Kayvon Thibodeaux’s injury was the scariest. The No. 5 overall pick lying on the MetLife Stadium turf was something people wanted to see, though it appears before Monday’s MR that the giants may have dodged a bullet.
There was also a knee injury to impressive rookie linebacker Darrian Beavers, a concussion suffered by place kicker Graham Gano and a rib injury sustained by CJ Board.
The flip side of that is that some amazing moments come out of these games for players who may never be able to duplicate them in regular season NFL action.
Quarterback Davis Webb and wide receiver Alex Bachman shared such a moment Sunday night.
Webb, drafted in the third round by the Giants in 2017, never got a chance in New York — dumped by a new regime for Kyle Lauletta a year later. Following GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll of the Buffalo Bills back to the Giants, Webb went 22 of 27 for 204 yards and threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Giants came back twice in the final 15 minutes.
“He was in pretty good command,” Daboll said. “He’s been in this offense, he hasn’t been in it for six months, he’s been doing it for years. He has full control over what we do.
“Davis has a full understanding of what we run, how we run it, we know what he likes. It’s time invested. Three years of time invested with a player, that goes a long way.”
Much of Webb’s second-half success came throwing the ball to Bachman, who has spent most of his time with the Giants since 2019 on the practice squad. In all that time, he only appeared in four regular-season games.
On Sunday, Webb targeted Bachman 14 times in just two quarters of action. The 6-foot, 190-pound 26-year-old responded with 11 receptions for 122 yards, catching touchdown passes of 22 and 15 yards, the latter of which was the game-winner with :35 to play.
Bachman said the 11 catches were more than he had in any game in college at Wake Forest.
“I’m kind of speechless,” Bachman said. “My parents [Leslie and David Bachman] was in the stands. I’m glad they were here. I was just grateful to have a few opportunities for the staff to believe in me.
“They kept calling plays where I knew Davis was going to feed me the ball.”
Bachman, trying to shake the perception of being a practice squad “emergency” player and make the 53-man roster, also had an 11-yard punt return and a solo tackle on kick coverage.
Bachman said he had a lot of “built up emotion” after his time with the Giants.
“It wasn’t always smooth sailing,” Bachman said of his time with the Giants. “We haven’t won many games since I’ve been here and I haven’t had many chances. I’m just a guy who always kept his mouth shut and worked, just hoped for an opportunity. That opportunity came tonight.”
Bachman was even more thrilled with the special teams tackle he made after his first touchdown, tackling Bengals kick returner Kwame Lassiter at the 17-yard line.
“I was waiting for T-Mac [special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey] let me loose,” Bachman said. “I’ve been in scout team kicking for three years now.”
Maybe the special night they had Sunday won’t mean anything once the regular season rolls around. It was, however, one of those things we love about the preseason – unexpected heroes getting a moment in the sun.
I don’t want to spoil ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’, but here are some quick ‘things on my mind’ after Sunday’s game.
- I think the news might not be good for Beavers after he undergoes his MRI on Monday, and I know I will feel terrible for him if my suspicion is confirmed. He is a handsome young man and has shown signs of potentially becoming a good player.
- I don’t think any of the Giants’ backup cornerbacks have distinguished themselves.
- I think the improvised offensive lines – both the first and second half groups – deserve massive props. No sacks and just two quarterback hits in 54 pass attempts. Amazing, considering what the giants were working with.
- I think it was fun watching punter Jamie Gillan kick field goals and extra points, and Julian Love catches for the first time ever, but I hope it never comes to that in a regular-season game.
- I think it was interesting to see David Sills get first-team reps, and catch five passes from Daniel Jones for 56 yards. There is an obvious comfort between the two that cannot – or should not – be dismissed.