New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo’s Tuesday conference call with the Giants beat writers was hotly anticipated.
There was plenty in the second preseason game about which reporters could ask McAdoo. The first was, obviously, for an update on star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury situation — as well as those of WRs Brandon Marshall and Tavarres King, as well as CB Michael Hunter.
There was also a strong defensive performance to ask about as well as a concerning offensive performance.
But first, lets get to the important part.
Odell Beckham, And Other Injuries, Update
Ben: "Odell has an ankle. We'll see how he responds to treatment. Brandon has a shoulder."— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 22, 2017
Ben did say that Marshall's X-rays were negative.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 22, 2017
McAdoo's last words today on Odell: "He's going thru treatment. He got a scan. He's got an ankle."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 22, 2017
Coach McAdoo: DB Michael Hunter is in the concussion protocol. WR Tavarres King aggravated his ankle. #NYGiants— New York Giants (@Giants) August 22, 2017
The Giants’ offense struggled once again, managing just a pair of field goals, and didn’t even appear to play that well. The team set out with an intent to establish the run, but they largely failed to move the ball on the ground. The obvious culprit was the run blocking, but McAdoo also said that the running backs need to be more precise behind the line of scrimmage.
McAdoo said he thought there were some opportunities for some big runs in the interior of the offensive line.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 22, 2017
McAdoo: The RBs have to take the right footwork at the right pace... We left runs on the field from the RB position.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 22, 2017
The big concern about the Giants’ offense is the offensive line, particularly with regards to pass protection.
McAdoo: "Our pass protection is making progress."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 22, 2017
This is technically true. After giving up three sacks in the first game, the starting offensive line gave up one in this game.
Quarterback Eli Manning was a bright spot on the offense, completing ten of fourteen passing attempts in his 26 snaps. McAdoo mentioned after the game that Manning and Brandon Marshall needed to connect on the third down pass that went through Marshall’s hands. Tuesday he pointed out another pass that he thinks Manning should have completed.
McAdoo said Eli Manning "had a fairly good showing'' in 1st preseason action., Would have liked to see him hit shallow cross to Shepard.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 22, 2017
While the offense was ripe for criticism, there wasn’t much to criticize on the defensive size. On the contrary, McAdoo was quick to praise the work of Olivier Vernon who had a pass defensed after covering tight end David Njoku deep down the field.
Coach McAdoo: We played physical on defense...look no further than OV chasing an eligible receiver and breaking a ball up. #NYGiants— New York Giants (@Giants) August 22, 2017
One notable aspect that took some people by surprise was Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie playing free safety. It’s a position he played at times in 2016, but he didn’t flash like he did Monday night.
McAdoo on DRC getting shot at safety last night: "He did a nice job."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 22, 2017