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Giants Now: PFF takeaways from win over Bengals


PFF takeaways from win vs. Bengals

The Giants picked up their second win of the preseason Sunday night when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 25-22 at MetLife Stadium.

Trailing 16-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Giants mounted a late comeback to pick up the victory.

Here are some takeaways from Pro Football Focus from the win over Cincinnati:

*All three Giants quarterbacks graded well against the Bengals. Davis Webb (78.4 overall grade), Daniel Jones (75.2) and Tyrod Taylor (73.3) combined for a completion percentage of nearly 80 percent (43 for 54) and threw for 356 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

*Alex Bachman was the star of the game with his 11 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He had six catches for first downs, forced two missed tackles, registered four explosive plays of 15+ yards, gained 58 yards after the catch and generated a passer rating of 148.6 when targeted. His performance earned him the highest overall grade on the team with an 89.4, including an 86.9 receiving grade.

*David Sills got a 79.5 overall grade after he caught five passes for 56 yards, while Collin Johnson received a 71.6 grade. Johnson reeled in all three of his targets for 41 yards, and generated a passer rating of 118.8 when targeted. Sills also thrived in the run game, earning a run block grade of 84.9.

*Antonio Williams led the way among the running backs with his 73.5 overall grade, including a 73.0 run grade and 77.5 receiving grade. Williams caught all seven of his targets for 46 yards.

*Andrew Thomas received solid marks all around. He played 19 snaps (14 pass block, five run block) and got a 74.3 overall grade, including 76.6 pass and 72.3 run block marks. He did not allow a single pressure.

*Devery Hamilton, who played left guard Sunday, earned the second-highest overall grade among the O-linemen with his 73.1. He graded well in both the run and passing game with marks of 75.1 (pass) and 69.4 (run). But the player that finished with the highest pass block grade on the team was the newly signed Chris Owens. Owens was on the field for 36 pass block snaps and did not allow a single pressure, which led to his 78.7 pass block grade.

*Overall, the offensive line was credited with zero sacks allowed on 57 pass block snaps.

*Rookie outside linebacker Tomon Fox made the final play of the game when he forced a fumble inside Giants' territory, which DB Olaijah Griffin recovered to seal the victory. Fox finished as the team's highest-graded defender, earning an 82.7 overall grade on 42 snaps, which included two total pressures. The undrafted rookie got a 71.9 pass rush grade, 72.5 tackling grade and an elite 91.7 grade on four coverage snaps.

*Defensive lineman Nick Williams finished with an 81.4 overall grade on 10 defensive snaps, including a 72.0 run defense grade.

*Dexter Lawrence earned a strong 83.0 pass rush grade after he picked up one pressure on his seven pass rush snaps. Carter Coughlin recorded two pressures on nine pass rush snaps, good for an 80.9 pass rush grade, while Quincy Roche led the team with three total pressures for a pass rush grade of 75.5 on 27 pass rush snaps.

*Rookie inside linebacker Micah McFadden had a solid game as he earned a 76.2 overall grade after leading the team in tackles with five. Fellow inside linebacker Tae Crowder earned a 74.5 grade on 15 snaps in coverage.

*Nate Meadors earned the highest coverage mark among the team's defensive backs with his 77.9 grade on 23 coverage snaps.

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

Kayvon Thibodeaux 'day-to-day' with MCL sprain

The Giants' first selection in the 2022 NFL Draft dodged the despair of a season-ending knee injury. Their final choice did not.

That was the fallout at linebacker the team announced yesterday in the wake of its 25-22 preseason victory Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Kayvon Thibodeaux, the pass rusher extraordinaire chosen fifth overall, suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the second quarter. Coach Brian Daboll did not give a timetable for his return but was grateful the injury and prognosis did not fit into the worst-case scenario classification.

"I'd say it's day-to-day really," Daboll said. "I'm not forecasting when a player can come back or not come back. I know he'll come in and get treatment. We'll take it day-by-day, and when he's ready to go out there, that's when we'll put him out there."

Inside linebacker Darrian Beavers is in for a longer haul. Though he was taken in the sixth round, No. 182 overall, Beavers impressed the coaching staff early in the spring and was contending to be a starter and see significant playing time. But he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the third quarter, ending his rookie season before it officially began.


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