The final preseason game for the Giants wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch, a 12-9 field goal fest that featured some starters that needed work and showcased the back end of the roster. Several hopefuls made their case last night while others did not.
On offense, I expect WR Geremy Davis, TE Jerome Cunningham and RB Orleans Darkwa to be on the team's 53-man roster come Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Davis, a sixth-round draft pick last April, was inherently favored to make the cut. GM Jerry Reese and draft czar Marc Ross crowed about Davis after the draft and now we know why. This kid has great hands and a knack for the game. He has a physical element to him that also boosts his value as a special teamer.
When the Giants first signed Cunningham last year, I labeled him as too short to be an NFL tight end. I'm taking all of that back, now. Cunningham is what the Giants thought they had in Travis Beckum. He has a penchant for making big plays down the middle, and unlike CB Jayron Hosley, plays bigger than his profile. He is a physical specimen who will also help on special teams.
Darkwa showed flashes late last season and has expanded on that success this summer. Sure, he's buried on the depth chart, but knowing the Giants' history of injury at running back, Darkwa should make this club. That means they will have four RBs on the roster. So what?
I see the Giants keeping OL Bobby Hart, especially now that Canadian import Brett Jones may be lost with a knee injury. Hart was Jameis Winston's bodyguard at FSU and the Giants like the fact he can play both guard and tackle.
On defense, it was good to see that there is nothing wrong with safety Stevie Brown, who snared an interception late in the game. It was also good to see what a healthy Landon Collins looks like. Granted, he was playing against the Pats' third-stringers, but he is going to be a player on the Giants' defense for years to come. Cooper Taylor is beginning to show flashes as well. I like his intangibles.
The DEs had a good night. We haven't had a lot of exposure to veteran DE George Selvie due to a knee issue, but I like his ability to rush the passer. Whether or not the Giants want to increase his snap count during the season will determine his impact.
Damontre Moore could always rush the passer. It was the rest of his game, including the mental part, that the coaches have questioned. This could be the year Moore starts to put all the pieces together. But it is Kerry Wynn who continues to impress. He is playing with poise and intelligence.
With Jason Pierre-Paul's future still up in the air and Robert Ayers Jr. (Achilles) still questionable, the Giants may actually be alright at DE this season.
Others who stood out....Jameel McClain loos very comfortable at MLB in place of Jon Beason (knee). Mark Herzlich is playing more aggressively and will help on the outside. With talk of Jonathan Casillas (neck) uncertain for the season, that is a good sign.
DT Jay Bromley could be living up to his third-round grade and UDFAs Uani Unga and Cole Farrand are going to bring adequate depth at linebacker. The Giants cannot be thinking about cutting either. That would be a mistake in my eyes.
It was also good to see K Chris Boswell make all four of his FGAs and keep the Pats at bay on KOs.
For those asking about Nikita Whitlock, the jackknife FB/DB/LB the Giants have in camp this summer, I don't know where he fits. With Henry Hynoski pretty much cemented in at FB, Whitlock, although physical and talented, could be a roster casualty this weekend.