If I had to pick one thing that stood out in the New York Giants’ first preseason game it would have to be the play of cornerback Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was picked on early and often during the Jacksonville Jaguars first drive.
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert connected with receiver Mike Thomas for twenty-nine yards that put the Jaguars on the Giants 12-yardline. Amukamara was caught out of position after he stopped in mid-route to look back at the quarterback and Thomas was able to get the separation he needed. Three plays later, Amukamara was beaten in the end zone by Cecil Shorts who caught a fade away pass in the corner of the end zone. Earlier in the drive, Rashard Jennings was able to drive through Amukamara on a 4-yard gain to the left side.
The very next series, however, Amukamara came right back and stripped the football from Rashard Jennings which was recovered by Justin Tuck. The Giants then drove twenty yards and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. Slate cleared for Amukamara.
D.J. Ware had a very nice first quarter, getting the touchdown after spinning away from a closed lane and finding the opening he needed. He only had 14 yards on 4 carries in the first quarter but one was a 9-yard run that set up his 2-yard TD run. He later had a 16-yard run, shimmying and shedding defenders up the middle.
For the most part, the Giants starters played well. The Giants second team defense took over in the second quarter and continued to play well. Adrian Tracy got his first career sack and forced a fumble which would lead to David Carr and Ware leading the Giants down the field culminating in a nice touchdown grab by free agent signee Martellus Bennett on a play action pass.
David Wilson, the New York Giants first-round pick, also had kickoff returns of 28 and 48 yards. The 28-yard return was received eight yards deep in his own end zone and he brought it out to the twenty. On his 48-yard return, Wilson blew by a few tacklers and found a seam to the right side of the hash marks. Wilson’s speed makes him a unique option as a kick returner and it looks like he might be an excellent option for the Giants as a return man.
Not bad for a first half.