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This was a pretty dull game…featuring 3rd-string QBs and mostly guys who would be cut soon after.
The one opening/non-player note that I did have, a refreshing note…
I heard/saw that Pat Shurmur demands all his players be in uniform for preseason games. You ever watch preseason games and see the starters in sweats and hoodies and jeans and…looking like they just rolled out of bed, because they are ‘not playing’ (because they are so special they are told ahead they are not playing)? I always thought that was a terrible slap in the face to the other guys working just as hard as the starters. I don’t know if any other team does it, but kudos to Shurmur for pointing it out and making sure it doesn’t happen with NYG.
I really like everything about Pat Shurmur so far, but I don’t think he has the horses in 2018 on the roster 1-53…maybe in 2019…maybe 2018, we’ll see. The 2018 schedule is brutal early.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- I have to point out the best-looking player in this game, by far – Patriots UDFA CB J.C. Jackson (2 tackles, 4 PDs, 2 INTs). He was a man among boys. Totally in control in coverage. Looked a lot bigger than I last remember watching him in college pre-draft.
Obviously, he did well this summer overall – he forced his way onto the main roster for opening day and sent 2nd-round CB from a few years ago Cyrus Jones packing.
-- Giants draft pick rookie QB Kyle Lauletta (8-19 for 118 yards, 1 TD/2 INT) is a decent QB, like a future nice backup guy. Keeping him rostered is fine, I guess…but cutting Davis Webb to do so, after Webb started putting it together this preseason and was clearly better than Lauletta – I don’t get it.
The Giants play a murder’s row of defensive pressure teams out of the gates. If Eli goes down, Kyle Lauletta is the plan? He was throwing errant, ill-advised passes all over a Week 4 preseason game. This is why I cannot push the Giants as a serious contender. The ‘all in’ on Eli is going to burn them potentially.
We all hate/make fun of ex-head coach Ben McAdoo – it doesn’t mean he wasn’t right to try to end the Eli madness.
-- Pats 7th-round pick QB Danny Etling (18-32, 1 TD/2 INTs) looked as awful as he did when I scouted him coming out of LSU. He’ll never make it in the NFL. He was released and added to the practice squad for some reason.
-- I’m a Giants 2017 UDFA WR Travis Rudolph (3-30-0/3) fan. He should have made this team…or, at least, the practice squad. He has yet to sign anywhere. Man, if I ran an NFL team…
Rudolph could be developed into a legit starter. Kendrick Bourne/SF is getting the treatment Rudolph should get too.
-- Giants rookie LB Lorenzo Carter (1 tackle, 1 sack) shows me flashes of athleticism, but I never see any ‘wow’ factor with him play after play. I see some size and a little acceleration time to time, but he looks more unsure then impactful right now. He was inconsistent at Georgia as well.
Personnel odds and ends from these two teams…
-- The Giants claimed ILB Ukeme Eligwe from KC’s cuts. Eligwe looked terrible this preseason after a promising 2017 rookie preseason. He might be secretly dinged up…and the Giants get a steal when he’s healed?? Maybe???
-- Giants rookie DT B.J. Hill is listed as a starter for Week 1.
-- The Pats picked up Wes Welker-alike Jace Billingsly from the Lions’ discard pile. Added to the P-Squad.
-- The Pats stowed rookies Braxton Berrios and Christian Sam on the I.R. for 2018.
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