3 biggest individual performances from the Giants preseason opener
For the Giants, all eyes were on the Giants’ sixth-overall pick in Daniel Jones in his NFL debut. Fans in New York weren’t too pleased with the selection of Jones during this year’s draft.
Nonetheless, Jones impressed in his debut by going completing all five of his attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown on his first drive against the Jets. His day would be done after the game was suspended for lightning and thunder near the stadium.
It may be the preseason, but Jones showed some upside as a quarterback in his first time suiting up for the Giants. Could his performance create some controversy at the quarterback position?
All of the reports coming from the Giants camp believes there is nothing that he can do to unseat Eli Manning as the starter. We’ll see how the situation unfolds as we near the regular season.
Besides Jones, other performances stood out for the Giants in their first preseason game of 2019. Here are the three biggest individual performances from the Giants preseason opener.
3. T.J. Jones (6 Receptions, 72 Yards, 1 Touchdown)
The Giants have some question marks pertaining to their wide receiving corps right now. Sterling Shepard has a broken thumb, and newly acquired Golden Tate is facing a possible suspension to begin the season.
Above all, New York traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in a blockbuster move. With his absence, Shepard is expected to transition into being the go-to receiver in the offense. But with his injury and the other shortcomings at the position, guys like T.J. Jones could cement a role in the offense.
In his Giants debut, Jones caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. The former Detroit Lions wideout is hoping to carve himself a spot with the opportunity he’s been given.
Jones will need to continue impressing as there are other veterans on the roster who will get a shot at earning targets in the Giants passing attack.
2. Kyle Lauletta (9-12, 116 Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Contrary to popular belief, Daniel Jones wasn’t the only quarterback to suit up for the Giants on Thursday night. The other two quarterbacks who received extensive play against the Jets had solid outings as well.
The last quarterback to take snaps for the Giants was second-year quarterback Kyle Lauletta. Lauletta completed nine of his 12 passing attempts for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Last year, Lauletta only suited up twice for the Giants during the regular season. However, Lauletta attempted five passes but failed to complete any of them to his team (had an interception).
Lauletta is currently trying to fight for a roster spot behind Manning, Jones, and Alex Tanney. The Richmond product could use repeat performances like Thursday’s to help his case to make the roster.
1. Alex Tanney (14-19, 190 Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Altogether, the Giants had impressive play from all of their quarterbacks (aside from Manning). Among them all, Alex Tanney had a surprising performance from under center.
It’s easy to say that Jones had the best performance as the rookie, but he only played one series under center. Tanney was given a few possessions as the quarterback, and he didn’t disappoint.
The Giants veteran quarterback completed 14 of his 19 attempts for 190 yards and a score. Tanney is competing for the third quarterback spot as Pat Shurmur is expected to keep three guys on the roster.
A few more weeks of performances like this and Tanney may force the Giants to release Lauletta in his second season with the franchise.