Giants-Bengals ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’: Davis Webb, Alex Bachman, offensive line, more


The New York Giants are 2-0! Yes, it’s just the preseason, but I’d love it for them – and for fans who are starving – to say it. Let’s get to the ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ of Sunday’s 25-22 win over the reserve Cincinnati Bengals, who didn’t play their starters.

Kudos to…

Daniel Jones – Coach Brian Daboll considered not playing the quarterback due to the team’s offensive line injuries. He went ahead and let Jones play the second quarter because “I thought he could use it. Our attack could use it with him out there.”

Jones had an excellent evening. He went 14 of 16 for 116 yards and one interception. He went 8 of 9 for 78 yards on an 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive.

“He played very well,” said Daboll. “Has been in charge.”

What about the interception? It was a ball that may not have been perfectly placed but slipped through the hands of rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger.

“We have to catch it,” Daboll said.

David Sills – A fan favorite and a training camp superstar in recent years, was back on Sunday night. He caught five passes for 56 yards. Most importantly, he worked with the first team attack.

Alex Bachman — Bachman put on a show with his mom and dad in the stands. He had 11 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the winner of the game, a sweet solo tackle on special teams, and an 11-yard punt return. All in one half of game action.

More importantly, Bachman, an exhibition team player for most of the past three seasons, may have earned himself a peek into the league for a roster spot.

“Everything this man has done has been right since he got here. He showed up in the spring and worked as hard as he could and got better every day. He’s one of the first guys in the weight room every day,” Daboll said. “He was low, low on the depth chart, rep chart if you will, and all he does is compete and play hard. And I appreciate guys like that. I think his teammates do too. It was good to see that he had some success there. He gets more opportunities.”

Davis Webb – What a night for the number 3 quarterback. He went 22 of 27 for 204 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Giants to 18 points in the second half.

“He had it pretty good,” said Daboll, who coached Webb in Buffalo for the past three seasons. “He’s been in this offense for a long time, again he hasn’t been in six months. He’s been in it for years. So who we play against, when we play them, he has full control over what we do. He understands. Davis has a great understanding of what we run, how we run it. We know what he likes. Time has been invested. Right, three years invested in a player. That goes a long way.”

Backup offensive line — How did this makeshift group accomplish what they did on Sunday evening? The Giants quarterbacks threw the ball 54 times and were hit three times. Yes, but three times.

The first team’s front line was Andrew Thomas (LT), Devery Hamilton (LG), Max Garcia (C), Mark Glowinski (RG), Evan Neal (RT). When Thomas took off after the first quarter, Hamilton slid to the left and Will Holden slid in as left guard.

The attacking line in the second half was Roy Mbaeteka (LT), Josh Rivas (LG), Holden (C), Chris Owens (RG), Eric Smith (RT).

Mbaeteka played the second football game of his life. Rivas was fired eight days ago and re-signed on Friday. Holden, a lefty snapper, had never played downtown until Friday. Owens, an unwritten rookie, signed on Friday. Smith has been a giant since August 8.

“Give credit to these leaders who played,” said Daboll. “I mean, Roy has actually been playing football for a few weeks, like with pads on, in his whole life. Chris Owens just got off the plane to play pretty much a whole half. (Will) Holden’s play center for us. So, give (offensive line coach) Bobby Johnson and (assistant offensive line coach) Tony Sparano – those guys have been working the past two days getting those guys ready. They played a whole half and then let Davis play.”

I think a group of ‘kudos’ counts as credit.

Tomon Fox – The undesigned free agent rookie edge defender flew in like a rocket, hitting a massive hit on Bengal’s wide receiver Trenton Irwin, forcing a fumble that Olaijah Griffin recovered to seal Sunday’s win. It looked almost to the naked eye as if Fox had come in from the couch.

Jamie Gillan — The left-footed gambler did fine on Sunday when he was asked to do his day job. It’s the overtime he did that was really impressive. Gillan handled the kickoff and deputy duties after Gano’s concussion. By my count, three of his four kickoffs were blasted for touchbacks. He also made a few extra points and a 31-yard field goal. This was the first time Gillan had taken on those duties since his collegiate time at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Julian Love – When Gillan, Gano’s keeper, was forced to kick, the Giants needed a keeper. Love that had never done it before offered itself. He took a quick lesson from long snapper Casey Kreiter at halftime, then handled the job flawlessly in the second half.

He loved it.

“So nice,” Love said. “Are you kidding? It was one of my favorite plays. Probably ever.”

Antonio Williams — With Saquon Barkley, Gary Breida and Gary Brightwell not playing, Williams took full advantage. He ran five times for 26 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and caught all seven passes he threw for 46 yards. The former Bills practice team player keeps increasing his chances of getting on the 53-man roster. Jashaun Corbin had nine carries for 27 yards and four receptions, but it was Williams who really stood out.

Wet Willies to …

Backup Defensive Backs — Once again, it seemed clear on Sunday night that the Giants will have to supplement their cornerback position. None of the backup cornerbacks really did anything to differentiate themselves in the competition for spots on the 53-man roster.

Olaijah Griffin, just claimed via waivers last week, gave up four completions for 59 yards, per Pro Football Focus, including three for at least 15 yards. Darren Evans committed two penalties in the second half and conceded a 16-yard completion.

The Giants will almost certainly seek more help in this position.

Daniel Bellinger – All we’ve done since the Giants made the rookie tight end in the fourth round is talk about how Bellinger takes everything that is thrown in his path. Well, Sunday night he didn’t. Bellinger gets a ‘WW’ for the Evan Engram flashback, failing to catch a Jones pass that turned into an interception after deflecting it. Just like his predecessor did way too many times in five seasons with the Giants.

Kick-off coverage — A 73-yard kickoff return by Chris Evans of Cincinnati ended with kicker Graham Gano sustaining a concussion when he ducked to attempt a tackle. Yes, the Giants mix and match and try to give young players opportunities, but when the poor cover hurts your kicker, that’s definitely not good.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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