PFF takeaways from Giants preseason
The Giants wrapped up their three-game preseason schedule on Sunday with a 31-27 loss to the New York Jets. The loss brought their record to 2-1 ahead of the start of the regular season.
The team saw some players step up when going up against players from other clubs over the last few weeks, including some veterans and younger players.
The Giants finished the preseason ranked first in the NFL in total yards (382.7) and passing yards (279.0) per game. They also finished at the top of the NFC in passing attempts (143), completion percentage (71.3 percent) and fewest sacks allowed (three).
Here are some key preseason takeaways from Pro Football Focus.
*The highest graded Giant from the preseason was also the player who registered the most turnovers for the defense across the three games- veteran inside linebacker Austin Calitro. Calitro registered an interception against the Patriots in the opener. He then picked off another pass against the Jets on Sunday and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown, and also added a fumble recovery and tackle for loss in the preseason finale. Calitro earned a team-high 90.4 overall grade in the preseason, which included elite 91.2 pass rush and 81.5 coverage grades. He picked up five total pressures on just 19 pass rush snaps,
"Tough. Dependable. Smart," Daboll said about the veteran after the preseason finale. "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."
*Rookie inside linebacker Micah McFadden put together a strong preseason. He earned an 81.9 overall grade across the three games, and graded out well in all areas. His final marks on the preseason included 77.4 run defense, 78.3 pass rush, 82.8 tackling and 67.0 coverage grades. His 13 total tackles was among the team's preseason leaders.
*Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence did not play against the Jets, but still did enough in the first two games to earn one of the highest marks on the defense with his 79.8 overall grade. Lawrence played just 18 total defensive snaps, including 10 pass rush snaps, and received a 77.1 pass rush grade.
*Safety Nate Meadors finished with 12 tackles (eight solo) against the Jets, seven more than any other Giant. This capped off a solid preseason for the fourth-year safety, who got a overall grade of 73.7 on 113 total snaps. Meadors' 88.5 tackling grade was the highest on the team, while his 74.5 coverage grade was the highest among the team's defensive backs. He lined up all over the field in the three preseason games, as he picked up snaps on the defensive line, in the box, at free safety and in the slot.
*On offense, let's start up front where the Giants had three of their expected starters grade well in pass protection. Offensive linemen Jon Feliciano (82.2), Mark Glowinski (82.1) and Andrew Thomas (80.8) all received strong pass block grades. Feliciano (22 pass block snaps) and Thomas (21 pass block snaps) did not surrender a single pressure on their pass block snaps, while Glowinski surrendered just one hurry on 37 pass block snaps. Meanwhile, Evan Neal received a 95.8 pass blocking efficiency on his 37 snaps in pass protection.
*When it came to run blocking, offensive lineman Devery Hamilton led the way with an elite 91.8 grade on 51 run block snaps. Ben Bredeson was right behind him with a 91.5 run block grade on 23 snaps, while Andrew Thomas got an 88.9 grade on 10 run block snaps. Fullback Chris Myarick was also among the team's leaders with his 81.3 run block grade.
*Overall, Bredeson received the highest overall grade among the O-linemen with his 88.8 in just one game. Thomas came in a close second with his 85.7 overall grade, followed by Hamilton and his 76.1.
*David Sills received a solid 74.5 overall grade, which included a 71.9 receiving grade and a 77.3 run block grade.
*Gary Brightwell had the highest rushing grade among the team's running backs, as he picked up an elite 86.4 rushing mark after he gained 51 yards on nine carries (5.7 avg.). His 70.0 overall grade was just behind Antonio Williams' 70.6 for the highest among the Giants' backs.
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Giants release 7 players ahead of roster deadline
The Giants yesterday released seven players to get a head start on what promises to be a busy week of roster reshaping.
The moves leave them with 73 players, 20 more than the regular season limit they must reach by 4 p.m. today. But it's likely the Giants will pare down their roster prior to a practice that is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m.
"We probably will do it before," coach Brian Daboll said yesterday.
The most significant transactions could be additions, not subtractions. The Giants will surely be studying the waiver wire and could bring in several players they believe can help them.
Daboll was asked how active he expects the Giants to be in the trade and free agent markets, as well as waiver acquisitions.
"I think that's a really good question for (general manager) Joe (Schoen)," Daboll said. "I'll try to answer it the best I can. I think that we're open to really improving our team in any way we can. Whether that's active in those areas, we're looking to improve however we can. I think Joe and his staff, we've been meeting all morning on different things. They've been doing a really good job of their communication, talking to the coaches and looking at different players to evaluate. I think Joe is open for business."
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