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Rookie Report: how the rookies played against the Detroit Lions

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The New York Giants had to play without Saquon Barkley in their preseason game against the Detroit Lions Youth Evan Engram Jersey , but the other rookies on the roster got a chance to make an impact. Just about every rookie got more playing time than they did in Week 1 regardless of where they stand on the roster.Let’s take a look at how they did Friday night in Detroit.Will Hernandez, OL26 offensive snaps (44 percent)Hernandez and the starting offensive line got a lot more run in the second preseason game. While some parts of the line had their struggles against the Lions, Hernandez had a much better showing than in his debut against the Browns.On the first pass play of the game, Hernandez picked up a delayed stunt among the defensive tackles that allowed Davis Webb time to complete a 10-yard pass to Rhett Ellison.On the following drive, the Giants tried to pick up a first down on the ground on a 2nd and 1. They ran behind Hernandez, who pushed Sylvester Williams all the way back and to the ground to complete the play.At the end of the first quarter the Lions ran another stunt, this time with an end and tackle against Hernandez and Nate Solder. Again Hernandez picked it up, though pressure was allowed on the other side of the line. Communication and comfortability between Hernandez and Solder on the left side of the line appears to already be what Giants had hoped.Lorenzo Carter, LB29 defensive snaps (39 percent)Carter was much more active against the run, but still had some issues on pass plays when he was lined up as strictly a pass rusher. He did have a sack on a 3rd and 5 called back because of a questionable lowering the head penalty on Mark Herzlich, who was the second defender in on the hit. Carter would have picked up the sack on his own had Herzlich not also gotten to the quarterback. It helped that Lions quarterback Jake Rudock did back himself into a deeper drop than his left tackle was expecting, but good on Carter to recognize that and get outside of Taylor Decker.B.J. Hill, DL11 defensive snaps (14 percent)For the second straight game., B.J. Hill barely played. But not barely played in a bad way — he was with the starting defensive line that was rotated out quicker than the other first-team units on the field. Hill’s 11 snaps were the second fewest on defense ahead of only William Gay’s seven, though they were right in line with Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson, who both played 13.Hill did make an impact on the limited snaps, though, and had a quarterback hit working as a defensive tackle in a four man front. He snuck through two blocks on a stunt with Kerry Wynn to rush a pass on a third down.Kyle Lauletta, QB18 offensive snaps (31 percent)Somehow Lauletta only threw five passes on the night and three of them were badly overthrown. He did have a sixth when he ran to his right off play-action and threw a jump pass back to his left Youth Will Hernandez Jersey , but that ball was underthrown and caused a defensive pass interference penalty.The three sailed passes were troubling and not particularly close to being completed. Though after one on second down, he came back to step up in the pocket and deliver a strike to Jerell Adams on third down.Of course the highlight of Lauletta’s night was the 10-yard scramble for a touchdown off a play-action bootleg where he made multiple Lions miss on his way to the end zone.Still, it was a disappointing performance and amount of playing time for the quarterback who flashed the most during the first preseason game.Grant Haley, CB60 defensive snaps (78 percent)The coaching staff clearly wanted to get Haley some time on the field. His 60 snaps led the defensive by a fair amount — Mark Herzlich had the second-most snaps at 45 and Ray-Ray Armstrong was third at 35. But Haley’s night was long enough to experience quite and few ups and downs. Earlier in his night, he allowed a completion on a comeback from Marvin Jones and a completion to T.J. Jones while he was all over the receiver. He was also behind Jones on the pass that bounced off the the receivers hands, but Haley was there to deflect the ball up into Ray-Ray Armstrong’s arms for an interception.Haley was also victim to the referees letting some physical play from the wide receivers go uncalled. A touchdown to T.J. Jones should have been called offensive pass interference with an extended push well past the five-yard gace area.There were some other hits and misses during the game. Haley’s great at reading plays in front of him and breaking in off his man on a ball carrier. He did that a few times during the game, but one came with a missed tackle. He also had a nice pass breakup late in the game in the end zone.Robert Martin, RB14 offensive snaps (24 percent)Martin had the most impressive night of the running backs, nothing against Wayne Gallman. Over the two preseason games, Martin has been the best running back at reading the line in front of him. He had a 16-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a nice bounce outside when the middle was clogged.It’s still yet to be known if the Giants will keep more than three running backs — Jonathan Stewart’s lackluster performance might be more influential there than those of the potential fourth backs — but Martin has made the case it should be him if that roster spot is open.Sean Chandler, S29 defensive snaps (38 percent)Chandler made three tackles on the night, all of which were in cleanup duty of missed plays in front of him. His tackles came after gains of 16, 7, and 26 yards. If he’s going to make the team it will be on special teams, but after a nice game on that unit in Week 1, he didn’t make any plays there against Detroit.Mike Basile, DB12 defensive snaps (16 percent)Basile, an undrafted free agent of of Monmouth University in New Jersey and alum of Brick Memorial High School (go Mustangs!), was signed last week and got some run at the end of the game. He was credited with a sack Youth B.J. Hill Jersey , but it reality it was a nice play across the field to cut off Jake Rudock from scoring on a scramble to the corner of the end zone. As quickly as a Week 3 win against the Houston Texans gave hope for the New York Giants, a 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints took it away. The defense played bend but don’t break for as long as it could and until the bend was too much and the offense looked like it did during the first two weeks of the season. The Giants now sit at 1-3, a record that brings an average of 6.2 wins and a 14 percent chance at the playoffs.These are the plays that helped change the loss to New Orleans, by Win Probability Added (WPA) and Expected Points Added (EPA). Explainers here (WPA) and here (EPA). Both WPA and EPA presented from the perspective of the offense.Fake punt - 6:59, first quarterEPA: 3.61 | WPA: 11.6 percentTaysom Hill made his presence felt in this game. He returned the opening kick, he had four carries for 28 yards taking advantage of the Giants’ struggles against the read option, and was at quarterback for one of those option plays on an Alvin Kamara touchdown. His biggest contribution, though, was his pass on a fake punt midway through the first quarter.The Saints faced fourth-and-2 from their own 33-yard line, a place where most numbers wouldn’t suggest a typical conversion attempt. But with Hill as a backup quarterback/special teams ace, the Saints trusted him to throw a good pass and they picked up the first down. Instead of giving the ball to the Giants, the Saints picked up the first down, kept the drive alive, and eventually scored a field goal. Beckham behind the line - 11:47, second quarterEPA: minus-2.12 | WPA: minus-6.91 percentThrowing short of the sticks has been a recurring theme for the Giants offense and it popped up again against New Orleans. Per Next Gen Stats, only Russell Wilson (minus-5.4) had an average pass travel further behind the first down line than Eli Manning (minus-2.9) in Week 4. That’s a problem, especially on third down.On this third-and-11, Manning hit Odell Beckham on a crossing route just 2 yards past the line of scrimmage (9 yards behind the first down marker). After a quick bobble, Beckham was immediately met by defenders and he tried to make something happen Youth Saquon Barkley Jersey , but it turned into an eventual 8-yard loss. The Giants were forced to punt.Gallman’s fumble - 4:45, second quarterEPA: minus-6.7 | WPA: minus-20.3 percentThe Giants defense had been holding tight when needed. The Saints had two trips to the red zone at this point, but just two field goals to show for it. However, the Giants couldn’t take advantage of those red zone stops and that would come back to bite them on the biggest win probability swing of the game. It was only 7-6 when Manning dumped the ball off to Wayne Gallman on a first-and-10 near midfield. Gallman was immediately hit by P.J. Williams and the ball was knocked out and picked up by Marshon Lattimore, who almost ran it in for a touchdown if not for the effort of Eli Manning.Lattimore only got to the 11-yard line, but the Saints would eventually kick another field goal for a 9-7 lead — one they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. A quick three-and-out by the Giants on the following drive was followed by a fourth Saints field goal to make the score 12-7 just before the half. Demario Davis sack No. 1 - 11:59, third quarterEPA: minus-2.36 | WPA: minus-8.36 percentThe Giants allowed three sacks on the day — the fewest since Week 1 — but all three had big consequences, including the final strip sack that officially sealed the game. The first sack came early in the third quarter on a second-and-5 from the Giants’ 42.With the Giants in an empty formation, New Orleans ran a blitz with Demario Davis right up the middle. Center John Greco was not quick enough to pick it up and Davis blew right through the middle to bring Manning down. The sack turned second-and-5 into third-and-14 and an eventual punt.Kamara’s kickstart - 10:33, third quarterEPA: 1.68 | WPA: 6 percentNew Orleans broke its field goal streak on the next drive with a touchdown. All of that was set up by a big run by Alvin Kamara on the first play. The Saints ran a toss to the right that Kamara cut up the field and turned into a gain of 18 yards.The run preceded a few more big plays — a 15-yard pass to Michael Thomas and a 23-yard pass to Ben Watson — and the seven-play, 80-yard drive was capped off with a 9-yard Kamara touchdown run. Barkley’s big run - 5:53, third quarterEPA: 2.33 | WPA: 4.79 percentThe Giants attempted their comeback on the next drive — the catalyst of that was Saquon Barkley’s 28-yard run on a first-and-10 from the Giants’ own 23. Barkley took a play that was designed up the middle, bounced it out to the left edge and wasn’t touched by a defender until he was pushed out of bounds. The run got the Giants to midfield, but the drive would eventually stall for a field goal.This was Barkley’s fourth straight game of at least 100 yards from scrimmage, but there hasn’t been enough around him for any of it to matter. Barkley had positive EPA on his 10 carries (0.63), but he had a 40 percent success rate and minus-1.87 percent WPA on those runs. Barkley is doing his best, but it’s still not helping Giants win games with the other issues on offense.Demario Davis sack No. 2 - 14:17, fourth quarterEPA: minus-2.52 | WPA: minus-5.75 percentDemario Davis’s second sack of the day had a bigger impact than the first. This one came early in the fourth quarter and on a third down. It was third-and-6 on the Giants’ 35. New Orleans ran a delayed stunt around left tackle Nate Solder. Davis initially looked as if he was going to rush up the middle again, but instead bounced outside around Solder , who could not disengage and pass off Alex Okafor quickly enough. Davis made his way into the backfield, took down Manning again, and forced a punt with the Giants trailing by nine.Conversion to Kamara - 12:41, fourth quarterEPA: 2.49 | WPA: 6.31 percentThere was a chance at a stop on the next drive. New Orleans faced a third-and-9 from their own 27, but a quick swing pass to Alvin Kamara gained 11 yards and kept the Saints offense on the field. Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong had a line on Kamara, but he slowed down when he neared the back and the hesitation was just enough for Kamara to speed past him for a first down.With the drive still alive, the Saints drove down the field and scored on a four-yard Kamara run to bring the score to 26-10. Deep to Shepard - 4:18, fourth quarterEPA: 2.49 | WPA: 6.31 percentThe Giants weren’t completely done, though. They answered with a touchdown drive of their own — 10 plays, 75 yards in 3:03. The most impactful play of the drive was a strike to Sterling Shepard on a third-and-9 from the Saints’ 21. It was easily the best throw Manning made all day.Shepard ran a corner route from the middle of a bunch on the right side of the line with Rhett Ellison and Russell Shepard. The formation allowed Shepard to get a step on cornerback Ken Crawley and Manning placed the ball beautifully over the defender to get Shepard down to the 2-yard line. Barkley would score on a leap over the line one play later.Kamara clinches it - 2:16, fourth quarterEPA: 4.88 | WPA: 2.98 percentWith four minutes and three timeouts remaining, the Giants kicked deep to the Saints hoping for a defensive stand to get the ball back. That stand quickly turned into a sit. On a third-and-8, the Saints got a first down by a defensive pass interference penalty charged to Donte Deayon. Then on the sixth play of the drive, Kamara took a handoff right up the middle, thwarted a poor tackle attempt by Curtis Riley, and went 49 yards for a game-clinching touchdown with the final score of 33-18.

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