Giants fans everywhere were praying to get the bitter taste out of their mouth that was 2017. After finishing 3-13, New York cleared house by bringing in Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur. Now, following a plethora of roster moves the Big Blue faced off against the formidable Jacksonville Jaguars in East Rutherford. Even though victory was not achieved, many great things came from it (especially these pictures).
Here we go
After all the Giants went through in the off season and preseason, Big Blue fans were anxiously anticipating the start of the 2018 season. So much excitement swirled around this team with Odell Beckham Jr. returning and newly added running back Saquon Barkley.
The Big Blue secondary came to play, particularly Janoris Jenkins. Swiping a pick from Blake Bortles, Jenkins was one of the few bright spots from Sunday.
Keep moving forward
Odell Beckham Jr. stretched the field all day against Jacksonville with 11 catches for 111 receiving yards. Despite missing most of last season, OBJ looks like he’s back.
Welcome to the league
While he started off slow, Saquon Barkley scored his first career touchdown with a 68-yard game changing scamper in the second half. He would even set a Giants record for most rushing yards in a debut.
Statistically, the Giants had a decent outing as a whole on defense. They only allowed 305 total yards, and held the Jaguars passing attack under 200 yards.
Reach for it
Evan Engram selling out for a first down, which is what you want to see from your athletic young tight end.
Clash of the Titans
We may have witnessed the biggest receiver-corner matchup of the year. Beckham and Jalen Ramsey squared off at MetLife, with Beckham coming out on top with an unofficial 6 catches for 87 yards against Ramsey.
Tackling Saquon Barkley is pretty tough. However, Myles Jack was just a tad out of position when he yanked down Barkley by the face mask.
Only up from here
While the G-Men fell in their first match up of the season, there are still 15 more games left to define this team. There is no where else to go but up.