Save for the offensive line, there aren't many question marks about the New York Giants offense going into the 2012 regular season. However, that doesn't mean there aren't things to be learned, and that certainly proved to be the case on Friday night against the Chicago Bears. Several future stars flashed their stuff when given an opportunity, while other veterans proved there may still be some gas left in the tank.
Hello David Wilson
Not much to say about Wilson's coming out party. We all saw it. And while all Giants fans are glad the first round pick is looking like a first round pick so far, none will be happier than the angry mob that wants to run D.J. Ware out of town. Ware probably has a pretty firm grip on that 3rd down job, but Wilson looks like he's going to be behind Ahmad Bradshaw on the depth chart sooner rather than later.
The Giants seemed to have Wilson cutting back more than we're used to seeing from the team and we suppose that has something to do with utilizing Wilson's speed. Any which way, it looks like this kid is going to be real fun fun to watch.
One guy I was interested in keeping an eye in this game was Locklear, and I was surprised by how well he played. Didn't see him get beat in pass protection and he totally sealed his man off on a few of Wilson's nice runs. With Beatty's back issues and David Diehl getting to that stage where decline creeps in quickly, Locklear's number is likely to be called at some point this year and, at least from the main dress rehearsal, he looks up to the part.
As for the rest of the offensive line, things looked a little better than they have the first two preseason weeks. Running lanes were opened up for Wilson, who started, and Eli had plenty of time to throw. Those are two luxuries Eli Manning's offensive line rarely afforded him last season.
Eli Manning is ready to go
Speaking of Manning, he was 17 for 21 for 148 yards and a touchdown last night against the Bears' starters, taking the team to a 17-7 lead in the first half. Manning seems to be in midseason form. With new toys in Martellus Bennett, Reuben Randle and David Wilson, Manning's career year last year might only be the beginning.
Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott
Brown seems ahead of Scott on the depth chart so far in preseason (at least, he's getting in the games earlier and seeing more work) but if there's one position where it's hard to read into preseason reps, running back is it. It would be hard to see Scott not make the cut after the explosiveness he showed last year in preseason and he outperformed Brown last night. It doesn't seem as if the Giants will have the luxury of keeping 5 running backs, so something's got to give.
For what it's worth, couch Coughlin praised Scott (who blocked a punt) after the game. "[He showed us] his speed and versatility. I think that we've ben able to utilize him on special teams and we'll continue to do that, but he has the outstanding speed and he has enough size and power to where he can contribute."
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