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Giants-Steelers Final Score: Ben McAdoo’s Takeaways from 20-12 Loss

Coach assesses team’s preseason opener

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants
Ben McAdoo
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — What did New York Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo think of his team’s preseason-opening 20-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night? Here are some takeaways from his post-game remarks.

Overall impression ...

“Some good effort out there tonight. We had a lot of work to do, and we got some good tape on some guys who were on the bubble – a lot of teaching tape. They’ll have the day off tomorrow to get their bodies right and get back to work on Sunday.”

On the play of Davis Webb ...

“I thought he had some ups and downs in there. He competed nicely, came out of the pocket, had some chances to make some plays, he did fairly well.”

On the first-team offensive line, which gave up three sacks early in the game ...

“It was more than just the offensive line, it wasn’t just the offensive line. I’ll have to go back and take a look. There was a mistake on the outside where the quarterback had to eat the ball on one occasion. Then there was one extended play, where we had to throw the ball away. So, we can’t blame the offensive line.”

On the placekicker competition ...

”I thought both kickers kicked real well. I’ve never been so excited to kick a field goal.”

On the running game after the Giants gained 46 yards on 13 carries, 3.5 yards per attempt ...

“There’s some good and some bad; there’s some bad and there’s some ugly. We need to clean it up and get better.”