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5 things we learned in preseason finale vs. Jets


The Giants concluded the preseason with a 31-27 loss against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Here are five things we learned in the preseason finale.

1. Webb finishes strong preseason

Tyrod Taylor started the game but left towards the end of the first quarter with a back injury. Davis Webb took over under center and continued his strong performance from the first two preseason games. Webb completed 30 of 38 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, adding 13 rushing yards on four attempts. He earned a passer rating of 97.6.

"I think we all did a pretty good job in the preseason, all the quarterbacks," Webb said after the game. "There weren't many interceptions. I think there were two in all three games. So, we were smart with the football and that's the job, get points for the offense. I think I did my best and I'll see what happens...

"I think this is my best preseason I've had. I think that's a credit to the offensive line and the coaches. (Offensive Coordinator Mike) Kafka did a great job calling plays. It was a lot of fun this preseason. Hopefully it works out."

Webb finished the preseason having completed 60 of 81 of his attempts (74.1 percent) for 457 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. The veteran led game-winning drives at the end of each of the first two games, and also led the Giants to a field goal to give them a 27-24 lead with two minutes left in today's game. Daboll indicated to the media Friday that he would consider carrying three quarterbacks on the roster heading into the season.

"I have a lot of confidence in Davis, and I've seen him grow a lot the last few years that I've been with him: his fundamentals, the way he plays the position, his decision-making process. The last few years he's gotten better and better," said the head coach.

2. Roster decisions looming

Over the next 48 hours, the Giants must make some tough decisions regarding the 53-man roster.

All teams must reduce their active roster to the regular season limit of 53 players by the NFL deadline of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at noon the following day. This means that 27 players currently on the 80-man roster will be let go by Tuesday afternoon.

"This is a tough time for players. It's also a tough time for coaches, for equipment staff, for trainers, for video, for cafeteria workers that have built relationships with players that have been here since April or whatever it may be," Daboll said to the media following the preseason finale. "And you build relationships, and when someone doesn't make it, again, you're empathetic towards that. But that's the business we live in, and I'm glad everybody put their best foot forward, and now there's decisions that need to be made and talked about over the next 48 hours."

Daboll told the media that he would be watching tape and holding a lot of meetings with General Manager Joe Schoen over the next few days before they make any final determinations on the 53-man roster.

3. McFadden continues strong play

Micah McFadden has been a bright spot for the Giants defense this summer, and the rookie linebacker's strong play continued in the preseason finale. McFadden recorded four tackles (three solo) and a tackle for loss against the Jets. He also had a big play in the first quarter, punching the ball out of Jets RB Michael Carter's hands for a fumble that was recovered by the Giants.

McFadden tied Austin Calitro and Darren Evans with a team-high four tackles in the preseason opener, and followed that up with five tackles against the Bengals, which again led the team. Heading into today's game, the rookie fifth-round pick had registered two pressures on just 11 pass rush snaps, which helped him earn an 83.1 pass rush grade through the first two games. McFadden's 90.3 overall grade was the highest on the defense, and also ranked in the Top 10 among the league's rookies through the first two games. The inside linebacker had also picked up 84.9 run defense and 81.2 tackle marks. All four of those PFF grades ranked among the top four on the Giants' defense heading into Sunday.

View photos from the preseason finale between the Giants and Jets at MetLife Stadium.

4. Calitro with multiple turnovers

Austin Calitro had the first turnover of the preseason for the Giants when he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter of the opener against the Patriots. The veteran linebacker continued his knack of finding the football today against the Jets. It started with his fumble recovery on a ball knocked out of Michael Carter's hands by Micah McFadden. Then towards the start of the second quarter, Calitro intercepted a Joe Flacco pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown, giving the Giants an early 10-3 lead. He finished with five tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss and the interception return for a touchdown.

"I saw (OLB Oshane Ximines) Ox number 53 come, and as soon as I saw him, I felt the receiver behind me, so I just fell back a little bit, he threw it, and I don't think he saw me right away. And you saw the result, it ended up being a pick six," Calitro said about his defensive touchdown.

Following the season-ending injury to Darrian Beavers last week, Calitro is one of six inside linebackers currently on the Giants' roster. He is joined by Blake Martinez, Tae Crowder, McFadden, Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin.

"Tough. Dependable. Smart," Daboll said about Calitro. "He's played in multiple roles. He's done a good job in the kicking game. He's really been a good addition for us at that spot."

5. Injury report

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor left the game late in the first quarter with a back injury and was listed as questionable to return. He was later ruled out.

"He should be okay," the head coach said about Taylor after the game. "I don't think there's anything (serious). He just landed hard, and I talked to him at halftime. And he said he's okay."

Tight end Daniel Bellinger and defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes were later ruled out after both were evaluated for concussions.

Daboll announced on Friday that the following players would not be suiting up for Sunday's preseason finale: WR Sterling Shepard, WR C.J. Board, OL Shane Lemieux, OL Josh Ezeudu, OL Ben Bredeson, OL Garrett McGhin, OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux, OLB Azeez Ojulari, OLB Elerson Smith, CB Rodarius Williams, S Dane Belton and K Graham Gano. QB Daniel Jones, RB Saquon Barkley, WR Kadarius Toney, DL Leonard Williams, DL Dexter Lawrence and CB Adoree' Jackson were among other starters to sit out today's game.


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