Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 8/11/12
Eli Manning prepares to pass in the First Qrt of the New York Giants preseason game against the Jaguars in Jacksonville on August 11, 2012. Photo courtesy of Douglas Jones- US PRESSWIRE

Frank Gray
BGB Editor

The New York Giants took to the field for the first time since hoisting the Lombardi trophy last February. It was their first game of the preseason. It was the first chance to see the rookies that GM Jerry Reese drafted in April and the new additions that he signed in the following months. The end result on the scoreboard between the Jacksonville Jaguars and our beloved Giants was not indicative of the real story.

Eli Manning had only eight passing attempts in limited snaps. He completed four for 60 yards. The running game was still non-existent among the starters. Ahmad Bradshaw had only 12 yards on four carries. Rookie David Wilson stole the show with great bursts of speed early on on his way to 43 yards on seven carries.

Martellus Bennet looks like he has an early inside track on the starting Tight End job. His 27 yards and three catches were impressive, one of which was for a Giants TD. Rueben Randle had a good showing in his first game with Big Blue. He had two catches for 27 yards and a TD.

Both of those previously mentioned TDs were thrown by David Carr who is fighting for his life to keep the role of backup to Manning. The defense was dominant early. They showed how deep they are at all positions and applied pressure from snap to whistle on every play the starters were in for.

For all the good, there was a bit of bad too. The secondary looked suspect. Particularly Prince Amukamara. The Jaguars attacked his side repeatedly. He held his own for the most part, but did allow a TD to the opposing starters.

Fumbles by rookie Jayron Hosley, who had a strong showing in the return game, and Jerrel Jernigan led to major turn overs that helped the Jaguars stay in the game and eventually win it in the end.  The final score was Jacksonville 32, our Giants 31.

The Giants drop to 0-1 so far this preseason and prepare for their annual preseason meeting with the New York Jets in what is virtually a third home game. It should be noted that the record in preseason, though, should not matter. It does not come into play when assessing or measuring how good or how ready a team is for week one of the NFL season.

The more pressing matters this time of year is filling out the rosters, forging a chemistry with the new roster, working on techniques to limit mistakes, strengthen various facets of the team, to work on plays and system changes and most importantly, to stay healthy.

By those measures, this game was a step in the right direction. It's good to get those fumbling issues and bad penalties out in the open early so they can be recognized and perfected at this point, not by November when the team is 4-5.  The starters looked good and healthy. They looked confident and competent in their roles.

The backups need to work on their roles and executing effectively in those roles. For the most part, it is a game that we, as fans, can take some solace in the fact that at least they get the kinks out now. Let's be thankful it doesn't count against us in the grand scheme of the season.

At least one thing is for sure, football is back and the World Champion New York Giants are too!!

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