrong returned the interception for 24 yards, to Detroit’s 12-yard line. Two
plays later, Lauletta ran in the 10-yard touchdown, giving the Giants a 17-3
lead. The Lions weren’t done turning the ball over, with Detroit running back
LeGarrette Blount failing to convert on a fourth-down rushing attempt inside the
Giants’ 10-yard line on the following drive. That turnover, though, only
resulted in a Giants punt. Running back Jalen Simmons was also hurt during the
drive. He was later announced to have suffered a concussion and ruled out for
the remainder of the game.The Giants extended their lead further in the fourth
quarter with Gallman running in an 11-yard touchdown, giving the Giants a 24-3
lead. While the Lions finally scored their first touchdown of the night, an
11-yard pass thrown by quarterback Jake Rudock to receiver T.J. Jones, it was
too little, too late for the home team. Robert Martin added a 16-yard touchdown
run near the end of the fourth quarter, in quarterback Alex Tanney’s first drive
the game, giving the Giants the 30-10 advantage. The Lions, though Color
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, had the final points of the night, with
Rudock rushing for a one-yard score on fourth down in the game’s waning
seconds.Lauletta ended his night having completed two of his five passes for 27
yards, plus his rushing score. Tanney completed two of his three pass attempts
for 36 yards. Martin was the Giants’ rushing leader in the game, with seven
carries for 47 yards and a score, while Russell Shepard’s one 40-yard catch led
the team in receiving. Gallman led the team in scoring, with two touchdowns, one
rushing and one receiving.On defense, the Giants totaled three sacks, including
getting to Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford twice. Defensive end
Kerry Wynn was a defensive standout, with five solo tackles (including one for a
loss), a sack and a quarterback hit, but the entire defense performed well.
While the Lions put up 308 yards of offense, only 67 came via rushing. Detroit
also converted just five of their 14 third downs.Meanwhile, the kicking battle
continued on special teams. Rosas made the long field goal in the first half, as
well as an extra point, while Marshall Koehn converted two of his three extra
point attempts.Moments that matteredThe Webb-led scoring drive in the
first-to-second quarters was rife with notable moments. While none were more
important than Gallman’s touchdown catch, it also included Webb’s fourth-down
conversion, Slay’s penalty for Detroit which put the Giants in better scoring
position and two steps backward — Gallman losing two yards rushing on
first-and-goal and Webb being called for delay of game on third down. All was
forgiven, though, with the Webb-to-Gallman touchdown.Rosas converted a
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, giving the Giants a 10-3 lead heading into
halftime. It also didn’t hurt that Prater missed his 49-yard field goal on the
following drive, preventing the Lions from shrinking their deficit. Armstrong’s
interception, which resulted in Lauletta’s running score, allowed the Giants to
expand their lead to 14 points early in the second half. It proved to be a
scoring gap that the Lions could not overcome. The Giants ended up scoring 24
unanswered points, including Gallman’s second touchdown of the night, an 11-yard
run in the fourth quarter. Rudock connected with Jones for a touchdown on the
Lions’ next possession.The Giants reached the 30-point threshold in the fourth
quarter, thanks to Martin’s 16-yard touchdown run.Play of the gameHaley tipping
Cassel’s pass, which resulted in Armstrong’s interception that set up Lauletta’s
touchdown run turned the course of the game in the Giants’ favor. The Giants
went from having a seven-point lead over the Lions to a 14-point lead, and the
Lions were never able to catch up to within a score or better in the second
half.Standout depthGallman ended the game with 5 carries for 26 yards, 2
receptions for 9 yards and two of the Giants’ three touchdowns. While he may not
be a major factor come the regular season, as he sits behind Barkley and
Jonathan Stewart on the depth chart, his performance this preseason has
showcased his talent and versatility.What’s next?Giants practices will resume on
Sunday and continue through Wednesday in preparation for their third preseason
game of the summer, against the New York Jets. The “dress rehearsal” for the
regular season should see more of the Giants’ starters in the game for at least
the first half. The contest takes place on Friday, Aug. 24, with a 7:30 p.m. ET
kickoff.
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