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3 biggest performances from the Giants third preseason game

The New York Giants defeated the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 25-23 on Thursday night to jump out to a 3-0 start in the preseason.

But, obviously, the record isn’t what everyone is paying attention to: it’s the individual performances that carry the most weight.

The Giants are not expected to be a great team heading into 2019 and probably won’t be competing for a playoff spot, but New York still has a lot of interesting young talent up and down its roster that could make Big Blue a fun club to watch.

So, here are the three biggest performances from the Giants’ third exhibition game.

3. Wayne Gallman, Running Back

Saquon Barkley is obviously the star of the show as far as the ground game is concerned in New York, but Wayne Gallman is also someone to keep an eye on as the No. 2 back.

Gallman rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on six carries on Thursday evening, also catching a pass for 10 yards.

The 24-year-old only carried the ball 51 times for 176 yards and a score in 2018, but in 2017, he was a bit more productive, totaling 476 yards on the ground while averaging 4.3 yards per carry and logging 34 receptions.

It doesn’t matter how great Barkley is: New York is going to need a No. 2 back just like every other team in the NFL, and it appears that Gallman is the favorite for that role, and his performance on Thursday helped further solidify his spot.

2. Oshane Ximines, Linebacker

The Giants drafted Oshane Ximines in the third round back in April, and the early returns have been good.

Ximines finished with five tackles and a couple of sacks against the Bengals, flashing the type of talent New York saw while scouting him at Old Dominion.

The 22-year-old is coming off of a brilliant senior campaign to conclude his collegiate career, as he racked up 31 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, an interception, and four forced fumbles.

For a Giants defense that is in desperate need of a pass rush, Ximines seems like a perfect fit and is one of many very intriguing young players on New York’s defensive unit.

Look for Ximines to potentially make an impact during his upcoming rookie season.

1. Daniel Jones, Quarterback

This one is obvious.

Daniel Jones has played three preseason games, and he has looked terrific in all three of them.

This time around, he completed nine of his 11 passes for 141 yards and showed terrific mettle after taking a vicious hit on one play and then stepping up in a collapsing pocket and completing a big pass to the 1-yard line on the very next throw.

Jones has completed 25 of his 30 passes thus far in the preseason, which is fantastic no matter how you spin it. Yes, he has playing against mostly second and third-string defenses, and yes, opposing teams are not opening up the toolbox defensively just yet, but the fact of the matter is that this kid is still completing passes at an incredible rate and has looked considerably better than Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins.

It’s still incredibly early, and we have yet to see Jones in a truly meaningful game, but it’s looking like the Giants may have found something here.