Pre-season has finally begun for giants Friday night, albeit with several key players rested on both teams. They fell short in Detroit, however, as they gave up five sacks and blew a 10-point halftime lead.
rookie Adrian Martinez He led a late drive for a go-ahead score, sneaking the quarterback from a yard out with 1.51 remaining.
The Giants had led 6-0 in the first quarter after an interception and turnover on touchdowns put them within field goal range twice, then extended this lead to 13-3 late in the first half on a 14-yard run. fall pass from Tommy DeVito to T.Omi Sweeney bottom seam.
Detroit cut the lead to 13-11 in the third quarter on a stellar 95-yard punt return for a touchdown by Maurice Alexander Then he took the lead on a field goal. However, the Giants regained the lead on a 47-yard drive Graham Janow goal with less than eight minutes remaining.
Here are the main points…
One of the Giants’ main success stories has been safety Jason Pinnock, who is trying to secure the starting role. Pennock was only in the game for a handful of snaps, but he intercepted an errant pass, blew a run down the field and broke up a fourth pass. The game couldn’t be much better for Pinnock, which is listed as the first of the series in the Giants’ unofficial depth chart.
Another plus is the quick passing from some of the players the Giants will be counting on to provide depth this season. Tomon Fox And Oshane Ximines Each one created some good pressure from the edge, with Fox creating pressure that led to Pinnock intercepting and Ximines reaching quarterback on an incomplete fourth down.
One negative was the Giants’ offensive line, which struggled against the Lions’ reserves. Most disturbing were those expected starters John Michael Schmitz And Ben Bredison He had many negative plays. Bredison gave up a sack while rookie Schmitz struggled to keep blocks on the running game.
The Lions are a team on the rise and their future continues to look bright with the rookies JHMIR Gibbs, Jack Campbell And Bryan branch They all make great plays.
– Turnovers were clearly key in the first half with the Giants’ only touchdown set up with an interception and long return by Dean Pelton. The Lions turned the ball on downs twice, including once inside the Giants’ five-yard line, and trailed 13-3 at the half despite outgaining the Giants by 203 yards to 108.
A wide future Colin Johnson He was ruled out early with a knee injury. This is worrying for Johnson, who was on his way back from a torn Achilles tendon and was making waves in a crowded set during camp.
– Special teams are a crucial way for young players to prove they deserve a spot on the roster and Cordell Great He put in an impressive showing in covering gambling to bet his claim. but, green lemon He hurt his roster chances with a missed tackle on Alexander’s return.
– Giants are very deep in hole receiving positions with the likes Sterling Shepherd, Andell Robinson And Paris Campbell, None of them played, vying for a role. However, veterans Cole Paisley And Jamison Crowder They will also consider themselves worthy of this role. The pair combined for 65 yards on six catches in the first half. Perhaps the Giants can get draft pick compensation for one or more of these players in a trade.
The Giants return home to take on the Carolina Panthers on Friday, August 18th at 7 p.m