The day after each game this year, we'll take a look at the game film and roll through some advanced statistics to determine the most important five factors that impacted each game and the Giants moving forward. In this week's analysis of the preseason finale, we'll look at some of the performances in the game that might hint at what is to come in the regular season, and some important competitions that could impact the initial 53-man roster that will be announced by Tuesday at 4 p.m.
1. Daniel Jones: The Giants only scored seven points in the first half but they did move the ball, gained 157 yards, and had only one three-and-out. They would have had at least 10 points if not for an interception thrown by Daniel Jones in the end zone. After failing to run it in on 2nd-and-goal from the 1, the Giants ran a play-action pass on 3rd-and-1. Jones rolled right and tried to squeeze the ball into a well-covered Evan Engram. The pass went behind him and was intercepted by cornerback D'Angelo Ross.
"Obviously, a bad decision there," Jones said after the game. "I gotta be smarter and throw the ball away in that situation, 3rd-and-goal at the one."
Otherwise, Jones played well, completing 17 of 22 passes for 135 yards. He finished the first half with a touchdown on a 2-minute drill, finding Kaden Smith down the seam for a touchdown in tight coverage. Jones put the ball exactly where he was supposed to, up and over the defender's head.
Jones also showed off his arm on a couple of nice throws on deep-outs from the opposite hash. He completed frozen ropes to Sterling Shepard for 22 yards to convert a 3rd-and-6, and to CJ Board to convert a 2nd-and-6 on the final drive of the half.
On the team's fourth drive, a 10-yard holding penalty put the Giants into a 2nd-and-17, which short-circuited that possession.
2. Pressure: According to Pro Football Focus, Jones was pressured on 12 of his 28 dropbacks (43%), with 10 pressures attributed to pass protection. The 10 pressures included two sacks, three quarterback hits, and five quarterback hurries.
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3. Offensive line depth: It was clear the Giants were trying to get more exposure for Ted Larsen, who played in his second preseason game and logged 42 snaps on offense. Larsen started and played 21 snaps at left guard, the took 19 snaps at center before injuring his knee in the second half. According to PFF, he allowed two pressures in the game.
Kenny Wiggins played the rest of the snaps at left guard and finished with 39 offensive snaps, allowing one pressure. Jonotthan Harrison did not take any snaps in the game.
4. Wide receiver competition: After getting a lot of snaps with the starters in the first two preseason games, David Sills didn't receive any snaps until the second half on Sunday. He finished with one catch on four targets for 14 yards. He also got himself open on a nice route, faking an outside move before running a deep post. He had a step or two on the defense and would have scored a touchdown if not for an overthrow. Sills finished with 24 snaps on offense and three on special teams (front line of the kickoff return team).
Pettis played 34 snaps and finished with one catch on eight targets for eight yards. Glennon tried to find him in the endzone on a potential game-tying two point conversion at the end of the game, but the pass fell incomplete. Pettis did not play any special teams snaps.
5. Decisions on defense: The Giants' front office and coaching staff will have to make some tough decisions on defense as cut day approaches. Rodarius Williams played more defensive snaps than anyone with 36, including 10 inside. PFF's tracking only had him allowing one catch on three targets.
Madre Harper played 31 snaps and Sam Beal played 35. The depth at outside cornerback after James Bradberry and Adoree' Jackson will be interesting to see. Simply based on snap counts and performance in preseason games, Williams seems on his way to earning one of those spots. Who will earn the other? Or perhaps the Giants won't keep another strictly outside cornerback on their initial 53?
On the defensive line, BJ Hill's lack of playing time on Sunday was explained by an imminent trade, which could open the door for youngsters David Moa and Raymond Johnson III. Moa played 31 snaps against New England and had a quarterback hurry, while Johnson played 24 snaps and had a pair of hurries.