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Giants’ offense shows different approach in preseason opener

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The Giants didn’t have a single tailback with more than 20 receptions a season ago.

If the preseason opener is any indicator, they could have a running back exceed 20 catches by the end of September.

Of the six completions Eli Manning had in the first quarter of Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game against Buffalo, three were to tailback Rashad Jennings, whom New York signed away from Oakland in free agency. All were short, high-percentage passes.

Overall, Manning hit on all but one of his throws, racking up 44 yards. At first glance, he looks comfortable in new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s scheme.

The Giants’ running game appeared healthy early, too, with rookie Andre Williams (five carries, 37 yards, one TD in the first quarter) making a favorable first impression and Jennings (7-23-0) also running well enough. The Giants seem deeper and stronger in the backfield than they were last season, when Andre Brown’s injury left them feeble in the ground game.

In all, it was a nice start for the Giants’ offense. The lone drawback? Manning fumbled under pressure, setting up a Bills field goal. While Manning was facing the rush, he rolled away from his throwing hand, leaving himself vulnerable, and Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams knocked the ball out. The Giants’ protection needed to be better, but their long-time starting quarterback has to better protect the ball.

In a preseason opener marked by some of the Giants’ new looks, Manning’s mistake was an unwelcome flashback to a mistake-marred 2013.

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42 Responses to “Giants’ offense shows different approach in preseason opener”
  1. bearwithjetpack says: Aug 3, 2014 9:21 PM

    It was a nice start for the Giants offense?

    Yeah when the Bills sent in their second stringers.

  2. dalcow4 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:21 PM

    btw– the game is airing live in Toronto.

  3. burtmurphy1 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:23 PM

    Wasn’t most of that success against Buffalo’s 2s?

    Serious question. They seemed flat against the 1s.

  4. mitchem85 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:23 PM

    What game were you watching?! Eli and the giants offense didn’t do anything until the bills second stringers were in and playing for a while.

    The commentators even mentioned Eli and the starters being left in longer than they anticipated because they couldn’t get anything going when buffalos first stringers were in.. Seriously, please answer.

  5. kehav1 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:24 PM

    that fumble by Eli shows that giants are not ready to take over the NFC east again….yet…

  6. mitchem85 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:24 PM

    Dalcow, it’s being aired live everywhere.. It’s the only game on.

  7. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:28 PM

    Giants fan here and it was against the 2nds that we started to play better. The drive after the fumble were all to hide how shakey the line and Eli looked. Its a new offense and a new line so I was not expecting much. How they played was what I expected.

  8. mitchem85 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:29 PM

    What is taking so long for the comments to post?? Or are mine being erased?

  9. dadsource says: Aug 3, 2014 9:36 PM

    Giants passing game sucked out loud. Only after running the ball against the 2’s did they begin to fo anything. Manning looked rattled

  10. bangithard says: Aug 3, 2014 9:54 PM

    Good to see the NFL play an exhibition game against the CFL!!

  11. narfmoo12 says: Aug 3, 2014 9:57 PM

    Considering that the Giants only win over a healthy starting QB last year came against the Lions, being shutout by the 1st team defense and then running over the backups is exactly like last year.

  12. The Bronx Bombers says: Aug 3, 2014 10:07 PM

    Say hello to your 2014 Superbowl Champs hatrz…

  13. seahawksfansince2013 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:12 PM

    People!! It’s the first game of the preseason, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The biggest point to take away from this game is that Eli manning is and will always be awful.

  14. Big Blue On You says: Aug 3, 2014 10:17 PM

    Nassib is looking good. Poised in the pocket, reading the defense, checking his reads, scrambling around to avoid the sack and making pinpoint throws showing a strong arm. Nassib is looking real good.

    Let the Nassib era begin.

  15. Big Blue On You says: Aug 3, 2014 10:28 PM

    Nassib is making his case for supplanting Eli. He is looking like the real thing while Eli looks lost still, like a deer in the headlights.

    If Eli’s last name was not Manning, it would be Nassib’s team by now. Enough is enough already…

  16. baddegg says: Aug 3, 2014 10:31 PM

    70%

  17. egal99 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:32 PM

    Schwartz whiffed on that block. Eli’s Oline looks shakey. Donnell also missed blocks with the Bills first team. Reese’s refusal to get that tight end is going to haunt this offense.

  18. chrisk61 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:32 PM

    puh – lease. giants are going to stink this year. will battle dallas for division basement. offensive line needs to be replaced and defense is largely a shell of former self.

    eagles will dominate the division.

  19. egal99 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:34 PM

    Big Blue On You yet another wacko on this site. Why are there so many here?

  20. officialgame says: Aug 3, 2014 10:38 PM

    They look very average but it’s early.

  21. adrew1024 says: Aug 3, 2014 10:59 PM

    guys keep taking about it’s vs the second team but not realizing the Giants offense not only features a new offense but a new Rb’s, Te’s, #2 wr and three new linemen and only been together for 2 weeks and some change.

  22. blackandyella says: Aug 3, 2014 11:06 PM

    Eli threw 3 pics as I was typing this…

  23. bassplucker says: Aug 3, 2014 11:07 PM

    I didn’t think the Giants offense could be more boring than it was last year. I was wrong. And Nassib’s ball has twice the zip on it as Eli’s.

  24. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 3, 2014 11:19 PM

    Looked like Charles brown was starting at left tackle. Good luck with that.

  25. championshipcentral says: Aug 3, 2014 11:23 PM

    Soooooo, they’re not actively giving the ball away this year?

  26. shatho1 says: Aug 3, 2014 11:45 PM

    Say hello to your 2014 Superbowl Champs hatrz…
    —————————————-
    yeah…. if every team they play puts their second strings in

  27. brokebackbrees says: Aug 3, 2014 11:59 PM

    Eli is about right about in his mid season forum, 1 turnover every 4 drives. Looked okay handing the ball off against second stringers though.

  28. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 4, 2014 6:21 AM

    andre willams is a beast the eagles can not stop this train 2014 NFC EAST NYG

  29. DonRSD says: Aug 4, 2014 6:31 AM

    APB on JPP.
    JPP hasn’t done anything since the double team has come his way and he doesn’t see 1 on 1 every play.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  30. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 4, 2014 6:40 AM

    ELI 92.3 PASSER RATING WELL ABOVE 70%

  31. cobraiv says: Aug 4, 2014 7:03 AM

    Nobody is talking about the Giants Defense last night. They played exceptionally well. they are going to be force to contend with in the NFC East.

  32. schmokes says: Aug 4, 2014 7:44 AM

    Nice to see Eli has been working on his ball security this offseason.

  33. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 4, 2014 8:06 AM

    What’s different? Manning gets tackled and fumbles.

  34. dxh02 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:03 AM

    I wonder what the over/under is on Manning turning the ball over at least 1.5x per game this year…

  35. boomnutz says: Aug 4, 2014 9:06 AM

    Everyone is crushing both offenses… Which is fair but should also be stated with a caveat. At this point in training camp, defenses should have an edge over offenses. Having said that though, both teams should field very competitive defenses this year. The Giants re-vamped their secondary and have some youth on the d-line now, if JPP comes back to form they’ll be a top 10 D. The Bills have decent LBs, a GREAT d-line, and a good secondary with a lot of young potential. I think the Bill’s defense will keep them from being a doormat for other NFL teams, their offense, outside of QB, is actually underrated. Giants will win the NFC East this year.

  36. tarrilasgiant1090 says: Aug 4, 2014 9:21 AM

    Preseason=vanilla offenses. nothing to see here.
    NYG#10 = 2X super bowl champ.

  37. JackedUpSports says: Aug 4, 2014 9:29 AM

    Jennings is gonna be the man this year

  38. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 4, 2014 9:51 AM

    Let the Nasib era start!! Eli has lost it and just plain sucks now!

  39. officialgame says: Aug 4, 2014 10:14 AM

    Dude if your future is the Nassib era then your future sucks.

  40. kev86 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:15 AM

    Eli went 6 for 7. Andre Williams looks like a good RB.

  41. macjacmccoy says: Aug 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    I don’t know what game people were watching last night. The Giants offense was horrible including the running game early on. They lost yardage and went 3 and out on the first drive. On the second drive they did nothing the first couple plays, then the offensive line couldnt block anyone, even though they were holding, and allowed Eli to get crushed for about a 10 yard loss. Which actually would have been a good thing if thats all that happened but it wasnt Eli again turned the ball over.

    After that the 2nd stringers came in for the Bills and that’s when Eli and the first string Giants offense stopped going backwards.

    So if a 3 and out, a holding penalty, and a sack fumble is what your looking for from your offense then yes the Giants offense looked good.

  42. redbeardxxv says: Aug 4, 2014 7:40 PM

    seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Aug 3, 2014 10:12 PM
    People!! It’s the first game of the preseason, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The biggest point to take away from this game is that Eli manning is and will always be awful.
    ————————————————
    Hey, real quick, count your Team’s SB rings. Now Count Manning’s. Yeah, His count over the last 7 years is more than you team’s ENTIRE HISTORY. Good job last year, but maybe you should ice your head, it’s swelling a bit.

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