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Takeaways from the Hall of Fame game


It’s here! After a looong wait we finally have some football.

OK, it’s the Hall of Fame game… but there were still some points of interest.

Rookie RB Andre Williams impresses

The Giants went into this game after losing David Wilson indefinitely to his ongoing neck injury, so it was important to see what the New York backfield could do to step up.  As the game started, all eyes were on Rashard Jennings who began with the first team and managed a total of 7 carries for 23 yards.  But it was rookie RB Andre Williams that stood out in that backfield, in the same way that Lance Dunbar stood out to us last year in the Cowboys preseason.

Matching Jennings with 7 carries, the fourth-round draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a three-yard.

Williams’ performance was encouraging for the Giants and getting additional playing time as the No. 2 back behind newly acquired starter Jennings provided a 1-2 punch to the Giants’ new-look running game, not to mention the two took the pressure off quarterback Eli Manning.

It is important to remember that Williams led the nation with 2,177 yards rushing last season, the fifth highest total in NCAA history.

Mixed reviews for the Bills signal callers

Starting quarterback EJ Manuel had several lapses during two series, only completing 2 of 7 attempts for 19 yards, and nearly had a pass intercepted.

Meanwhile, back up Jeff Tuel stepped up and lead the Bills on an 80 yard scoring drive, completed with a 4th-and-goal at the two-yard line to Robert Woods for a touchdown to put Buffalo ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter.  Tuel finished on 12-out-of-17 for 74 yards with an interception and the only Bills touchdown of the game.

Thad Lewis also got in on the action, completing 10-out-of-16 passes for 87 yards, but there was also an interception.

Giants have a strong backup QB in Nassib

Coming out of college, this writer was pretty high on Ryan Nassib, and for the Giants to take the Syracuse product in the 4th round really was a steal, and in this game he proved it.  Completing 7 of only 12 passes, he still managed to put together a 139 yard game, including a 73 yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington in the 4th quarter which gave the Giants the lead and the victory.

With this strong showing from Ryan Nassib, is it too early to ask the question? Could Nassib be moved further up the depth chart should they need to?

Other points

  • Newly-acquired Zack Bowman gave a good performance for the Giants.  Despite a pass-interference, he followed that play up with a pass deflection batted straight into the arms of teammate Cooper Taylor for a turnover in the end zone  not to mention his own end zone interception from a Thad Lewis scoring attempt.
  • Aaron Williams can hit big.  When Giants RB Andre Williams came powering up on a run, he went into the Bills Safety with all of his  234 lbs… and ended up hitting the turf.  The Bills were worried after losing Jarius Byrd in the off season… look for more big hits from Williams this season.
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