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New York Giants Witnessing a “Third String Renaissance” This Preseason

August 19th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Daniel Graham

Over the last few years, we've seen what we can call a “Third String Renaissance” of sorts for the New York Giants. The undrafted free agents make themselves known and have fans, coaches and commentators scratching their heads wondering how they were not picked up by a team in the draft.

Many undrafted players have found success over recent years in the NFL, but it seems that the Giants hit the jackpot more often than not with these players. And it is not just limited to undrafted players; it also goes for those players who have just as good a chance of making the team as the undrafted do.

In three preseason games, we have been witness to a sluggish performance from the Giants’ first team, especially offensively. But when the fourth quarter rolls around and Big Blue is in a troublesome situation, a slight lead and a “W” randomly flashes next to the Giants’ win column.

Against Pittsburgh, third string quarterback Curtis Painter came in for his only real series of the night and led the team down to a game-winning drive, capped off with a touchdown reception in one-on-one coverage by undrafted rookie Corey Washington, who has had a touchdown reception in each of the first three preseason games.

The same can be said about Saturday night. A resounding 26-point deficit with a little over 10 minutes left was what these Giants had to work with. Curtis Painter played ahead of Ryan Nassib for this game and got the team on the board with a touchdown, a passing strike to free agent tight end Kellen Davis. On the Indianapolis Colts’ first play of their ensuing drive, Giants undrafted linebacker Justin Anderson forced a fumble that was recovered in the endzone for a touchdown.

The next offensive drive for the Giants has Ryan Nassib leading the charge and the offense subsequently goes on a 92-yard drive for a touchdown, concluding with a rushing touchdown by Michael Cox. A Colts three-and-out follows and Ryan Nassib and the Giants get the ball back with 3:49 to go. Facing a 4th-and-16 with 1:53 to go, Nassib calmly delivers a strike over the middle to last year’s draft pick tight end Adrien Robinson. Robinson follows that one up with another big reception to get the Giants in the red zone. The comeback is completed when Nassib delivers a jump ball to who else but Corey Washington for the game-winning touchdown.

A lot can be said about team unity and responding to adversity, but we have to remember this is preseason and when the third string is picking up the slack for what the first string put on the field, it’s an uncomfortable situation all around, and as a result fingers will continue to be pointed and the roster will be adjusted accordingly.

But since taking over in 2007, General Manager Jerry Reese has placed an emphasis on the draft and acquiring talent from unfamiliar places. This free agency odyssey Jerry and the Giants took this offseason was the most ambitious for the team in recent memory, but so far this preseason, the “Third String Renaissance” continues to shine brightly on Big Blue’s formula for success.


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14 Responses to “New York Giants Witnessing a “Third String Renaissance” This Preseason”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    what good is all of this if these guys don’t get on the field?

  2.  Kettles78 says:

    I have enjoyed watching some of the 3rd stringers and hopefully some of them stick around and can contribute this year

  3.  rlhjr says:

    There are many posters on this site past and present who have had plenty to say and have had at touch of whimsy that makes paging through the posts a joy. Now, I do enjoy reading FF55, Krow, Kujo, Demo, Norm, Nosh, GOAT56, GIANTT, Samardija, Remy, NC GIANT, JCHARLES and others too numerous to name. One of my new favorites is Fan sicne 1948. I think that’s correct?

    BigBlueGiant, SkinnyDoogan and James Stoll; you three have kept me in stitches for the last few months. Everyone has their own method of expression that cuts through the mundane and hits the target. To do it with frankness AND humor I feel is a gift.

    I am not putting down any other posters because I genuinely like to read everyone’s views. I learn stuff here constantly and appreciate knowledge being dropped.

    I still maintain even though we’ve had a turnover of personnel sort of speak, this is still one of the best if not the best Giants football site anywhere.
    We feature intelligent and funny members. As I’ve said many times, I really like this place.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    I had hoped that Reese overrun the joint with UDFA’s and turn training camp into a everyday struggle for survival.

    That is the only way to “find” diamonds in the rough. And it will build you a damn good batch of special team players.

    Again the name of the game in this incarnation of the NFL is finding and utilizing young players. Once they are seasoned, pay and keep the best of them.
    Some good ball players will leave you, but if you keep the youth poring through the door, you will be in the business of re-loading vice rebuilding.

    The key is letting the young players show their stuff and trusting them.
    Mistakes are going to be made, but the kids are brought in to play, not for window dressing.

    I don’t totally hate Coughlin’s method of having young players come through the ranks, and learning hard lessons from mistakes. An awful lot of what TC attempts to instill in players is missing from today’s society.

    Youngsters are expectant of opportunity just because. They feel “ENTITLED” and in their mind they don’t need to put in the work. A mind set like that creates an unfinished product most likely devoid of the basics. Essentially a house with no foundation. But in this salary capped NFL, the promotion process must be sped.

    Young players have to be trusted, and you have to gain their trust as well.
    It’s a different ball game not only on the field, but in the locker room as well.
    I once saw a video where Coughlin told his team that he loved each of them.
    And he meant it and they knew it.

    That is quite possibly the most important thing Coughlin has ever said in his tenure as Giants head coach. An old dog can learn a new trick or two.

  5.  jahmyrr says:

    My nobodies are more better than your nobodies!

    And here I thought the Mr. Irrelevant trophy went to Lonnie Ballentine.

  6.  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    Look guys the worst that could happen is we pick first in the draft and have a hell of a future. I’s just me at 72 and my brother at 78 we hope we are around to see it. Maybe I should be in the win now mode. Just a thought:There are so many professions and countries that have patron saints. That is what we need.. Nominations are open—–I nominate St. Jude – Patron Saint of lost causes… (that hopefully turn around).

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