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Film Review: Final look before final roster decisions


Let's look at some of the player usage and performance from players in the final preseason game that may be fighting for the final spot on the 53-man roster.

* After the game, Davis Webb said his performance this preseason was the best of his career. Against the Jets, he completed 30 of 38 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. In three games, he has completed 74% of his passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns. His deep understanding of the offense is clear to see and his accuracy and decision-making has stood out. Webb is also valued as an important part of the quarterbacks room. No one knows whether or not the Giants will decide to carry three quarterbacks, but Webb's performance will definitely make them consider it a bit longer.

* Special teams are always important this time of year. Matt Breida, Zyon Gilbert, and Khalil Dorsey were the gunners on the first two Giants punts. Gilbert finished the game with eight special teams snaps, with one coming on punt coverage, three on punt return and four on field goal block. Matt Breida had at least two snaps on every kick and punt return and coverage teams. Dorsey's four special teams snaps came only on punt coverage.

The Giants had eight players play all five of the team's punt coverage snaps: Gary Brightwell, Oshane Ximines, Alex Bachman (as the personal punt protector), Chris Myarick, Carter Coughlin, Cam Brown, and Antonio Williams. Harrison Hand also had three punt coverage snaps.

On kick coverage, Yusuf Corker, Quincy Roche, Trenton Thompson, Cam Brown, Antonio Williams, and Gary Brightwell played all six snaps. Carter Coughlin played five snaps, with Ximines and Cor'Dale Flott playing four each, and Jashaun Corbin playing three.

Austin Calitro played three snaps on punt return, and three on kick return. Corker played three snaps each on punt and kick return. Thompson also played every punt and kick return snap. Came Brown's 25 special teams snaps led the team, followed by Cart Coughlin's 22. Thompson, Brightwell and Antonio Williams all finished with 20.

Calitro has made plays on defense since he joined the Giants roster on July 28. He had an interception and quarterback hit in the first preseason game, and put an exclamation point on his preseason with a pick-six, tackle for loss and fumble recovery against the Jets. Calitro has vast special teams experience from his previous 10 spots in the NFL. Carter Coughlin played 34 defensive snaps and Micah McFadden played 53.

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

* The battle for the starting left guard spot and the backup spots on the offensive line were some of the most intriguing story lines heading into the regular season. Jamil Douglas started at left guard and played 17 snaps there before being replaced by Josh Rivas. Devery Hamilton, who started at left guard last week, played all 66 of his snaps at left tackle. Max Garcia played all 51 of his snaps at right guard. Ben Bredeson and rookie Josh Ezeudu did not play due to injury. According to Pro Football Focus, Jamil Douglas gave up the Jets' lone sack in the game, while Devery Hamilton allowed two pressures. Max Garcia did not allow any pressures, sacks, or quarterback hits.

* Alex Bachman followed up his 11-catch, 122-yard performance against the Bengals in the second preseason game with an efficient six catches on six targets for 27 yards in 39 snaps. David Sills played 14 snaps and started at wide receiver next to Wan'Dale Robinson and Kenny Golladay. Darius Slayton played thirteen snaps and Richie James played 12 after the starters departed.

* In a tight end room that has seen a lot of turnover and is not at full capacity, undrafted rookie free agent Austin Allen caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in 23 snaps. Chris Myrarick played 12 snaps at tight end, while Daniel Bellinger started and played 19 snaps before leaving the game to be evaluated for a concussion.

* Cor'Dale Flott played seven snaps in the slot and 27 snaps at outside cornerback. Khalil Dorsey played inside once Flott moved outside. Jihad Ward started on the edge and exited after 16 snaps. Oshane Ximines, Quincy Roche and Tomon Fox split the snaps on the edge evenly for the remainder of the game. Justin Ellis, Jaylin Holmes and Nicholas Williams split the interior defensive line snaps early in the game evenly in the first half of the game.


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