So, while Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley were running around in pads before the game, they wouldn’t take the field. None of the Giants’ starters would take the field, though an edict from head coach Pat Shurmur had all of them in pads to help build team chemistry.
There were a few players who will play a considerable number of reps with the starters on the field, however. Players like Wayne Gallman, Lorenzo Carter, and Ray-Ray Armstrong all had extended snaps in the first half, and looked to be on a different level than the other players on the field. Armstrong was all over the field, showing up against both the run and the pass. Meanwhile, Carter was a terror as a pass rusher, picking up one sack and nearly coming up with another. Gallman ran hard, looking both fast and strong as he ran inside and off-tackle.
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had the Giants’ one score on a great catch and run for a 41-yard touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Donte Deayon had a pair of interceptions, and nearly a third, as he fights for a roster spot.
But between the splash plays it was a sloppy half for the Giants, as they repeatedly helped the Patriots with penalties, missed tackles, and missed opportunities.
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.