There isn’t much to say after the New York Giants handed the San Francisco 49ers their first win of the season. The Giants were the more talented team, but their game started sloppy and ended with a nonexistent effort.
Their second embarrassing loss has one clear winner, and several losers who don’t deserve that label.
Winner - The New York Giants’ draft stock
At this point, the only clear winner is the Giants’ draft position. After this embarrassing, pathetic display the Giants have the second overall pick in the 2018 draft. There is plenty of time left for that to change — although at this point it doesn’t look likely that the number will be getting bigger.
There is also plenty of time left to decide who the Giants should, and will, take.
They could consider a top quarterback, such as Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson, or a position player like Saquon Barkley out of Penn State, or perhaps Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame.
However it goes, the Giants should have their choice of players at the top of the draft.
Loser(s) - Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman, D.J. Fluker, Kelvin Sheppard, Jonathan Casillas, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon.
By my count these were the players who tried consistently throughout the game. The Giants’ loss is not on them, nor is it their fault that they were saddled with 35 other players who seemingly gave up by the third quarter.
The lack effort given forth by most of the team — the defense in particular — went somewhere beyond “embarrassing”.
It was disgusting.
I honestly feel bad for the players who have played their hearts out every snap in this lost season. That is especially true for players like Harrison and Fluker, who come out and play with passion snap in, snap out, only to get hurt while their teammates, to all appearances, quit.
Regardless of the coaching situation, it is an insult to the players who show up and play to win for pride and their teammates.