1. It’s time to move on
Thanks to the extra week with the Hall of Fame Game, the Giants accomplished the rare feat of finishing the preseason 5-0. But that won’t mean much come Week 1 of the regular season when everyone’s slates are wiped clean and the games count. Coming off the 16-13 victory over the New England Patriots in the preseason finale, the Giants have 11 days to prepare for the season opener on the road against the Detroit Lions. And the first-team offense, which is still coming along in the new system under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, can’t wait to sink its teeth into a full game. “I’m ready to move on,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said. “I’m ready to move on to Week 1. I’m ready to get a good week of practice in come next week and get our focus onto Week 1 and starting the season off on the right foot, and I’m excited for that opportunity.”>> WATCH: GIANTS VS. PATRIOTS PRESEASON HIGHLIGHTS2. The Giants had a good and final look at their depth.
As is customary in the final preseason game, starters didn’t play much on Thursday night. The majority of the first-team offense and defense lasted two series apiece for the Giants before they were relieved by backups. And based on those players’ performances, coach Tom Coughlin and the front office have decisions to make when NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. “A lot of people had a chance to play a lot of football, so we’re going to have some interesting discussions about some people going forward tomorrow morning,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “I was pleased with the way we battled.”3. The starting offensive line is still in flux heading into the season opener.
With starting guards Geoff Schwartz (dislocated toe) and Brandon Mosley (back) out, rookie Weston Richburg and John Jerry started in place of them on the left and right sides, respectively. After both received a large number of reps in the final tune-up, Richburg was asked is he’s personally ready for the regular season. “Well, I don’t have a choice,” he said. “Like I said, the preseason was good to me, I think. It gave me a lot of valuable experience and I am definitely ready to get into the regular season.” >> GIANTS TOP PATRIOTS: INSTANT POSTGAME ANALYSIS4. The tight end competition comes down to the wire.
Coughlin has indicated that the tight end role might be a group effort this season, with certain players used in different situations. That might end up being the case as all four -- Kellen Davis, Larry Donnell, Adrien Robinson, and Daniel Fells -- recorded at least one catch apiece and saw extensive action. Davis got the start on Thursday night, but it was Donnell who led all receivers with 60 yards on four receptions. Robinson had one catch for 16 yards but lost a fumble in Patriots’ territory late in the third quarter. “They got a lot of work in today,” Coughlin said. “I look forward to watching that group as well.”