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Alonzo Russell’s hustle saves TD, helps his bid for spot on 53-man rosterby Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm
Alonzo Russell (84) runs down Clifton Duck of the Chicago Bears on Friday night. | Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images Coach Pat Shurmur acknowledges Russell’s effort Alonzo Russell had just made a tremendous, touchdown-saving hustle play. And he was angry. “I was actually trying to get the ball out,” Russell said of his come-from-behind tackle of Chicago Bears’ defensive back I wanted to get the ball to get the two-for-one special, make the tackle and get the ball out. But I kind of timed it wrong. I was coached up by Jackrabbit (Janoris Jenkins) and (Alec) Ogletree. Next time, hopefully I’m not in the position, but I’ll know how to handle it better.” Russell, from the back of the end zone, closed about 15 yards of space on Duck in a 75-80-yard sprint after the defensive back had intercepted Giants’ quarterback Alex Tanney near the Chicago goal line. DUCK DIVE @TheyLove_Duck : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile: https://t.co/5P8hHjZKws pic.twitter.com/mSwtqYWIut— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019 The good news about that play was how hard (Russell) … Zo Russell did a good job of getting the guy down and keeping him from scoring,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “I saw him make a great catch,” said Russell, who was on the Giants’ practice squad last season until being activated for the final game. “I saw him get up and take two steps, and … I saw two offensive linemen and then I saw two blockers turn around and try to block for him, and I’m just like, ‘Oh no, we can’t let him take this all the way.’ That would have been 99 yards or something like that.” Russell ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. He didn’t seem to have any doubts he could run Duck down. “I ran track, so I wasn’t worried about that,” he said. “I have long (strides). As long as I get two or three steps, I can get going.” Russell also forced a fumble in punt coverage on Friday night. A wide receiver, Russell wasn’t one of the 14 Giants who caught passes on Friday night. That kind of hustle, and those kinds of plays, are, however, ones that could help him find a spot on the 53-man roster.
Giants-Bears “Kudos & Wet Willies” review — praise for Eli Manning, Daniel Jonesby Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports It’s not a game without a “Kudos & Wet Willies,” right? The New York Giants won their second straight preseason game on Friday, defeating the faux Chicago Bears, 32-12. ‘Faux’ because Chicago didn’t play a single starter. Still, “Kudos” to the Giants as a whole for doing what they should have done under the circumstances. “I don’t really care who they play. (Bears head coach) Matt (Nagy), that’s his team, and I would never tell another man how to coach his team. He knows what he wants to do, and he knows what his team needs,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. “He has a much more veteran team that whatever he’s doing with them, works for him. We have enough young guys out there where they need to play. I think when you play like we did and you don’t have injuries, that’s a good thing.” Let’s review the game in our traditional style, handing out some “Kudos & Wet Willies.” Kudos to ... Eli Manning — The 16-year veteran rocketed a 20-yard completion to Cody Latimer on his first play, kicking off a 10-play, 79-yard scoring drive. The drive ended with Manning finding Bennie Fowler for an 8-yard touchdown. That’s exactly what Manning and the Giants’ starting offense were supposed to do to Chicago’s backup defense, and it was a welcome sight. Daniel Jones — If this were a regular-season game I might have to give Danny Dimes (sorry, couldn’t resist) a “Kwillie.” His two fumbles weren’t good. I was bothered a bit by the second one because it looked like he had time to throw or space to run, and didn’t really feel the defender bearing down on him. I like the touchdown-preventing tackle, though, and how Jones played during his final two drives, which netted 10 points. He finished 11-of-14 for 161 yards and a touchdown on this pretty throw: DANNY DIMES pic.twitter.com/Ixez6VfgUA— New York Giants (@Giants) August 17, 2019 Alonzo Russell — This is called hustle. DUCK DIVE @TheyLove_Duck : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile: https://t.co/5P8hHjZKws pic.twitter.com/mSwtqYWIut— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019 Fourteen Giants had catches Friday and Russell wasn’t one of them, but hustle like this will get you noticed by coaches. Russell also forced a fumble while covering a punt. Pass rush — First-half sacks from Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines and Olsen Pierre were welcome signs. The Giants will need production from all three of those players during the regular season. Run blocking — Yes, run blocking. Almost unbelievable to give “Kudos” to the Giants for run blocking. Rod Smith (10 carries, 42 yards), Paul Perkins (6-35) and Jon Hilliman (16-56, 1 touchdown) all had nice nights. Credit to them, but also to the fact that there were places to run. Look at what C.J. Conrad (47), Chad Slade (62) and Malcolm Bunche (66) do to the Bears on this play: This is what we want to see!!!! pic.twitter.com/XAPQnFfZco— New York Giants (@Giants) August 17, 2019 Giants’ wide receivers — Cody Latimer had two catches for 60 yards, Bennie Fowler had two grabs for 25 yards and a score and T.J. Jones had three catches for 32 yards and a TD. Da’Mari Scott had a tremendous 38-yard catch and Brittan Golden had a 27-yard reception and averaged 17.5 yards on a pair of punt returns. Good work from the whole group. Wet Willies to ... Matt Nagy — The Bears coach didn’t dress a single starter, telling you what the game meant to him. He did, however, slow the proceedings down by throwing a pair of challenge flags. Dexter Lawrence — I’m hating myself as I type this, but somebody has to get a “Wet Willie.” The 17th overall pick played 14 snaps this week and didn’t get his name on the stat sheet for the second straight week. Lawrence pushed the pocket a bit and held his own against the run, he just didn’t make any plays. Nathan Stupar’s hands — Again, maybe this is harsh but I have to hand out a couple of ‘Willies.’ Stupar had what could have been a Pick 6 go right through his hands.
Daniel Jones wasn’t perfect on Friday, and that’s OKby Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 4:46 am
Daniel Jones (8) | Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The rookie quarterback still did a lot of good things and had a promising night EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Daniel Jones is no longer perfect. But, the kid is alright. The New York Giants’ rookie quarterback couldn’t live up to the perfection of his 5-for-5 touchdown drive in last week’s preseason opener on Friday against the Chicago Bears. He was impressive nonetheless. Jones dealt with a modicum of adversity, something I had said on Friday would be a good thing to see, for the first time as a pro, and handled it just fine. After going 3-for-3, including a beautiful deep ball to Cody Latimer and driving the ball to the Bears’ 19-yard line on his first series of the game, Jones botched a snap from center, a turnover that cost the Giants a scoring opportunity. His next drive? A three-and-out. Following that, Jones fumbled when sacked by Jason Vaughters, turning the ball over at the Giants’ 12-yard line. When he drafted Jones, GM Dave Gettleman said one of the reasons was because the Giants had seen him handle adversity well while at Duke. Friday night, Jones reacted well to the adversity he faced. “He didn’t panic,” said coach Pat Shurmur. “Dropped the ball a couple times, he didn’t call his parents. “He just went back to work and did a good job at getting us in the end zone.” Yes, he did. After his turnovers, Jones led the Giants on a seven-play, 34-yard drive that resulted in a 47-yard Aldrick Rosas field goal, then a five-play, 65-yard drive that culminated with a beautiful 15-yard touchdown throw to T.J. Jones. He finished the night 11-of-14 for 161 yards, a passer rating of 138.4. Jones said he was “very upset” after committing the turnovers, adding that “those are two mistakes you can’t make.” “I think that’s a big part of football for everyone, particularly quarterbacks. I think there are going to be things that don’t go great, and obviously you never want that, you try to guard against them,” he said. “They’re definitely things I need to learn from, but when they happen you’ve got to find a way to make it work. So, I’m glad we were able to do that. We got big plays there on the two-minute drive by a lot of people, so it was fun to put that together.” There may be a quarterback controversy in the minds of some fans, and some media members. Shurmur reiterated Friday night that there remains no controversy among Giants’ decision-makers. Here is how the coach addressed remarks during the week by co-owner John Mara that he would be happy if Jones didn’t play at all this season by saying this: “John owns the team, right? We’re on the same page.” Shurmur added this: “I think I’ve been saying that along. Just get a sense once in a while that when I answer those questions nobody believes me. But you heard it from the owner.” Jones’ time will come. Shurmur believes when it does the young man will do just fine. “When it’s his time to play he will be ready,” Shurmur said. “I’m pleased with the progress he’s made.” We are a long, long way from being able to say Gettleman and the Giants, robustly criticized for selecting Jones 6th overall, were right to make that move. Friday night, though, counts as another small indication that they might have been.
Giants’ Eli Manning perfect in limited action vs. Chicago Bearsby Joseph Czikk on August 17, 2019 at 4:20 am
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Veteran QB looks good in preseason action Eli Manning threw four completions on four attempts including an 8-yard touchdown strike Friday night against the Chicago Bears. Manning’s scoring pass went to Bennie Fowler. The other three passes on the drive went to Cody Latimer (20 yards), Rhett Ellison (9 yards) and Golden Tate (5 yards). Eli Manning starts a perfect 4-for-4 on the @Giants opening TD drive! : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile: https://t.co/5P8hHjZKws pic.twitter.com/wuWM26Lck2— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019 Eli Manning threw a dart on this 20-yard pass : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile: https://t.co/5P8hHjZKws pic.twitter.com/ogwQBQiMHA— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019 “The offensive line did a great job allowing me to get through my progression and get to my second guy,” Manning said of the game-opening play. “It was a good way to start the game with an explosive play. We did a good job. We ran the ball well ... We finally had a third down in the red zone. They came out with an all-out blitz, and we hit Cody (Latimer) with a little underneath route. The drive finished with the touchdown throw over the middle to Fowler. “It was a good way to finish that drive,” Manning said. Manning was asked whether his distribution to three different receivers on the scoring drive was a sign of things to come throughout the regular season. “Yeah, I think so. We have a lot of guys who have been working hard, who were here last year and have played well for us,” Manning said. “When we get Saquon (Barkley) in there, we’ll have him. We have a lot of guys that we have great confidence in that can get open. We’ll spread it around and just throw it to the open guy.” Coach Pat Shurmur said Manning changed at least one play during the drive. “He really played quarterback well during that drive,” Shurmur said. “He got us in the end zone.” Daniel Jones took over on the second Giants drive. He was nearly as impressive as his first game action against the Jets last week, this time going 11-for-14 for 161 yards and a 15-yard passing touchdown to former Detroit Lions receiver TJ Jones. Jones did, however, fumble twice. Daniel Jones TD to T.J. Jones!!!!! we're Jonesing! pic.twitter.com/gj8aWHAUrz— Talkin’ Giants (@TalkinGiants) August 17, 2019
14 things we learned from Giants-Bearsby Ed Valentine on August 17, 2019 at 4:00 am
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Let’s get educated EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — What did we learn from the New York Giants’ 32-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Friday night? A few things, some of them perhaps even useful. Let’s take a look. — Eli Manning wasn’t messing around. Playing against Chicago’s second-team defense, this was his first throw. Eli Manning threw a dart on this 20-yard pass : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile: https://t.co/5P8hHjZKws pic.twitter.com/ogwQBQiMHA— NFL (@NFL) August 16, 2019 That’s a dart. Manning finished 4-of-4 for 42 yards and completed a 10-play, 79-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler. Good to see from Manning. It’s wishful thinking, though, to believe it will keep the wolves away from Manning’s door for a while. — Bears coach Matt Nagy really doesn’t care about preseason games. No Chicago starter played a single snap on Friday night. Nagy, though, likes to torture football fans. In addition to fielding the Backup Bears, Nagy threw two challenge flags just to make everyone sit around a bit longer. — Daniel Jones definitely can’t throw the deep ball. Check this out. Said this in Mobile:Jones had the best looking deep ball in the class, especially rhythm fades . Great placement and watch Latimer attack the catch point over the defender. #GiantsPride #CHIvsNYG pic.twitter.com/4IDJbHiO0s— Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21) August 17, 2019 — Jones, though, isn’t perfect. Daniel Jones gets stripped (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/BP81d1H1qC— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) August 17, 2019 — Jones can tackle. The rookie quarterback was credited with tackles on both of his fumbles, the second of which likely saved a Chicago touchdown. — Jones has a new nickname. @DannyDimes was trending on Twitter during the game, and is still trending. The giants’ PR Department has itself to blame — or credit — for that one. DANNY DIMES pic.twitter.com/Ixez6VfgUA— New York Giants (@Giants) August 17, 2019 — The Giants can sack the quarterback. Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines and Olsen Pierre all had sacks in the first half. — T.J. Jones is a useful player. The former Detroit Lions wide receiver, signed after training camp began, can help the Giants while Golden Tate serves his four-game suspension. Jones had three catches for 32 yards Friday, including a 15-yard touchdown catch. He also had an 11-yard punt return. — Preseason football can be ugly. Well, we kinda knew this already, but Friday night reinforced it. There were eight fumbles in the game and a goal line interception thrown by Alex Tanney on a play Pat Shurmur said he drew up in the dirt. Or, whatever passes for dirt in the MetLife Stadium Field Turf. — Who needs that Saquon guy? The Giants ran the ball 35 times for 161 yards, 4.6 yards per carry. Undrafted free agent Jon Hilliman had 16 carries for 56 yards and a 10-yard touchdown. — Spreading the wealth. Manning said the Giants will “spread it around and just throw it to the open guy” in the passing game. Fourteen, yes 14, different players caught passes Friday night. Even in a preseason game, that’s a crazy number. — Chad Slade might make the roster. The former Houston Texans backup offensive lineman started camp at right guard. He moved to right tackle when injuries left that position short. He also played some left guard Friday night. A guy who can do that many things adequately is a valuable reserve. — This is how you get noticed. Check out Alonzo Russell. DUCK DIVE @TheyLove_Duck : #CHIvsNYG on @NFLNetworkWatch on mobile: https://t.co/5P8hHjZKws pic.twitter.com/mSwtqYWIut— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2019 — Saquon Barkley is a preseason cheerleader. Barkley hasn’t played in the Giants’ two preseason games. He almost certainly isn’t playing in the last two. And that’s just fine.