The preseason may not matter much to the fans and players who already have a roster spot sealed, but it does matter to the coaches and the players who are fighting for roster spots. The New York Giants trailed the New England Patriots at one point on Thursday night in the preseason finale on the road 29-10.
New York was able to bounce back and win the game 31-29 in the final seconds on a 14-yard touchdown pass by Kyle Lauletta to Alonzo Russell on a third-and-10 play from the New England 14-yard line.
This probably sealed Lauletta a spot on the roster. Russell will probably also make the roster as well. The rosters will be cut down to 53 on Saturday by 4 p.m.
Kyle Lauletta completed 22-of-40 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Alonzo caught five passes for 92 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Here is the bigger question with this team. Does going 4-0 this preseason really mean anything with this football team? It might mean something to them even though the standings don’t mean anything.
This team is trying to find an identity and it is slowly coming together under Head Coach Pat Shurmur in his second season.
Their are no more distractions with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. inside the locker room. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason.
The only distractions the Giants might face at this point is when will rookie quarterback Daniel Jones replace Eli Manning. At this point, I bet they’d take that any day of the week rather than the Odell Beckham Jr. antics.
This team will be very young this season, especially with a ton of rookies potentially starting on the defensive side of the ball.
The offensive line will be better, Evan Engram will be solid at tight end, the wide receiving core will be average (Golden Tate suspended first four games of the season), and Saquon Barkley is the best running back in the game.
This team is also starting to develop a mentality of playing for one another. The last time New York went undefeated was in 2014 and they did not make it to the playoffs that season with a 6-10 record.
It will be interesting to see where the 2019 New York Giants go from here. They don’t have a tough schedule this season, but this team may not be good anyways.
New York will begin the season on the road on Sunday September 8 against the Dallas Cowboys. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. Eastern on FOX.