Pat Shurmur’s First New York Giants
Pre-Season Opener Spoiled by the Number One Draft Pick
by – Alexander George
The New York Giants played their first pre-season game with first year head coach Pat Shurmur last night at Met Life Stadium at 7pm EST. They played against the Cleveland Browns whose number one pick in the draft, quarterback Baker Mayfield, literally dissected the Giants defense apart in
their convincing 20 – 10 victory.
Baker Mayfield (11 for 20, 212 yards and 2 TDs) had more passing yardage than the four Giants quarterbacks combined. In the second quarter, he threw a 10 yard pass to tight end David Njoku (2 REC for 46 yds and 2 TDs), who scored earlier, in the firstquarter, on a 36 yard catch and run against Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree thrown by the Browns starter Tyrod Taylor (5 for 5, 99 yds and 1 TD). The touchdown pass that ended any hope for the Giants to win the game was an early, fourth quarter, 54 yard reception from wide receiver Antonio Callaway (3 REC for 87 YDS and 1 TD), who eluded Giants safety Orion Stewart and newly acquired cornerback Leonard Johnson, for the score.
There were very few offensive plays the Giants made in the pre-season opener that is considered commendable. Saquon Barkley’s 39 yard initial run, which ultimately led to a 42 yard field goal by kicker Aldrick Rosas was one. A special teams forced fumble during a punt return by defensive end Kerry Wynn in which special teams veteran Zak DeOssie recovered the ball that eventually led to Giants running back Jalen Simmons (7 ATT for 38 yds and 1 TD) 5 yard touchdown run for the Giants second and final score of the night was another.
Those two plays were the only ones executed effectively in an otherwise flat offense with Giants quarterbacks Davis Webb (9 for 22 , 70 yards), in the game for about 2 1/2 quarters, and Kyle Lauletta (6 for 9, 48 yards), in the game with 4:17 left in the third quarter, completely ineffective in the game.
The Giants offensive drives stalled so much that punter Riley Dixon had a very busy night with 10 punts for 442 yards.
As bad as their offense was and as invisible as their pass defense was, with 322 yards allowed, the Giants run defense was the only noteworthy accomplishment in the game. They only allowed 50 yards rushing with Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, tied for the lead, with running back Matthew Dayes both totaling 13 yards rushing. Furthermore, the Browns 13 penalties for 141 yards made this game a lot closer than what it should have been with Browns offensive drives stalling due to these flags thrown by officials.
The New York Giants travel to Ford Field in Michigan to face the Detriot Lions for their second pre-season game on Saturday, August 17th at 7:00pm EST.