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It has been lost in Daniel Jones Mania, but Eli Manning also has a pretty good summer.
The veteran starter – who is still the giant starter – has been solid throughout the preseason in the three series he has played. This time, Manning made a treacherous performance in a 25-23 win at Cincinnati and went 4: 8 for 41
Manning is now 9 out of 13 for 86 yards a touchdown and no interceptions. It's obviously a small sample, but good for a passers-by rating of 113.0.
More importantly, he feels comfortable when his line of attack plays well in front of him. He looks crucial except for the first round of the year, when he ignored an open Rhett Ellison to get a passport. And his arm looks strong, with his passports with a lot of zipper. He has not really unleashed his arm in the preseason, but his arm strength has been proven in practice throughout the camp.
So yes, Jones is good and Jones is the future. But Manning continues his claim to the present.
Here are some more examples from the Giants' third pre-season game:
– In the first game, Jones had a stunning debut. In the second, he showed that he could recover from adversity. In the third he showed that he can take a hit. He picked up a huge out of Bengal's linebacker Carl Lawson and caused a mess that the Giants recovered. In the next game, he again released a 27-yard pass with Lawson, which went to the rookie Darius Slayton who just barely caught him. It was a perfect throw just before he was hit.
Not many rookie quarterbacks can do that. Jones really seems unshakeable. He still mainly does it against defense backups, but there is no doubt that his future looks bright.
DANNY DIMES 🔥
DANNY. DIMES. AGAIN.
– Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 23, 2019
– The first String defense of the giants has left a sign of life, especially in terms of pressure. DT Dexter Lawrence showed why he was drafted on the first drive by moving up the middle and down a pass from Bengals QB Andy Dalton . That was in second place. On the third departure, Tae Davis and Lorenzo Carter flew in from outside to force Dalton to accelerate his pass shortly before Davis hammered him. Any sign of a rush of this group must be considered a good thing.
– Some things never change: The Giants can not cover tight ends. And the Bengals apparently knew it because they opened the game with a screen pass to TE CJ Uzomah which he made a 29-yard win. And later, Dalton hit Uzomah for a 26-yard touchdown pass as he shot past Giants S Jabrill Peppers . Each year. It does not matter who is in the lineup. Nothing changes.
– The two drops of Latimer are by no means what Pat Shurmur wanted to see from a reception corps that has more questions than answers. You will need a receiver number 2 and 3 to begin the season with Golden Tate in the suspension. They really counted on Latimer and Bennie Fowler, but they need someone to rely on. A good sign: Manning was not under pressure behind the start offensive. Gradually, the form completes from five. They were also pretty good in run blocking, but their pass rush was generally excellent. Trust me: how this line cuts off will tell the story of this season.
– Will Hernandez is a great watchman, and he'll be fine, but those penalties in two series were just terrible. It was not his night.
– TE Evan Engram made his preseason debut, which was a bit surprising. He caught a short pass and made a first descent and a nine meter win. He did not come out for the second series. This was just a way to wet his feet, so to speak.
– RB Wayne Gallman is not Saquon Barkley but he is a good support and has shown that on Thursday night. He rushed eight times for 31 yards and caught a 10-yard pass. Veteran Rod Smith had some nice hard runs behind him, including a strong push for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. But he left the game with a groin injury after just five runs for eight yards. Paul Perkins rushed two meters three yards, which brings him closer to his career as a Giants.
Eli Manning, senior blocker 😂
– Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 22, 2019
– Rookie CB Corey Ballentine completed a Bengals ride with a pass-through distraction in the third quarter that could easily have been a Pick-6. The pick for the sixth round has not started, but he plays as he should. He will soon find his way into the defensive rotation of the Giants.
– Shurmur seems to prefer having veteran Alex Tanney in his quarterback space, rather than Kyle Lauletta . But if Lauletta changed his mind, that was the night. Tanney did not look very good and went 2 yards for 25 yards. Then Lauletta came in and went 4-of-7 for 77 yards. But he threw a nice, 36-yard pass down the sideline to Reggie White Jr. to set up a Jon Hilliman touchdown run. His better game was the two-point conversion – a great game fake, followed by an arrow on Alonzo Russell in the end zone. He looked as sharp as he looked all summer.
Brittan Golden to the house !!
– Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 23, 2019
– Brittan Golden with two impressive fences for 59 yards was a good argument for the last receiver slot on the Giants. He may have actually hit the team with his 68-yard punt return for a fourth-quarter touchdown. On the way he got a great block from Russell, who was his bodyguard in the whole field.
The Giants play their last pick-up game on August 29 against the Patriots in Foxborough. Then it's the Cowboys in Dallas for Week 1 of the regular season.