It's no mystery that injuries have prevented the Giants from being a force in the NFC the past three seasons. No NFL team has incurred more over that period. So, last night, when four defensive backs were forced to leave the game, a pall fell over Giants' fans all over the world: "Here we go again!"
"We had a couple of injuries tonight, as you know," Tom Coughlin said. "[Landon] Collins banged his knee, and he was out of there right away. [Mykkele] Thompson injured his Achilles, we’ll know something about that later. [Trumaine] McBride with a hamstring, he had been nursing his hamstring a little bit, and obviously had problems. [Jayron] Hosley examined for head and neck. So we did have some injuries today to report to you tonight."
The most serious of the injuries was to the rookie safety Thompson who went down like he was shot with a possible Achilles tear. Coughlin said the injury was a "big concern."
He did not know the status of the other three. Collins was seen walking normally in the locker room after the game. Hosley was wearing a neck brace and apparently went through the concussion protocal. McBride, who was penciled in as the team's slot corner, and will likely be sidelined indefinitely with a hamstring.
The team will have the four examined further upon arrival back to New York.
Some other notes....
Rookie RB Akeem Hunt ripped off a 70-yard kickoff return early in the game, the only real highlight of the night for the Giants.
"He did help. Obviously the kickoff return, a couple of nice runs," said Coughlin. "That’s what I was looking for, was the kickoff return. I was glad to see it. I’d have to look and see why it didn’t go all the way, it looked like it was going to go for a second."
Coughlin was asked if it is easier to be patient with the defense because it's a new system:
"Patient? I don’t see any patience anywhere. It’ll be the second game of preseason, and it’s time to do some things, put some things together. The plan tonight was to play everybody, which I think we did. We rolled people in and out, just pretty much the way we expected to. The group that had the middle quarters had a lot of snaps. You’re talking about guys that were in the high 20’s and some in the low 30’s for snaps. That was a lot of snaps for the first preseason game, but that’s the way it was planned. The [Ryan] Nassib group was to get the majority of the snaps, and they did."
Every player who dressed for the game played. The Giants did not commit a turnover but were called for seven penalties. The defense played well on third downs and in the red zone. The Bengals went only 3/12 on thirds and 2/5 in the red zone.
DE Kerry Wynn and DB Bennett Jackson, two players the Giants hope can emerge this season, each logged in six total tackles. UDFA safety Justin Currie had five tackles.
On offense, TE Jerome Cunningham made a nice catch over the middle on a pass from Ryan Nassib for a 28-yard gain. RB Orleans Darkwa led the Giants in rushing with an impressive showing (nine rushes, 52 yards and a TD).