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5 Takeaways From New York Giants Preseason Week 3 Victory

5 Takeaways From New York Giants Preseason Week 3 Victory

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The New York Giants were able to keep their perfect record in the preseason intact Friday with a victory over the New York Jets. It did not start out well, but the Giants took some momentum into halftime with the first team offense finally showing some life, and continued it into the second half for the victory. Here are five takeaways from the Giants preseason Week 3 victory.

5. Ryan Nassib Takes Control of Backup QB Spot

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5. Ryan Nassib Takes Control of Backup QB Spot

Ryan Nassib Giants
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After being demoted to third string for last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, Nassib has performed outstandingly. After leading a game-winning drive against the Colts, Nassib led an offensive onslaught against the Jets that started against most of their first team defense to start the second half. He finished the game 8-12 for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Those performances should be enough to keep him ahead of Curtis Painter.

4. Offensive Line Troubles

New York Giants Offensive Line Struggles
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4. Offensive Line Troubles

New York Giants Offensive Line Struggles
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Manning was under immense pressure throughout the first half as the offensive line was essentially five turnstiles. Will Beatty and Brandon Mosley struggled mightily once again and are not performing. Things won’t get easier with Geoff Schwartz dislocating his toe, something head coach Tom Coughlin said would keep him out a long while. Without Schwartz, rookie Weston Richburg could be thrown into the starting lineup at guard.

3. Damontre Moore Continues To Produce

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3. Damontre Moore Continues To Produce

Damontre Moore Giants
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Moore stuffed the stat sheet against the Jets, recording two sacks, one tackle for loss and recovered a fumble. Moore continues to dominate on the Giants second team defense, but some of his damage Friday came against the Jets first team offense. Moore now has four sacks in the preseason, more than the Giants starting defensive line combined in the four games. He has earned some time with the first team, even with two veterans expected to start.

2. Unheralded Wide Receivers Step Up Again

Preston Parker and Corey Washington
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2. Unheralded Wide Receivers Step Up Again

Preston Parker and Corey Washington
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The Giants continue to get production from their reserve WRs in more ways than one. Preston Parker continued to work as the punt returner with other options sidelined. He added a 39-yard touchdown as well. Corey Washington caught a touchdown for the fourth consecutive preseason game. Marcus Harris got significant time with the first team offense, but injured his shoulder, which may open up a roster spot for one of the two aforementioned WR.

1. First Team Finally Does Something

Eli Manning vs New York Jets
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1. First Team Finally Does Something

Eli Manning vs New York Jets
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The first half was more of the same for the Giants first team offense, as they struggled to get anything done. Then, the two-minute warning came and the Giants got into a rhythm and finally looked like an NFL offense. Eli Manning went 7-10 for 91 yards on the drive, finding Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown. Victor Cruz got in on the action as well, grabbing three balls for 52 yards on the first team offense’s best drive of the preseason.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @teapester725, or join his Google network