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Who made strong impressions following win over Bills?

Posted Aug 4, 2014

Giants.com's Dan Salomone lists the things he learned following the 17-13 win over the Bills


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1. Andre Williams complements Rashad Jennings in the backfield.

In his first taste of live NFL action, Williams, a rookie fourth-round draft choice, found a good rhythm in the running back rotation, especially near the goal line, as evidenced by his 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter. New offensive coordinator and play-caller Ben McAdoo has a promising tandem in Williams and Rashad Jennings, who were the engines in the 12-play, seven-minute scoring drive on the Giants’ first touchdown.

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2. The pace of the new offense can wear down defenses. 

The first two drives of the new offense under Ben McAdoo didn't end ideally, but it's a work in progress. That's why there's a preseason. But something clicked in Eli Manning's third and final series when the Giants didn't take their foot off the gas and kept slashing and pounding away with Jennings and Williams. That style will have a cumulative effect on the opposing defense throughout the course of a game when you get into the regular season and starters play the entire game.  “It’s the first game,” coach Tom Coughlin. “It’s the first game. I’m glad we got the short snap tonight. We got the center-quarterback exchange so that was a plus."

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3. The defense has confidence, and rightfully so.

The New York Giants defense under Perry Fewell didn’t have quite the overhaul that the offense did this year, but offseason acquisitions such as cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond III have made it stronger. Led by safety Antrel Rolle, the secondary has brought a swagger to the overall defense, and we got to see it in action for the first time on Sunday night. Cornerback Prince Amukamara locked down his receivers. Safety Cooper Taylor and cornerback Zack Bowman notched interceptions. The defensive line accounted for three of the seven pass breakups. Overall, the unit is off to a good start. “So far, the D is looking pretty solid,” Rolle said. “Obviously, there are a lot of things we need to work on. This is our first time having full contact, so we’re a little bit rusty and that’s expected. We expect things to pick up as time goes on."

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4. There's potential for a breakout wide receiver.

The Giants know a thing or two about uncovering wide receivers in the preseason. Just look at Victor Cruz in 2010. They still have a long way to go, but Corey Washington and Marcus Harris made their cases on Sunday, leading the Giants receiving corps. Harris pulled in four passes for 49 yards (long of 25) and Washington made the big play of the night on a 73-yard touchdown from Ryan Nassib that put the Giants ahead for good in their 17-13 victory. Granted it’s only the preseason and backups play the majority of snaps, but the two young wideouts have also been making their share of plays in training camp. “These games are important for small-school guys like myself,” Washington, 6-4 and 214 pounds, said. “Preseason games are a chance to show coaches what I have so I can make the 53-man roster, hopefully help New York get back on top [to the] Super Bowl.”