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Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

Ryan Nassib hit Corey Washington for the game-winning touchdown – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Prior to arriving at Giants’ training camp in late July, wide receiver Corey Washington spoke to his grandmother.

The former Newberry star had been cut by the Arizona Cardinals, signed to a future contract with the Giants and was staying at home until he had to report.

Corey Washington and Eli Manning, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Corey Washington and Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

So his grandmother brought him close, looked him in the eyes and told him bluntly she didn’t want to see him anytime soon.

“She said I don’t want to see you back in Charleston,” Washington recalled.

And now he’s doing everything he can to stay right where he is.

Washington hauled in a game-winning 73-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s annual Hall of Fame game to give the New York a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio.

“I beat the corner off the line—he was off a bit—and I saw him and I stutter-stepped a bit and he bit on the stutter,” Washington said. “(The corner) tried to jam me while we were running, but I slapped his hands down.”

Washington’s touchdown capped an eventful start to the Giants’ NFL season, one that included the debut of Ben McAdoo’s new West Coast Offense. There was enough displayed to long for more. Along with enough to realize the Giants have a long way to go before opening the season in Detroit.

It started with a three-and-out and followed with a sack-fumble. Then, Eli Manning and the boys got it rolling.

Led by rookie Andre Williams (seven rushes, 48 yards, one touchdown), the Giants marched 80 yards in 12 plays chewing up 7:04 of the game clock against the Bills’ second unit. Williams capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

“I thought eventually we got to where we ran the ball pretty well,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We might not have had our ones in there, but still we had some consistency in runs there.”

Andre Williams, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

Andre Williams – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Manning and the Giants worked their new no-huddle offense and showed all the up-tempo approach McAdoo has enforced on Big Blue. Was it perfect? No. Was it a step in the right direction? It appeared so.

“We’ll be trying to get in and out of the huddle fast,” Manning said “Get to the line of scrimmage, get things declared and try to push our guys and see if we can have a quick tempo and see if that will help out our play.”

Ryan Nassib relieved Manning following Williams’ touchdown and displayed the same roller coaster-like behavior he’s shown throughout the first two weeks of training camp. There’s the good, there’s the bad. The Giants’ got them both.

The second-year pro, who finished seven-of-12 for 139 yards and a touchdown, looked good when rolling out of the pocket. There was accuracy and arm strength, but also indecision and fluster. On the Giants’ first possession of the third quarter, Nassib was intercepted. While the play was overturned due to roughing the passer, Nassib’s decision was spotty at best.

Weston Richburg, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

Weston Richburg – © USA TODAY Sports Images

With a hand in his face, Nassib seemed to release the ball without looking, tossing it right to linebacker Preston Brown. On a rollout on the same series, Nassib again faced pressure. This time, he threw the ball in the dirt while in the tackle box. The ref threw the flag for intentional grounding.

“That’s why we’re playing him a lot,” Coughlin said. “He’s a very serious young man who’s a talent kid who needs to play. He didn’t get to play last year, but he’ll get some time and as he does, he’ll grow and get better.”

But when Nassib needed to make the play, he did. Hitting Washington on the 73-yard strike.

Defensively, free-agent acquisition Zack Bowman recorded an interception along with Cooper Taylor. Taylor, last year’s fifth-round pick, also recorded eight tackles. Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul and Jacquian Williams had bat downs. Kerry Wynn, Damontre Moore and Jordan Stanton had sacks.

Buffalo quarterback and second-year pro E.J. Manuel completed 2-of-7 passes for 19 yards. The Giants’ held running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to eight yards on three carries.

(Video Highlights on Giants.com)

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Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

Eli Manning and the Giants were on the field for the first time Sunday – © USA TODAY Sports Images

NEW YORK GIANTS 17 – BUFFALO BILLS 13…
For one final time, 24 hours after being inducted into football immortality, Michael Strahan found himself surrounded by his New York Giants’ teammates again.

Standing in the middle of the team’s huddle near midfield, dressed in his gold Hall of Fame jacket, Strahan looked around at all of those surrounding him. Sure, only three remained from the last time he suited up, but that didn’t matter.

Nor did it stop him from’ stomping them out’ one last time.

After the pregame antics, this year’s New York Giants and this year’s Buffalo Bills took the field for the first football game of the 2014 season. The game had its highs and its lows. Below you will find a few quick hits and observations from New York’s 17-13 victory.

Andre Williams, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

Andre Williams – © USA TODAY Sports Images

THE STUDS…
Starting defensive line

  • It was a good first outing for the Giants’ starting front four. In its two possessions versus the Bills’ starters, the defense escaped nearly unscathed and had two bat downs. Bills’ quarterback E.J. Manuel completed just 2-of-7 passes while Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller gained only eight combined yards.

Andre Williams

Henry Hynoski

  • During the Giants’ first two offensive possessions, the team didn’t let a fullback touch the field, electing to work primarily with tight ends. The result? A three-and-out and turnover via fumble. The next drive, fullback Henry Hynoski checked in and down the field went the Giants. Hynoski paved the way for Williams and Rashad Jennings (seven rushes, 23 yards). He also led the way for Williams’ goal-line touchdown.

Jay Bromley

  • After checking into the game with primarily third teamers, Bromley instantly stood out. New York’s third-round pick made a stop on third-and-one and pressured the quarterback countless other times. It’ll be interesting to see if Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin gives Bromley some work against superior talent next week.
Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

THE DUDS…
Jayron Hosley

  • Ugh. For a player on the roster bubble, Sunday couldn’t have gone much worse for Jayron Hosley. The Giants’ former third-round pick was beaten several times -once for a touchdown on fourth down – and was called for numerous penalties. On an evening when so many players showed so much good, Hosley stood out as being noticeably bad.

John Conner

  • Switching on and off with Henry Hynoski, there were two specific plays where ‘The Terminator’ whiffed badly on blocks. Once, Andre Williams got around and managed to turn a disaster into a positive play. Another, Michael Cox was stuffed in the backfield. Playing a position the team is reportedly thinking of getting rid of, it doesn’t bode well to start being noticed for the wrong reasons.

THE GOOD…

  • Earlier this week, Eli Manning and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf talked about how the team’s goal was to have Manning complete 70 percent of his passes. While the comment was laughed off by many, Manning showed Sunday that number may not be as comical as originally believed. After missing his first pass, Manning completed his next six. While the long-developing deep throws he’d grown accustomed to were gone, Manning looked extremely comfortable in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast Offense. Manning showed nice footwork, an understanding of the offense and some nice accuracy.
  • Antrel Rolle talked about how excited he was to see Giants’ safety Nat Berhe put on the pads. The rookie didn’t disappoint. In the third quarter, Berhe came in and laid a hit on Chris Gragg jarring the ball loose. Berhe flashed a few times, especially with his physicality.
  • During training camp, Giants’ receiver Corey Washington has flashed time and time again as he’s routinely gotten down the field for deep touchdowns. Two days ago, Washington caught caught a 50+ yard touchdown pass from Curtis Painter. In Sunday’s Hall of Fame game, it was another 50+ yard touchdown, 73 to be exact, but this one from Ryan Nassib. Washington got beyond his defender by a step, but then came back to an under thrown ball to make the grab. If Washington continues to impress, it’ll be tough to let him go on cut-down day.

  • Playing with a very, very poor third-string offensive line, Michael Cox showed some flashes. One in particular play stood out. On a screen pass, the Buffalo Bills brought a near all-out blitz. Cox lowered his shoulder to chip an incoming blitzer, then snuck behind the defense to set up for a screen. The play worked, largely because of Cox’s block.
  • There is nothing, and I mean nothing, flashy about Peyton Hillis, but he continues to prove he’s a very serviceable running back. Hillis packs a punch, can catch and can block. He displayed two of those three skill sets on Sunday and continues to show he’s a valuable part of the Giants’ team.
  • It was nice to see Mario Manningham get in the game and catch a pass. He’s not the same player he used to be, may not have a spot on the Giants’ roster, but to see the former Super Bowl hero out there again is heart warming.
  • Marcus Harris, who saw playing time before Manningham, showed that his training camp success is beginning to translate on the field. Harris finished with four receptions for 49 yards including an impressive 25-yard catch-and-run. The bottom of the Giants’ depth chart is littered with raw talent at the receiver position.
  • He’s gonna show up here twice, but Ryan Nassib looked both good, and very, very, ugly. Then again, that’s the same Nassib that’s shown up at training camp. When he’s on, Nassib has the mobility, accuracy and arm strength to be a good quarterback in the NFL. He showed that multiple times Sunday

THE BAD…

  • The Giants’ woes at tight end continue. While Larry Donnell flashed as a receiver, his blocking is still a huge work in progress. On two separate occasions on the team’s first two drives, Donnell motioned into the backfield just to be blown up. On another, Donnell failed to control Mario Williams on the line. All three plays, Rashad Jennings was brought down for no gain or a loss.
  • It wasn’t that Charles James II had a bad game, but he did miss two tackles that should have been givens. On another play, a 26-yard catch-and-run from Bills’ receiver Rob Woods, James was knocked off coverage on a pick play.
  • Kerry Wynn had a sack. That’s good. Kerry Wynn tried to pick up a fumble with under two minutes to play and run with it, bobbled the ball, then the Bills recovered. That’s bad. It’s a young player looking to make a play, but he’s gotta know to fall on that.

THE UGLY…

  • Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

    Ryan Nassib – © USA TODAY Sports Images

    Here’s Ryan Nassib again. The biggest issue with the second-year quarterback is when he gets pressured, he makes some really bad decisions. As was the case on his intentional grounding call and interception. Both times Nassib had someone in his face. Both times Nassib made a terrible decision.

  • Cooper Taylor didn’t have a very good day on special teams. He flashed and was physical on defense, but he also let up a punt block and got pancaked on the next attempt. Special teams may not be Taylor’s strongest area, but he’s gotta be better than he was Sunday night.
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

Eli Manning and the new-look Giants’ offense take the field for the first time tonight – © USA TODAY Sports Images

LIVE UPDATES: New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills…
For the first time this season, the New York Giants’ take the field for a preseason match-up with the Buffalo Bills. At BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI), we’ve created your one-stop shop for all things involving the game.

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DID NOT PLAY:
Giants:
Beason (LB), Beckham Jr. (WR), Beatty (LT), Wilson (RB), Jackson (CB), Grimble (TE), Holliday (WR), Paysinger (LB), Patterson (DT), Ayers (DE), McBride (CB), Herman (OT).

Bills:
McKelvin (CB), Gilmore (CB), Moeaki (TE), Chandler (TE), Goodwin (WR)

STAT LEADERS:
Giants:
Passing –
Ryan Nassib, 7-of-12 for 139 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions
Eli Manning, 6-of-7 for 43 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Curtis Painter, 3-of-3 for 26 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Rushing –
Andre Williams, 7 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown
Peyton. Hillis, 7 carries for 36 yards
Rashad Jennings, 7 carries for 23 yards
John Conner, 1 carry for 7 yards
Kendall Gaskins, 5 carries for 5 yards
Michael Cox, 9 carries for 3 yards

Receiving –
Corey Washington, 1 catch for 73 yards and a touchdown
Marcus Harris, 4 catches for 49 yards
Rashad Jennings, 3 catches for 20 yards
Mario Manningham, 1 catch for 17 yards
Larry Donnell, 1 catch for 13 yards
Jerrel Jernigan, 2 catches for 13 yards
Daniel Fells, 1 catch for 10 yards
Travis Harvey, 1 catch for 9 yards
Michael Cox, 1 catch for 8 yards
Peyton Hillis, 1 catch for -4 yards

Defense – (Tackles-Assists)
Jayron Hosley, 4-0
Cooper Taylor, 4-4 (1 interception)
Kendrick Adams, 3-1
Jameel McClain, 3-1
Kerry Wynn, 3-0 (1 sack)
Spencer Adkins, 2-1
Nat Berhe, 2-1 (1 forced fumble)
Mark Herzlich, 2-0
Charles James, 2-0
Devon Kennard, 2-0
Walter Thurmond, 2-0
Prince Amukamara, 1-0
Zack Bowman, 1-0 (1 interception)
Jay Bromley, 1-0
Chandler Fenner, 1-0
Mathias Kiwanuka, 1-0
Damontre Moore, 1-1 (1 sack)
Antrel Rolle, 1-0
Jordan Stanton, 1-0 (1 sack, 1 forced fumble)
Ross Weaver, 1-0
Jacquian Williams, 1-1
Johnathan Hankins, 0-1
Kelcy Quarles, 0-1

Bills:
Passing Leader –
Thad Lewis, 10-of-16 for 87 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception

Rushing Leader –
Bryce Brown, 7 carries for 40 yards

Receiving Leader –
Robert Woods, 4 catches for 49 yards and one touchdown

Defensive Tackle Leader – (Tackles-Assists)
Randell Johnson, 5-1

SCORING:
NEW YORK: 17 Buffalo: 13 (FINAL)

Fourth Quarter
TD (NYG) R, Nassib 73-yard TD to Corey Washington

Third Quarter
FG (Buf) D. Carpenter 51-yard

Second Quarter
FG (NYG) B. McManus 47-yard
TD (Buf) J. Tuel 2-yard TD pass to R. Woods

1st QUARTER-
TD (NYG) A. Williams 3-yard run
FG (Buf) Carpenter 30-yard kick

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Eli Manning  and the Giants’ offense take the field for the first time Sunday – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills, August 3, 2014

For the first time this season, the New York Giants take the field for a preseason exhibition game versus the Buffalo Bills. The last time New York played in the Hall of Fame game, a young tight end made an impact

Ryan Nassib (9), Ben McAdoo, and Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Ryan Nassib, Ben McAdoo, and Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

THE STORYLINE:
As vanilla as it may be, as Eli Manning trots out from the sideline and into the huddle it will mark the first time Ben McAdoo’s offense is displayed in an actual game. While the offense won’t be as complex as it will be come the regular season, Sunday will be the first time it’s run in a live game.

4 DOWNS:
First Down
How does Eli Manning look in a West Coast Offense?
For the duration of his career, Eli Manning has been as prototypical of a quarterback as one can get. Five and seven step drops, a perfect pocket and long balls down the field were what was asked of Manning and exactly what he accomplished. With Ben McAdoo in and Kevin Gilbride out as New York’s offensive coordinator, the question on how Manning fits a West Coast scheme is on many people’s mind.

Second Down
The progression of Ryan Nassib
Very little was shown of Nassib last year (19 preseason pass attempts) as the Giants elected to hide the fourth-round pick in order to develop. Now in year two, the No. 2 quarterback position is Nassib’s to lose. He’s looked good in the team’s last two camp practices, but can he show it in a game? Nassib should get an awful lot of reps versus Buffalo.

Third Down
The ‘Legend’ of Devon Kennard
It’s hard to watch a Giants’ training camp practice and not notice the rookie fifth-round pick. Whether it’s his bone-crushing hits, or involvement in nearly ever defensive formation, there’s something about the 23 year old that sticks out. Kennard has enjoyed hitting teammates in practice, now’s his chance to hit an opponent with a different colored jersey.

Fourth Down
The rebuilt, re-tooled secondary
For years and years, the Giants’ defense game plan was predicated on pressuring the quarterback and hiding any weaknesses in the secondary. While the scheme worked for two Super Bowl championships, eventually opponents countered. Knowing quarterbacks wouldn’t have time for long developing plays, offenses worked in short, quick-hit passes to negate New York’s ferocious pass rush. This offseason, the attention turned to the secondary and the likes of Walter Thurmond, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman and others. While it won’t be displayed long, how does the group look together?

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Connor Hughes – WR Marcus Harris
There have been many, many practices throughout the Giants’ training camp where the offense has looked lost, but the one constant has been second-year pro Marcus Harris. Last year’s undrafted free agent has flashed time and time again with impressive grabs, well run routes and incredible effort. Now, he needs to transition from training camp hero, to game day warrior. Can Harris have a Victor Cruz-like performance in the preseason to earn himself a roster spot? Sunday will be his first chance.

Marcus Harris, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Marcus Harris – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Eric Kennedy – DE Damontre Moore
Christ, I could put a dozen legitimate candidates here. I am tempted to go with Brandon Mosley at right guard or his possible replacement Weston Richburg since the state of the offensive line is so critical. But I’m going to go with Damontre Moore as I am very concerned about the Giants ability to rush the passer outside of Jason Pierre-Paul. Moore flashed big time in his preseason debut last year, but got hurt in that game, and never seemed to get back on track. He’s not much bigger this year, but he is stronger and has reportedly looked sharp at camp both against the run and the pass. Will he be a future stud defensive end or just a guy? If the former, this defense could reach a new level given all of the talent in the secondary.

THE INJURY REPORT:
• Jon Beason *PUP LIST*
• Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring/out)
• William Beatty (illness/out)
• David Wilson (neck/out)
• Bennett Jackson (ankle/out)
• Xavier Grimble (hamstring/out)
• Trindon Holliday (leg/out)
• Spencer Paysinger (concussion/out)
• Mike Patterson (shoulder/out)
• Robert Ayers (ankle/out)
• Trumain McBride (hip/out)
• Eric Herman (out)

FROM THE COACHES MOUTH:

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Tom Coughlin: Well, it’s obvious that you don’t play a game without wanting to win. But it’s the overall picture of the organizational things, the substitutions, the penalties – holding them to a bare minimum; don’t turn the ball over, don’t make the game a sloppy game. Establish some of the things we’d like to do. For example, I’d like to be able to run the ball and be able to do that in the first game this weekend as well. I’m sure Buffalo wants the same thing. So we have those kinds of goals, the specifics about it we’ll present to the team. Coming out of camp – we have not been here very long – have an opportunity to play a game, see what people are like under those circumstances, the enthusiasm, the energy, certainly come out of the game without injuries, all those things.”

THE FINAL WORD:
Connor Hughes – Football is finally back as both the Giants and Bills take the field on Sunday. With all the new pieces added to New York’s roster, I’m excited to see each take the field. Different players have flashed at different times during training camp, but now it’s for real. Heck, maybe even a tight end makes a play or two? Buffalo: 17 – Giants: 13.

Eric Kennedy – In a four-game preseason, the first game is usually a glorified scrimmage. This may be even uglier than that. I don’t expect the Giants starters to play long or look particularly sharp. The coaches will be more interested in working on certain plays and seeing certain players than winning the game. But it will be interesting to see how up tempo the offense is from the get-go. Keep in mind that Coughlin said this week that only half the offensive installation is in place. This is still very much a work in progress. The Giants will also be missing some very important components on both sides of the ball (Beckham, Beason, Beatty). If Nassib struggles, this one could get ugly. Buffalo 27 – Giants 13.