The Giants are now 5 days removed from their first preseason game.  Since that game, the Giants have had to deal with injuries hitting them hard.  The hope is that none of them are serious, and the Giants will likely bring in more bodies once most teams cut their rosters down to 85 by the end of the day. One position group that hasn’t been affected by the injury bug (knock on wood), is the running back room, and boy did they over perform expectations last Thursday.

Coming into the 2022 season, the Giants had a number of position groups where I was concerned about the depth.  One of those spots was at running back.  The Giants had Saquon Barkley of course, who has obviously dealt with injuries the last 3 years.  Behind him was Matt Breida, who has had a solid enough NFL career and could be an ok backup.  But behind them, were guys with little to no NFL experience.  Well those guys showed out last Thursday and all made their case to make this team.  Saquon Barkley got the start, and he was fine.  He ran for 13 yards on 4 carries and added an 8-yard reception.  Following his departure, Antonio Williams, Gary Brightwell, and Jashaun Corbin carried the load.  Corbin had 6 carries for 23 yards, Brightwell had 7 carries for 40 yards, and Antonio Williams had 9 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown.  In total, the Giants rushed for 177 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry.  For me, it was a pleasant surprise to see the Giants backs run north and south and really be the catalyst for the offense.  It made me feel at least a little bit better about the running back room, and hopefully they can continue their good play through the preseason and into the season.

While the running back’s had a good night, one position group that already had some worry, didn’t make anyone feel better.

When you look at the Giants roster, the number 1 concern on everyone’s mind when it came to starters was number 2 corner.  After the game last Thursday, it is still everyone’s number 1 concern.  Aaron Robinson, who is slated to be the Giants starting corner opposite Adoree Jackson, was burnt twice in a row on a fly route, and gave up a touchdown on the same drive.  The lack of depth at corner has also been concerning, and they also didn’t perform very well.  The Patriots continued to throw back shoulder passes and the Giants corners just would not turn around and find the ball.  It is just one preseason game and the Giants have time to turn it around, but it certainly didn’t leave anyone with less of a concern about the position.

The Giants are in the dog days of summer, and are dealing with a number of issues.  The main thing right now is injuries to multiple positons, namely o-line, d-back, and edge rusher.  Going into Sunday’s game against the Bengals, the Giants will look to build on the good, and fix the bad.

Until then, let’s just hope the Giants can add a few bodies, and keep the bodies they already have healthy.

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