Saturday, August 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Giants 26, Jets 3
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- The Jets have made all the preseason noise in New York, but the Giants reminded Rex Ryan who the defending champs are with a 26-3 victory on Saturday night.
What it means: It’s just the preseason, but Victor Cruz and the Giants' pass rush look like they are in midseason form. Cruz repeatedly got open, and Jason Pierre-Paul looked awesome with two sacks. The Giants took advantage of Wayne Hunter, and Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck each added half a sack to JPP’s total.
The Giants had to settle for four field goals from Lawrence Tynes, so Tom Coughlin will want to see his offense execute better going forward. But the defending champs are just fine-tuning things right now and trying to stay healthy.
Bradshaw injured: Ahmad Bradshaw left the game in the first quarter to undergo an X-ray on his right hand -- the result was negative.
Bradshaw played for one offensive series and gained 2 yards on three carries. He had his hand iced on the sideline upon returning from the locker room and did not return to the game.
The running game: With Bradshaw out, D.J. Ware got more work but was able to gain only 15 yards on 11 carries. The blocking wasn’t that great, as often there was no room to run.
Andre Brown started the third quarter and had 5 yards on two carries. Rookie David Wilson came in and then gave way to Da'Rel Scott before coming back into the game in the fourth quarter. Wilson finished with 26 yards on eight carries. Rookie RB/FB Joe Martinek caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Perrilloux in the fourth quarter.
Rookie report: While Wilson looked speedy and shifty again, fellow Virginia Tech product Jayron Hosley stole the show with a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown off Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez was looking for Patrick Turner, and Hosley stepped in front and had a clear path down the left sideline for the touchdown. Hosley has impressed Coughlin in the preseason. The third-round pick, who also was the main punt returner, looks more and more like a playmaker.
Second-round pick Rueben Randle also made an impressive catch when he snatched a deep pass over the middle from David Carr. Randle timed his leap perfectly and displayed great hands on the 49-yard gain.
Cruz control: Cruz didn’t have a 99-yard touchdown catch this time, but he just missed out on catching a bomb on Darrelle Revis on the Giants’ first offensive play of the game. It was one of the few times Eli Manning wasn’t able to connect with Cruz.
Cruz, who also took a big shot from LaRon Landry but held on for the catch and got right up to signal first down, was targeted often and had five receptions for 51 yards.
Manning and Cruz’s chemistry continues to get better, and the time the two had with Hakeem Nicks on the sideline during camp has definitely helped. Nicks is expected to resume practicing this coming week.
Other injuries: Backup middle linebacker Mark Herzlich was in the game for only a few snaps before suffering a hip pointer. He left the game in the third quarter.
Backup defensive end Adrian Tracy also had to leave the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Both players have looked good in the preseason.
Giants bits: Tuck had his neck/shoulder area checked out on the sideline but came back in and had a sack that was nullified by penalty. ... Steve Weatherford was able to draw a roughing the kicker penalty when Joe McKnight ran into him on the Giants’ first punt of the game. But Weatherford had a punt blocked when Aaron Maybin got a piece of the ball for a partial block in the second quarter. ... Manning threw an interception when he tried to throw the ball away but was picked by Landry.
What’s next: The Giants play the Bears next Friday night at home in their third preseason game.