Giants defeat Bengals, 25-22: 6 takeaways

Giants defeat Bengals, 25-22: 6 takeaways

The New York Giants bounced back late to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 25-22, in Week 2 of preseason Sunday night. Improved his showing record to 2-0.

Here are six notable takeaways from Big Blue’s latest win.

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Injury problems persist

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The Giants have seen as many as 26 players miss practice due to injury or illness in the past week. They went into Sunday’s game against the Bengals 18 short and weren’t able to make more than a quarter without increasing that count.

Rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers (knee), kicker Graham Gano (concussion) and wide receiver CJ Board (ribs) left the game injured.

Thibodeaux insists he is fine and has received “good news” based on early testing, but he will have more on Monday.

Does anyone out there have answers to this persistent injury problem? The Giants led the NFL in lost games a season ago and have led the league in injuries since 2009. Some blame the MetLife Stadium lawn, but the Jets don’t seem to have those same problems — at least not on this level.

Offensive functionality

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The Giants have a long way to go on offense. Coaches will say it, players will say it and your eyes will say the same.

However… Compared to the previous two seasons, the current unit (and its depth) is leaps and bounds better than what we’ve seen. Gone are the days of the vanilla JV where back-to-back quarterbacks are run to make room for the bettor.

An additional reason for optimism? The Giants still need to plan the game and aren’t using as much movement as we expect to see in the regular season.

All quarterbacks are functional

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Calling a quarterback “functional” is a low bar to define, but for the Giants, it’s a drastic improvement over the previous two seasons.

As we noted earlier, the offense seems light years ahead of where it was. This manifested itself in the form of quality play by Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb.

Taylor had a more forgettable game than the other two Sunday night, but in two preseason games, the Giants need to be confident and comfortable with what they’ve seen.

Jones is clearly the starter and Taylor is clearly the backup, but Webb looks like he made a smart decision returning to the field this season.

Julian Love really can do it all

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For years we’ve called security Julian Love the Swiss Army Knife. He can play both safety positions, various cornerback positions, linebacker, scorer, punt guard… You name it.

Love added to his resume on Sunday night when he replaced the injured Graham Gano and took over starting duties. And with just a few hints on the sideline, he did it perfectly.

What can’t he do?

Also credit to gambler Jamie Gillan, who took care of the kicks.

Wan’Dale Concerns?

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In two preseason games, rookie wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson has three receptions for -3 yards and a near fumble. The team has been unable to work him into offensive things and his solid training ground hasn’t translated into the field.

There were concerns about Robinson’s size ahead of the 2022 NFL draft, and then many felt the Giants over-signed him. Should the alarm bells be ringing?

It’s still too early to paint Robinson with any kind of wide brush, but uncomfortable feelings are brewing.

Don’t sleep on Jashaun Corbin

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Running back Jashaun Corbin had 13 touches for 42 yards and a touchdown, as well as a kick return for 20 yards against the Bengals. A week earlier, he had 11 touches for 51 yards, plus three kickoff returns for an additional 74 yards.

He is proving to be a complete and reliable player on the ground, in the air and on special teams. In other words, “smart, tough and reliable”.

There are only so many roster spots available, but don’t be surprised if he beats Gary Brightwell and Antonio Williams, who also played well, for a spot in the 53-man roster.

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Story originally appeared on Giants Wire

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