Three takeaways from the Giants’ 22-20 loss to the Patriots on Sunday of their preseason finale.
1. With Adoree’ Jackson held out with a sprained ankle, rookie CB Rodarius Williams began alongside James Bradberry. Williams was examined on the primary defensive collection and had WR Nelson Agholor so well-covered that Cam Newton was pressured to throw the ball into the turf. Within the third quarter, Williams blanketed Isaiah Zuber ultimately zone to power an incompletion. It seems Williams, a sixth-round decide, has a spot locked up.
2. Blake Martinez struggled final week within the first joint apply with the Patriots, repeatedly overwhelmed by RB James White in move protection — a troublesome project for an inside linebacker, to make sure. The Giants put Martinez in protection a number of occasions on this recreation and he delivered with a sensational play, working deep down the sphere with WR Jakobi Meyers, leaping with Myers and swiping the ball from Meyers for an interception on Cam Newton.
3. Saquon Barkley definitely broke a sweat about 90 minutes earlier than the sport, working routes and catching passes in an in depth warm-up. He ran fluidly — at occasions in an all-out dash — and caught the ball effortlessly, whereas sporting a blue Giants cap sideways. Now that the joint practices are prior to now, anticipate the Giants to be extra aggressive with Barkley on this week’s apply periods.