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Giants’ receivers dropped an alarming 7 passes

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants
Giants DB Leonard Johnson defends Antonio Calloway.
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Let’s take a quick look back at some of the numbers from Thursday’s New York Giants-Cleveland Browns preseason game, courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

  • Giants wide receivers were credited with 7 drops. PFF listed Hunter Sharp and Jerell Adams with two each, and Scott Simonson, Jonathan Stewart and Robert Martin with one.

That’s something that can’t make coach Pat Shurmur happy. He has consistently emphasized the importance of catching the ball, offensively and defensively.

“I think it is important that we catch the football,” Shurmur said after a recent practice. “catching the football, dropping balls, we can’t do it. Whether it’s an interception that can change the game or the obvious, receivers catching it from quarterbacks, we have to be a team that catches the ball well.

  • Outside linebacker Avery Moss (89.0) was the highest-graded defender. He had two stops in 20 snaps. Linebacker Alec Ogletree (40.9 in 11 snaps) was the lowest-graded defender. Ogletree was victimized for a 36-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to tight end David Njoku.
  • The Giants seem to have had problems covering tights ends for years now. Njoku caught two passes, both for touchdowns, for 46 yards.
  • Offensive tackle Nick Becton allowed zero total pressures in 5 pass-blocking snaps. Fellow offensive guards John Jerry and John Greco allowed zero total pressures as well across 25 pass-blocking snaps each.
  • Davis Webb recorded a passer rating of 49.4 over 23 drop backs which was second to last among quarterbacks with at least 15 drop backs over the slate of games onThursday.
  • Center competition — Brett Jones had a 71.7 overall grade in 25 snaps, 22 of which were pass-blocking. He allowed zero pressures. Jon Halapio had a grade of 53.0 in 16 snaps. He surrendered a sack and had a grade of only 37.3 in 9 pass-blocking snaps. The sack of Eli Manning was, per PFF, on Halapio.
  • Cornerback B.W. Webb was targeted 6 in 20 coverage snaps, the most among Giants cornerbacks. Of those 6 targets, he allowed 3 receptions for 40 yards and had a 71.5 passer rating when targeted.
  • Defensive lineman Josh Banks recorded 2 run stops in 12 run defense snaps which resulted in a 16.7 percent run stop percentage. Fellow edge defender Jordan Williams also impressed by recording 3 run stops in 8 run defense snaps (37.5 percent run stop percentage).
  • Rookie running back Robert Martin averaged 7.8 yards per rushing attempt (5 carries, 39 yards). He got an impressive 3.4 of those 7.8 yards after contact.
  • Malcolm Bunche, trying to make the team as a reserve offensive tackle, gave up a team-high 3 pressures (a sack, 2 quarterback hurries) in 16 pass-blocking snaps.

Snap counts

  • Tight end Jerell Adams played the most offensive snaps, 40.
  • Kalif Raymond and Hunter Sharp led the receivers with 27 snaps playeds, and Roger Lewis Jr. played 26.
  • Cornerback Chris Lews-Harris played a team-high 51 snaps.
  • Cornerback Leonard Johnson, a Giant for less than a week, played 45.
  • Rookie B.J. Hill got starter treatment, playing only 9 snaps and exiting with the first unit.