Giants-Lions: Winners and losers in the Giants’ position battles

in F r e i s t i l 16.11.2018 07:24
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The New York Giants soundly beat the Detroit Lions Authentic Rhett Ellison Jersey , of Friday night, never trailing after their second possession and winning, 30-17. But, as the coaches will be the first to tell you, the win-loss totals are not the point of preseason. Most of the time they aren’t even interested in the final score. Instead, preseason games are for marking the progress of the team as a whole, for coaches to try things out, and for position battles to be played out on the field. With two preseason games in the books, we can begin to draw trend lines and start to get a glimpse into the coaching staff’s thought process. And with that in mind, let’s check in on some of the Giants’ biggest position battles. Backup quarterbackThis wasn’t included in the battles last week, but after Davis Webb’s Week 1 performance, it is a position we have to keep an eye on.Winner: Davis Webb might be THE big winner for the Giants on the night. After a bad, unsettled performance against the Cleveland Browns, Webb got the start and looked composed, decisive, and accurate. He responded to the faith from the Giants’ coaching staff by slinging the ball all over the field with touch and accuracy, finishing with stat line of 14-for-20 (70 percent) for 140 yards and a touchdown. Webb had a few highlight plays, but this one stands out: Center: Jon Halapio vs. Brett JonesLast week I thought Brett Jones came away with the better performance — and the win. The Giants, apparently, disagreed and Halapio remained the starting center through the next week of practice. It is difficult to say whether either center established an advantage over the other. It did stand out that Halapio failed to snap the ball despite Webb calling for it, resulting in a delay of game penalty. Wide receiverThe Giants have a horde of young receivers and journeyman vets looking to carve out roles on the depth chart. These preseason games are important for all of them as they seek a place on both offense and special teams. WinnersCody Latimer - Latimer finally stepped up and showed why the Giants made him a free agent priority. He displayed great body control and subtle route running to create separation and make plays on the ball. Russell Shepard - Shepard showed solid concentration through coverage to make deep reception. Shepard didn’t have much separation, but in a crowded wide receiver room, being able to make a play despite being covered could be a difference maker.Kalif Raymond showed some upside as a returner, as well as some sharp route running and nice hands on a high pass over the middle.LosersHunter Sharp once again got the first team chances as the starting kick and punt returner Youth Kerry Wynn Jersey , and struggled with ball security. He also failed to make an impression as a receiver, with one catch on two targets for no yards.CornerbackWho will man the slot corner position? Who will back up Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple? Are those players even on the roster right now? The Giants need answers to those questions by the final preseason game, and they got another set of data points against the Lions. WinnersB.W. Webb - Webb has showed a reassuring combination of veteran savvy and solid fundamentals. Last week he used the sideline as an extra defender to prevent a touchdown pass, this week he was solid as a sub-package defender with the first team and with the second team.LosersGrant Haley - The UDFA rookie struggled at the end of the game. He missed some tackles and played sloppier as the game wore on. He made a nice play to prevent a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter. He showed that he is a rookie, but a rookie with some upside.Mike Jones - The Lions continually picked on Jones, a rookie who just signed a few days ago, resulting in several receptions and two pass interference penalties.SafetyWho is going to be the other starting safety beside Landon Collins? Curtis Riley has been that throughout the off-season, but the the Giants have featured a lively rotation of potential starters through camp. WinnersMichael Thomas - Thomas was, once again, all over the field. Not only did he make a nice play in coverage to prevent a touchdown, but he was active coming downhill in run defense.LosersDarian Thompson - Thompson is here not because of anything he did in the game, but simply by viture of being injured. He is ina fight for his job and you can make the team from the trainer’s table.Week 4 NFL picks, predictions against the point spread For Sunday, use this for your non-Giants games open thread.After a good start to the season, two losing weeks have not been fun. There were a lot of weird games last week, so this week will maybe help show if some of those were just flukes or if we were wrong about some teams over the first two weeks of the season. Remember these picks are strictly for fun and entertainment purposes and please for your sake do not take these picks as gambling advice. Lines used here come from the Westgate Las Vegas via OddsShark. Home team in CAPS.Minnesota (+7) over RAMSThe Rams are probably the best team in the league — they’re first in DVOA and point differential — and the Vikings just did鈥?I don’t know what the Vikings just did against the Bills. But this is a weird Thursday night game, the Rams will be without Aqib Talib and possibly Marcus Peters at cornerback. Against Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, that’s no bueno. Minnesota might also have a defense that can hang with the Rams offense. I’d still probably pick the Rams to win, but seven points is a lot.UPDATE: there were a lot of points here, but it ended up as a draw against the spread. 0-0-1 for the week.Philadelphia (-4) over TENNESSEETennessee might be the weirdest team in the league. They lose a crazy marathon game to the Dolphins in Week 1, then beat the Texans by barely throwing the ball, then beat the Jaguars in a game with almost no points that saw their injured starting quarterback play significantly more than the backup who started the game. Despite all that, Titans are still just 24th in DVOA and the Eagles are better in just about every way. GREEN BAY (-9.5) over BuffaloWhat the hell, Buffalo? There was a point it felt we had to adjust stats for teams that played against the Bills Curtis Riley Jersey , then they go and blow out the Vikings. But still, we have a two-game sample of the Bills being the worst team in the league and one being very opportunistic. Outside of Tre’Davious White, the Buffalo defense has been a disappointment and it’s not going to take much more than that to pick Aaron Rodgers by a lot in this game.Detroit (+3) over DALLASThe Dallas offense is pitiful, there’s really no way around it. Even with the lack of receivers, the offense should be better than this. Detroit maybe figured out a winning formula against New England and there’s little to suggest they won’t be able to take advantage of whatever is going on in Dallas right now.CHICAGO (-3) over Tampa BayThere hasn’t been a better defense in the league so far than the Chicago Bears. There have been few better offenses than the Buccaneers. The one way to slow down Ryan Fitzpatrick (if he’s the starter) is to force him into turnovers and that’s something the Bears can do. Chicago matches up really well on that side of the ball, which will be important while they still figure out what they can and can’t do on offense.Jets (+7.5) over JACKSONVILLEDominating New England and then not being able to do anything against Tennessee is quite the two-week stretch for Jacksonville. The Jaguars defense should be able to handle the Jets’ offense, but the Jets are second in defensive DVOA and second in special teams DVOA, which could keep this game closer than some (the line) would anticipate.NEW ENGLAND (-6.5) over MiamiThe Patriots can have slow Septembers, even though this feels like one of the slowest of the Brady-Belichick era. Still, it’s the Brady-Belichick era and expecting back-to-back letdown games from New England is expecting lightning to strike twice. Miami is surprisingly top-10 in all three phases of the game by DVOA, but even with that it’s hard to pick against the Pats.INDIANAPOLIS (-1) over Houston炉\_(銉?_/炉Cincinnati (+5.5) over ATLANTAThe Bengals offense can put up points. So can the Falcons offense. But the Cincinnati defense has a much bigger advantage over the Atlanta defense as currently constructed. It feels weird to say, but don’t be surprised if the Bengals can hang in a potential shootout with the Falcons.Seattle (-3) over ARIZONAIt’s Josh Rosen time, which is nice. But unless the Cardinals have figured out they need to completely change the structure of the offense along with the quarterback, there’s not a lot of immediate hope for an instant improvement. As much as the Seahawks have changed over personnel on defense, they still rank sixth in defensive DVOA through three weeks.Cleveland (+2.5) over OAKLANDAll aboard the Baker train. Oakland is 31st in defensive DVOA, nearly the perfect defense for Mayfield to make his first start. He was so calm and collected against the Jets and a full week of prep for him as the starter can absolutely yield great results.CHARGERS (-10) over San FranciscoAs much as the Chiefs and Buccaneers have gotten talked about as the top offense, no team has gained 20 or more yards on a higher percentage of their offensive plays than the Chargers. San Francisco has some injuries on defense and will be starting C.J. Beathard at quarterback. That’s really all you need to know.New Orleans (-3.5) over GIANTSThere’s going to be a lot written about this game (and already has) on this site. So I’ll make this brief: it’s hard to imagine the Giants winning a potential shootout here. Baltimore (+3) over PITTSBURGHThe Ravens have a top-5 defense and an offense that’s been much more passable than it has in the past. Pittsburgh can still put up the yards and points with the best of them, but the defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone through the first three weeks of the season. With the quarterback selections recently, we’re moving toward a time when the AFC North matchups are going to be more Big 12 than 1980’s. How this game plays out could be a good test in how close we are to that.Kansas City (-5.5) over DENVERKansas City is scoring on 53 percent of their offensive drives. They’re also allowing scores on 48 percent of their opponents’ drives, but 53 > 48. Everything about the Kansas CIty offense has been perfect so far. It’s spread out to give Patrick Mahomes open reads and he’s good enough to take advantage of them. It’s more than enough for the Chiefs to have the advantage every time they get themselves into a shootout, which has been just about every game this season.Last week: 6-10Season: 19-27-2

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