Giants coach Tom Coughlin has seen this too many times before. Quarterback Eli Manning staring in the direction of wide receiver Rueben Randle after an incompletion or interception, frozen in his patented Manning Face.
"I thought the worst play of the night was the misconnection between Rueben Randle and Eli," Coughlin said. "I thought, he thought, those kind of things. Everyone in this room is tired of hearing that stuff. There is no place for that."
Randle insists it's nothing that can't be fixed. Unlike last year when the wide receiver estimated 80 percent of Manning's interceptions were caused by miscommunication, this was simply a matter of their timing being off. The mistakes this year have been a result of timing.
Unfortunately, this seems to have occurred far too often this preseason for the Giants' new offense, which continues to struggle.
We're expecting Randle to have a productive season, but the Giants may not get off to a great start offensively, even with a nice matchup against a shaky Lions secondary in Week 1.
Matt Schaub is supposedly dealing with a sore elbow, which may open the door for the Raiders to start Carr who looked good in the final preseason game last night.
This will open up opportunities for Jarius Wright early in the season.
RB Jeremy Hill was so good Thursday night the Bengals must have thunder and lightning dancing through their heads with Opening Day in Baltimore now nine days away. While running back Giovani Bernard cooled his scatback Jets along with the other 21 starters, Hill banged and battered his way to 90 yards on 20 carries and then added 70 more on six catches.
This is what the Bengals had in mind when they took Hill in the second round out of LSU back in May. A punch it out, 233-pound 4.0 yards per guy. Hill is more than that, but in his first 41 carries as a Bengal, the number is 4.6.
Hill will fill the BenJarvus Green-Ellis role in the offense. The Law Firm finished as the #31 RB in standard formats and #39 in PPR. Hill is currently the #42 RB off the board in the 9th round, so he has upside from there. Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson predicted around 200 carries for both Bernard and Hill, and although we believe Bernard will see a larger share, even approaching that many touches will make Hill a nice middle round pickup.
After playing 15 snaps last week against Detroit in his debut, Shorts was in the game until the midway point of the second quarter against the Falcons.
After the game, Shorts stated that he was ready for the season.
“Everything’s a go,” Shorts said. “I’m 100 percent.”
Shorts gutted through a sports hernia on his way to a 66-777-3 season. The 55-979-7 line he posted in 2012 (his second season) is a better indication of what he’s capable of. The addition of Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns should actually help Shorts avoid double coverage. This offense has some upside if the team finally decides to start Blake Bortles.
Wide receiver Martavis Bryant might be looking at the equivalent of a redshirt in his first NFL season.
Bryant left the Steelers’ final preseason game early Thursday night with an A/C sprain in his shoulder, and the injury is expected to sideline the fourth-round pick for an extended period.
Depending on the severity of the injury, which is a separated shoulder, the Steelers could place Bryant on the short-term injured reserve list after he makes the 53-man roster.
Bryant was battling for snaps behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.
Wright is a good fit for the team's 'move' tight end and could make a splash if he picks up things quickly. Last night's performance (just a few days after being traded) is a good start.
Despite some rust, Patriots WR Aaron Dobson moved well and did not seem cautious about pushing off of the injured foot. He was targeted nine times, and came up with three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Some of the missed connections were poor throws by Jimmy Garoppolo, others were bad routes by Dobson.
The important thing is that Dobson got on the field in a live game situation, and got off the field healthy. As long as that continues to happen, he should keep improving.
As a rookie, Dobson caught a respectable 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but he flashed some big play ability in his 5-130-2 outing against the Steelers in early November. His FP/T (1.05) was average, but if he can beat out Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins for a starting job, he should produce with Tom Brady throwing the ball. He only played 63% of the snaps as a rookie. The foot injury has held him back this offseason, but now that he's healthy and playing, he looks ready to make a push.
Quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t bought into the doom and gloom about the offense at any point this summer and his reaction wasn’t any different after Thursday’s 1-for-4, zero yard outing. Manning found silver linings wherever he could find them, including the old standby about the week of practice offering no hint of the struggles that were to come.
“Well, I thought we had a good week of practice,” Manning said, via NJ.com. “We didn’t get much going [Thursday night], but we’re getting ready for Detroit, that first game. We got the starters out healthy so that’s always the most important thing. We have to get ready for Detroit on Monday night. It should be fun.”
The Giants should be able to get things going in the passing game against a perennially shaky Lions secondary, but the unit's preseason play has not been inspiring.
Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:51am
Broyles finished the preseason with a team-best 11 catches for 144 yards, seemingly doing more than enough to make the team. But his reps are a bit curious. He never repped much with the ones, and even against Buffalo, he was out there playing with the third-stringers late in the fourth quarter.
We have Broyles penciled in as the team's WR3, but as the article states, he hasn't played much with the starters.
Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:49am
Cody Parkey, acquired last week in a trade with Indianapolis, boomed a 54-yard field goal attempt late in the first half. In the third quarter, the Eagles wanted to see if that first kick was a fluke, so they sent him out for a 53-yard attempt. Once again, Parkey was successful.
At Auburn, Parkey's career long for a field goal was 52 yards and he surpassed that twice on Thursday. It may have not been a regular season game, but a job was on the line as Parkey and Alex Henery are vying for the kicker job.
Owners drafting this weekend should avoid Henery. It looks like his job is in serious jeopardy.
The pressure is on Matt Schaub to produce quickly. He hasn't looked good in the preseason and may be replaced early in the season if he can't get it together.
Even though Wes Welker ran some routes before game, there are still multiple evaluations to clear in concussion protocol to play Sept. 7.
The fact that he was able to even warm up before the team's preseason game is a good sign for his availability for Week 1. We're still not recommending that owners run out and draft him in the middle rounds.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:56pm
Bears WR Santonio Holmes proved he still has some juice left when he broke a tackle to score a 32-yard touchdown, followed by a 30-yard punt return. Granted, Holmes accomplished this against Cleveland backups, but he made the most of the opportunities presented to him. Holmes has too much experience to let walk away.
Bills rookie Sammy Watkins didn't play against the Buccaneers last week after suffering a rib injury against the Steelers on Aug. 16. Watkins finally returned to action on Thursday, but he only lasted a total of nine plays before re-injuring his ribs.
The fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft was taken to the locker room in the first quarter after taking a hit from Detroit linebacker Ashlee Palmer. It looked like Watkins was going to stay in the game after taking the hit from Palmer, but after the officiating crew stopped the game to fix the clock, Watkins decided to head to the sideline.
The Bills confirmed that Watkins suffered a rib injury and the team also announced that he'd be spending the rest of the game on the bench.
Watkins' injury is troubling from the standpoint that the Bills pass offense hasn't looked very good and now he's going to miss more practice time leading up to Week 1. He has to be considered questionable at this point. Stay tuned.
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