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Giants vs. Jets post-game quotebook: What the Giants are saying after Friday’s victory

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Let’s hear from Eli Manning, Pat Shurmur and other Giants

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What were the New York Giants saying after Friday’s 22-16 preseason Week 3 victory over the New York Jets? Let’s go inside the locker room and find out.

Coach Pat Shurmur summarizing the game ...

“That punt return [by Hunter Sharp for a 55-yard touchdown] was just the spark that we needed and it was a terrific run, it was well blocked. There were a couple situations, a couple of blocks on that play where guys pulled off and it could’ve been penalties, so really smart play, an explosive play that got us going. (We) got better on defense, we found a way to score enough points, and ultimately win the game. There’s plenty to clean up. I was pleased with the way we threw the ball, especially with the ones. Not pleased with the way we ran the ball, certainly. But at the end, we found a way to carve out enough yardage running the ball to make it acceptable. We need to run the ball for our offense, but also for our team, and then we need to be efficient throwing the ball.”

Shurmur on Jonathan Stewart’s rough night ...

“We’ve just got to look at it. He’s a veteran player, he’s played football a very long time and he’s an outstanding player. So, we’ll just look at it as we go.”

Shurmur on Hunter Sharp’s night ...

“He had a throw on the boundary on the left side early in the game which I think we’ll just have to look at it, I’d like to be able to complete that. Then we had one later against pressure that kind of hit him. I’ve really liked what he’s done through training camp. Those are two isolated plays, but he also got us in the end zone on a punt return, so there’s a lot of good things he did tonight.”

Eli Manning on beginning the season ...

“I thought it was good tonight to get out there and get a full half of playing with the new offense. It’s just little things, hearing the calls, getting used to running the offense with the new offense and new things and the play clock and everything going. So, I’m good either way, whatever he (Coach Shurmur) wants to do, we have to get better this week though, still have practice this week. Still get to practice this week and maybe play but still have some things I want to work on and get better this week.”

Olivier Vernon on his preseason ...

“I’m just trying to make something happen. (Defensive Coordinator James) Bettcher wants us to be aggressive. So, I’m just playing my part.”

Shurmur on why Odell Beckham Jr. did not play ...

“Just not quite ready yet. We want to be safe with Odell. He’s doing a lot of great things, and just wasn’t quite ready.”