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5 things we learned: 2023 draft class on display


For the first time since New Year's Day, the Giants took the field at MetLife Stadium.

Coach Brian Daboll's squad hosted Frank Reich and the Carolina Panthers for the first preseason matchup between the two teams in more than a decade. Here are five things we learned:

1. Balanced win vs. Panthers

The Giants put together a balanced victory over Carolina on Friday night. With the exception of running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants played most of their starters, and they did not disappoint. The offense stormed down the field and got into the end zone in under five minutes, which was the first of three offensive touchdowns in the first half.

Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and Tommy DeVito completed 26 of 33 pass attempts (78.8 percent) for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions with an additional 29 yards on the ground. The three quarterbacks finished the night with a total passer rating of 118.1.

Not to be outdone, the defense was also strong in the first half. Aside from one drive that resulted in a field goal, the Giants held the Panthers to a total of 19 yards. While Carolina had a little more success in the second half, the Giants still held the Panthers to just 230 total yards on the night.

No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young was on the field for two offensive series. The rookie finished his night with 35 yards on 50 percent passing and a 68.1 passer rating. Young and the two other Panthers quarterbacks, Matt Corral and Jake Luton, threw for a total of 134 yards and one touchdown while completing 14 for 26 pass attempts (53.8 percent). Meanwhile, Carolina rushed the ball 28 times but for 101 yards, good for an average yards per carry of 3.6.

View photos from the home preseason opener between the Giants and Panthers at MetLife Stadium.