Giants vs. Jets score, takeaways: Denzel Mims follows trade request with big performance in preseason finale


The 53rd preseason game between the two Big Apple teams had a little bit of everything. Sunday’s game featured big hits, game-changing moves on both sides of the ball and a last minute winning touchdown pass from Jets quarterback Chris Streveler to Calvin Jackson Jr. The Jets then withstood a Giants’ Hail Mary pass to the end zone on the final game of the game to take a 31-27 win.

The game, which was unusually physical for a preseason game, did not feature the majority of the Giants’ starters, including Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. However, it featured many of the Jets’ starters, as well as a veteran who played well after a recent trade request (more on that later).

Let’s take a deep dive into what happened in East Rutherford on Sunday.

Mims responds to trade request

Days after his agent filed for a trade with the Jets, Denzel Mims let his play speak for him on Sunday. The former second round pick had a 29-yard touchdown catch that tied the score in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 102 yards on seven receptions.

Speaking on the NFL Network broadcast Sunday, Jets GM Joe Douglas offered no update on Mims’ situation. He did say that Mims remains a valuable member of the organization they hope can contribute to the attack this season.

Mr Augustus

As he did during the first two games of the Jets’ preseason, Streveler designed a game-winning drive. Streveler, a 27-year NFL veteran who won a Gray Cup during his short time in the CFL, went 13 of 17 for 170 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Jets to a 3-0 record this preseason.

“I’m at peace with everything,” Streveler said after the win. “I’m just grateful for every opportunity in this business, and I don’t take anything for granted.”

QB competition?

It has been assumed that Joe Flacco will be the starting quarterback for the Jets if Zach Wilson is not ready to play against the Ravens in Week 1. Flacco played well on Sunday, but he wasn’t as sharp as Mike White, who had a couple of touchdowns in the first half after Flacco’s pick-six against Giants linebacker Austin Calitro.

A former Cowboys fifth round pick, White saw his first regular season action with the Jets last season. White started three games, went 1-2 in those games and threw for 953 yards with five touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 66.7% completion rate. He threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a win over eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

Taylor hurt

Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor left the game after taking a big out-of-pocket hit by defensive end Michael Clemons. Taylor, after standing on the ground for a few moments, jogged off the field before finally being wheeled into the locker room.

Taylor wasn’t the only Giant who couldn’t finish the game. Tight end Daniel Bellinger and defensive end Jayln Holmes were ruled out after both were assessed for concussion.

Webb let it go

Giants quarterback Davis Webb performed well during most of the game. He completed 10 straight passes in one stretch in the second half as he led the Giants on consecutive scoring runs. Webb finished the game with 202 yards on 30 of 38 passes.

The 27-year-old quarterback has appeared in just one regular-season NFL game during his career. He spent most of his college career at Texas Tech before playing one season for Cal, throwing 4,295 yards in 2016 for 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Lawson’s comeback

Sunday was Jets’ first linebacker, Carl Lawson, since he tore his Achilles tendon during a joint practice session last summer. Lawson helped take out a bag from Taylor during his first game with green and white.

Lawson, a 2017 fourth-round pick, recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks during his rookie season in Cincinnati. A torn ACL destroyed more than half of his 2018 season. Lawson recovered with solid campaigns in 2019 and 2020 before joining the Jets last season.

Alexander’s big hit

Arguably the game’s most impressive play was Kwon Alexander’s shocking hit of Giants running back Antonio Williams. The blow forced Alexander to cough up the ball.

The well-traveled Alexander wants to impress in New York after previous stops in Tampa, San Francisco and New Orleans. He earned Pro Bowl honors for the Buccaneers in 2017 after leading the league with 108 solo stops.

What’s next

The Giants will open the 2022 regular season with a road game against the Titans, who conquered the AFC’s top league in the 2021 playoffs after going 12-5 during the regular season. The Jets kick off the regular season with a home game against the Ravens, who started the ’21 season 8-3 before injuries led to them losing their last six games.

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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