The Giants left Detroit with their first preseason victory under Pat Shurmur. There were a lot of positives. Here's what I saw from the radio booth pending further film review.
• The Giants final rushing numbers were solid, running 26 times for 96 yards. Running backs Wayne Gallman (five rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown) and Robert Martin (seven rushes for 47 yards and a touchdown) were the standouts. Early in the first quarter, however, there was too much penetration in the backfield for Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis, forcing Jonathan Stewart's first two runs to go for • 6 yards. Everyone settled in as the game went along.
• Gallman was also a factor in the passing game with two catches for nine yards and another for a touchdown. He was also solid in pass protection, including a play in the first half where he came all the way across the formation to pick up a blitzing defender. He certainly made the most of his opportunity to play with the starters.
• Kerry Wynn had another solid day at the office, with a sack after lining up as the three technique and a nice solo tackle on special teams.
• Quarterback Davis Webb played much better in his second preseason game than he did his first, completing 14• 20 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. He had two excellent high level NFL throws that stood out. The first came on the third play of the Giants 17 play, 79 yard, 9 minute drive for a touchdown in the first half. On a 3rd and 17, Webb looked to the right side of the field after the snap, before quickly turning left and hitting wide receiver Sterling Shepard on a flag route. Shepard was being covered tightly by cornerback Nevin Lawson but Webb put the ball perfectly over his shoulder for the 27 yard gain. It could not have been placed better.
Webb's second great throw came in the second quarter to wide receiver Russell Shepard. He put the ball right on the money, leading Shepard to the outside, away from cornerback Jamal Agnew for a forty yard gain. The coverage was tight but Webb put it where he had to in order to get the completion. The two passes had something in common: Webb had perfect fundamentals with his feet and stepped into his throws. Webb is at his best when he throws in rhythm with quiet feet. He gets in trouble when he holds the ball too long, and hesitates on his throws. That's when everything seems to break down for him. It did not happen often last night.
Otherwise, Webb made some nice throws into tight coverage. He is not shy about throwing the ball to blanketed receivers and trusting them to make a contested catch. A perfect example came on a 3rd and 7 play to Evan Engram with just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Engram was covered tightly outside but Webb put it up high to him, and Engram made the catch and stretched out to get the first down.
• On the Giants first field goal attempt, they made a fast personnel change, running their field goal unit on the field and lining up so quickly for a 55 yard field goal that they forced the Lions to call a timeout. The team constantly practices those situations in practice and it paid off on Friday night. After the timeout, Rosas lined up and nailed a 55 yard field goal with plenty of room to spare.
• It's always good to be around the football, and cornerback Grant Haley and linebacker Ray Ray Armstrong showed why on Friday night. A Matt Cassel pass to wide receiver TJ Jones hit off his hands before Haley knocked the ball in the air and into the arms to Ray Ray Armstrong for the interception. Two plays later, Kyle Lauletta was running the ball in for a touchdown.
• Kyle Lauletta showed he can do more than just throw the football. On a scramble for a touchdown in the first half, he cut back and evaded linebacker Steven Longa before running into the end zone. Then in the second half, on a Wayne Gallman cut back he thought about throwing a block, but thought better of it. He did successfully get in the way enough to give Gallman a free run to the end zone.
• Kyle Lauletta made a nice small window throw in tight coverage to Jerrel Adams in the second half. Adams took a big hit, but held onto the football.
• The Giants pass rush was a constant nuisance to the Lions. The Giants had four sacks (Olivier Vernon, Kerry Wynn, Mike Basile, Romeo Okwara) and also had pressure from BJ Hill, Kareem Martin and Lorenzo Carter on other plays throughout the game.
• Hats off to Josh Mauro who showed his power on one play, pushing guard Kenny Wiggins all the way back into the lap of the quarterback, forcing an incomplete pass.
These players stood out in the Giants' win over detroit