EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants’ 25-22 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night was secondary to concerns caused by the knee injury sustained by Kayvon Thibodeaux, the team’s No. 5 in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Did Thibodeaux avoid a serious injury?
He may overshadow everything else about Sunday’s game, but number 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux left Sunday’s game in the second quarter with a right knee injury. Thibodeaux walked off the field, but was ruled out. Early reports were that Thibodeaux may have escaped serious injury. [FULL STORY]
The Giants also lost placekicker Graham Gano (concussion), CJ Board (rib) and inside linebacker Darrian Beavers (knee).
Daniel Jones started as a quarterback, which was perhaps surprising after coach Brian Daboll seemed a little hesitant on Friday about playing the QB with a broken offensive line.
Jones had an impressive evening. He went 14 of 16 for 116 yards with one interception, a ball that bounced off the hands of rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger and should have been caught.
In Jones’ final drive, he led the Giants on an 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive, completing 8 of 9 passes for 78 yards. Undrafted free agent rookie Jashaun Corbin covered the last 6 yards with a couple of runs, including a 2-yard touchdown run.
Antonio Williams, who started, and Corbin split the first team reps when Saquon Barkley got the night off.
The first team’s front line was Andrew Thomas (LT), Devery Hamilton (LG), Max Garcia (C), Mark Glowinski (RG), Evan Neal (RT).
Kenny Golladay, Wan’Dale Robinson, Collin Johnson and David Sills split the reps from the first team wide receivers. Sills had three catches for 46 yards on the touchdown drive.
The starting defense allowed only 3 runs on a nine-play, 17-yard drive after the Giants failed on a fourth-down conversion attempt.
Notably for the Giants, inside linebacker Blake Martinez, who hasn’t had a heavy workload this summer while working his way back from a torn ACL, played a handful of snaps early on.
Leonard Williams did not play. Nick Williams and Jalyn Holmes got start reps when the Giants were in a three man front.
Davis Webb, Alex Bachman are unstoppable
The No. 3 quarterback and backup wide receiver who has been largely an exhibition squad for the past two seasons played in the second half.
A scoring pass from Webb to Bachman at 22 yards tied the game at 16-16 with 8:57 to play. Webb walked in for a two-point conversion and an 18-16 lead.
Bachman finished with 11 catches in 14 goals for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the 15-yard game winner with :35 left.
Webb, who played the entire second half, went 22-of-27 for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
- Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor went 7 of 11 for 37 yards. His longest completion was 8 yards.
Wide receiver numbers: David Sills had five catches in seven goals for 56 yards, working mostly with Jones. Collin Johnson had three catches for 41 yards.
To run: With Barkley not playing and Gary Brightwell and Matt Breida injured, Antonio Williams and Jashaun Corbin split most of the load. Williams had five carries for 26 yards rushing and seven catches in seven goals for 46 yards. Corbin had nine carries for 27 yards, four catches in four goals for 15 yards and a kickoff return for 20 yards.
- The injury-ridden Giants fielded a makeshift offensive line in the second half. The alignment was as follows:
Roy Mbaeteka (LT), Josh Rivas (LG), Will Holden (C), Chris Owens (RG), Eric Smith (RT).
Mbaeteka played the second football game of his life. Rivas was cut last Sunday and re-signed on Friday. Holden is a tackle by profession who played some guard in the first half and then played central in the second half on Sunday. He did not work in the center at all during the training camp. Owens is a rookie who was signed on Friday. Smith was signed on August 8.
- With Graham Gano out with a concussion, punter Jamie Gillan took his responsibilities. Gillan hit three of the four kickoffs for touchbacks, netting a 31-yard field goal and a few extra runs with Julian Love. Gillan fulfilled those duties in addition to punting in college at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Giants will close their preseason next Sunday, August 28 with an away game against the New York Jets at 1 PM. Before that, the Giants will receive the Jets for a joint training session at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday, August 28. .