I must say first and foremost to Mr. Goodell, get those referees back ASAP!!!! Like NOW!!!! I could not believe these guys did not know the game was over. Overall the Refs did a poor and unprofessional job. When the games are for real their calls will mean the difference between a win or a loss. This level of performance will be unacceptable.
Overall the Giants played a good game, the starters looked good. The Giants look like a 10-6 team unless they get some people back and others step up. The team they played is a scrub team that might be bad enough to go 4-12 or worse. The key player is…….Beatty, not Terrell Thomas. That offensive line needs help. Snee does not look like the old Snee, it’s time that the Giants look to replace him unless he steps up and has a comeback year. He looks old and slow and does not have the power and explosiveness he had a few years ago. Baas looks good, Boothe looks OK, the tackles look slightly below average. This Oline is going to have issues all season unless Beatty comes back and someone takes the ROT spot, Diehl is not the answer. The right side looks awful.
I was also disappointed with Petrus’s play against the Jags second unit, he usually plays the left side, he was playing against the second unit in Snee’s place on the right. Petrus should have dominated his man, he did not. Petrus did look bigger and stronger though. Locklear was having problems with the rush and the line was not blowing anybody off the LOS on run plays. Although the Jags knew what was coming and where ready, still there wasn’t even a crease for Bradshaw and no push, nobody was in the second level, the Jag do not have a top 10 defense. I’d rather have Locklear at his more natural ROT position and Beatty back at LOT. Cordle looked OK at center from what I could tell, he looked to have good size.
The Giants need to stop fooling around and have some high priority draft and/or free agent offensive lineman next season. They got away with it and now it’s not working anymore, it needs to be revamped. We can’t rely on Beatty even though when healthy he’s a top LOT, he’s never healthy. We’ll see if this starting unit improves against the Jets next week. They must start to show some dominance and explosiveness. Mosley has some talent I wish they would leave him at the ROT but the Giants want their offensive lineman to be able to play multiple positions, in my opinion it stops them from developing. I think if they just leave Mosley at ROT he will win the job. McCants is not ready, I think they want Brewer to step up and take the ROT spot but he’s not and Mosley is the guy. Come on Tom stop the BS, what are you doing?
I think Carr proved he can play if anything happens to Eli, I never doubted it. David Wilson looks stronger than he did in college. He will be a big part of the offense moving forward, he looks really fast. Ware looked good, he looks more explosive than he has in the past. Ware does not waste motion and is a solid professional with good instincts for the NFL style of running. Andre Brown does not have what it takes to play in the NFL, he made very poor decisions and is still more of a college runner. Bradshaw did not look that good, maybe it was the poor blocking, to me he was not accelerating well. He needs more snaps to get his jets right and the rust off. I was down on Ware but he looked better than last year, Brown just does not have the instincts to be a quality NFL back. Did Scott get any snaps? If he did I missed it. I would like to see if this guy can play. Martinek looked good blocking and catching a pass, I think if given a chance he will beat out Brown for a roster spot, he can play FB and HB.
The receivers where no surprise to me, I have said Barden and Jernigan just plain and simple are not good, in fact they suck. Barden got open once, the other plays he could not get any separation as usual. Same old story with Barden, it’s time to move on and give his snaps to another player. Jernigan does not have the physicality to play in the NFL, he should have caught that TD pass. Jernigan was a really good college player but cannot transition into the NFL unless he hits the weight room and gets much stronger, it is too early to give up on him though. Seriously he’s not ready even to return kicks/punts. He is fast but does not play fast, some players do not run fast, they have what’s called functional football speed. Jernigan runs pretty fast but does not have good NFL functional speed. Randle does not run as fast as Jernigan but has great function speed he will be a top receiver in the NFL.
I was impressed with Cruz, he’s a dangerous player that must be double teamed, he can take it home on any play. Cruz is NOT a one year wonder, he’s one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL. I liked the way Randle executed, I need to see more and hope he is the starter next week over the useless Barden. It seems like almost everybody caught a pass during the game. Some made great catches or the way they made the catch seemed to say I belong in the NFL. It’s about technique and execution, having that certain intangible like Cruz has. I see it in other players like Randle, Stanback who looks good but has been derailed by injuries all through his career. DePalma caught one and Talley caught two passes.
Barden and Jernigan have been here long enough and still look and play like rookies. I hope after reviewing the film of the game the coaches change things and give some of the other players more reps. We’ll see next game if they finally give up on Barden who obviously I am really down on. I hope they eventually just release him if Reese cannot trade him by the last cuts. There’s too much competition and talent to waste a roster spot on him.
I was also impressed with Bennett, I can’t wait for the Dallas game. I hope he does not get nervous and he just sticks it to them. He looks as big as the offensive tackles and can run. Bennett will be one of Eli’s main targets, especially in the red zone, I’m sure of that. Nicks, Cruz and Bennett plus whoever else steps up, this is the strength of the offense. I know Randle will step up, I can see it. I picked Talley earlier, before camp, I still think he will slowly creep up the depth chart and make the roster. Bear made some good blocks, Donnell did nothing and I didn’t see much of any other TE.
Give Talley a chance I think he has the ability to play and be successful in the NFL. I don’t think he will ever be as good as Cruz but he can contribute and make plays consistently. Douglas, DePalma, Stanback and Talley have NFL talent, I have not seen enough of Collins yet. That is the key, to be consistent. That’s what gets you playing time, that’s why Coughlin likes his veterans. You cannot win football games with players that are sometimes good, sometimes not, sometimes great. I did not see Hixon play, is he hurt? I know Douglas was out, I don’t know why, I hope it’s not serious. The Giants really need Hixon back there for returns.
The Special teams looked better except for the returns. Doesn’t anybody know how to catch the ball? This is something that has to be worked on and somebody must step up and show they can consistently catch the ball, make the right call and be able to break it for a long gain. I would gladly be happy with 2 out of 3 right now. Zak DeOssie was running down and making plays like his old self, that’s great. The young players looked like they were blocking and tackling better than last year. Weatherford looked great and Tynes except for one kick looked stronger. I think he kicked one ball out of the end zone and I have never seen him do that.
The defense did not look good in some cases, although as always they can get to the passer. JPP, Tuck Osi, Joseph all looked good and there are no worries with their play. Rogers was disappointing, he looked sluggish and was sealed off many times, he was having trouble with double teams. He also over committing himself and was sealed making a nice running lane. Was he free lancing or doing what was schemed, I think he was free lancing, as the game continued he got better and played more disciplined. Rogers needs to get into better shape to make any impact.
Austin had a bad start but came on. He had some problems with double teams, one on one he dominated the player in front of him. I think by the start of the season he will be playing much better and making plays. Hendricks had a good game and I think he is ready to have a roster spot and see playing time, he did a good job. Kuhn looks more like a DE, he plays too high for a DT, maybe he should take some weight off and move to DE, he’s raw and needs a lot of work on his technique.
Tracy looked like he had a good game, in reality he did not. His play was deceiving, when allowed he made plays because nobody was on him. When it came time to make an important play he looked bad and allowed the runner to score. He did not have good technique and missed his gap responsibilities making a simple but inexcusable error with nobody even on him. Maybe he’s better on the left side than the right side, he needs more time. Players look great when they’re not blocked, you can tell if they are good when and if they have to make a play and don’t, he didn’t. I think Marshall has more potential as a DE. The other defensive lineman did not make any impact during the game, although Broha made some plays late one on a stunt with the DT.
Mark Herzlich needs more snaps, he over ran some plays because he has such good quickness. He is clearly the better athlete and should be the starting MIKE. Sorry to say Chase looked slow and could not make plays, it’s time to decide to keep him on the roster because of the need for veteran depth or let him go. Jones played well too and looked much better at the MIKE, he’s a natural MLB for the Tampa 2 defense. I would be OK so far going into the season with Herzlich as the starter and Jones backing him up. Rivers looks like a great athlete but doesn’t yet know the defense. I think once he’s comfortable he’ll be fine and making plays. Boley was missed not being there. Paysinger looked a little lost as did most of the second and third unit players except for a few that had good games.
The second team secondary looked lost, dazed and confused. You have to look at the mistakes and see what is correctable and what isn’t. The issue Prince had was something he could get away with in college and cannot in NFL. I don’t think you’ll see him try to do that again. What he did was to try and peek at the QB, when he did that the receiver turned it on, pulled away and made the catch. He actually had excellent coverage until he tried to cheat and look at the QB. He has to concentrate on the receiver and if he can see the QB it has to be with his peripheral vision. It’s a feel thing and it’s just a matter of adjusting to the NFL, he needs more time on the field playing to work on his techniques and timing. He has to get to know all the receivers he will be facing in the NFL, Prince has all the tools and skills. I have confidence in him as I do with Hosley who obviously belongs in NFL and will be an outstanding CB, maybe not so much a returnman. We have four quality defensive backs and Coe is not bad, it’s a pretty good group especially when TT comes back. There might be some growing pains, the coaches and fans have to be patient with the young players. Rolle is just not that good in the slot and the coaches should give Hosley a chance there.
Will Hill can play, period, get him in there and see if he can play the SS in the regular defense. Tyron might be gone, he had a terrible game and looks lost out there. There were so many players in and out I lost track. Some just did not play well, I really would need to have access to tape of the game and go over what their assignments where and which player did what. Whatever it was a lot of them will not be with the team. The players in the secondary I have a good feeling about so far are Hill, Hosley and Prince. I do not know why the Giants are playing Janzen Jackson as a CB, he’s a safety. I need to see more of Horton, Nicolas, Molden, Brown and Jackson at safety not CB.
The only group I am worried about is the offensive line. All the other positions are deep and talented. I have a lot of confidence in some players that have not yet flashed. It’s all about consistency, improving individual play and team play as well as staying healthy. I see a 10-6 record unless the offensive line plays better. Eli will have another great passing season especially with the addition of Bennett and Randle. It’s the run game I am worried about. The Jets are going to get their butts kicked next week. I’m looking forward to seeing players that I did not get a chance to this game. I have given up on Barden, if he hasn’t figured it out by now he never will.