clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

‘Kudos & Wet Willies:’ Who played well, who didn’t for the Giants on Thursday

New, comments

Yes, it’s that time

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
Jalen Simmons scores a touchdown.
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It must be football season. How do I know? Because it is time for a “Kudos & Wet Willies” review of the New York Giants 20-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Let’s get right to it.

Kudos to ...

Saquon Barkley — The No. 2 overall pick debuted in style, breaking off a 39-yard run on the frist play from scrimmage Thursday night. Coach Pat Shurmur said the game “wasn’t too big for him,” and it certainly wasn’t. That was Barkley’s only impact play as he finished with 5 carries for 43 yards, but it was enough.

Robert Martin and Jalen Simmons — The two backs, competing to force the Giants to keep a fourth running back, each had good nights. Martin had 5 carries for 39 yards (7.8 yards per carry), and caught two passes. Simmons had 7 carries for 38 yards and a score before leaving the game when he landed awkwardly, appearing to hit the turf helmet first.

Run defense — The Giants have said they want to build a wall against the run this season. Well, there weren’t any cracks in that wall on Thursday. They gave up on 50 yards on 33 rushing attempts (1.5 yards per carry).

Wet Willies to ...

Davis Webb — The second-year quarterback completed only 9-of-22 passes for 70 yards on Thursday and left points on the board at the end of the first half when he couldn’t get the ball spiked in time to allow a field goal attempt. Webb missed his first six passes and was 3-for-14 before beginning to settle down.

Giants pass defense — It, umm, wasn’t very good. Tyrod Taylor went 5-for-5, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku, who ran past linebacker Alec Ogletree in coverage. Baker Mayfield went 11-for-20 for 212 yards and two scores, including a 54-yarder.