The bye week did the New York Giants good.
Through the first seven games, they managed to score more than 20 points just twice, never topping 27. They beat that mark early in the third quarter of Sunday’s 28-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rookie running back Paul Perkins also split reps with starter Rashad Jennings as the Giants increased the roles of several young players on both sides of the ball. Perkins said he didn’t know prior to the contest that he would receive more snaps and carries. He had a career-high with 14 touches in Sunday’s victory.
“Coach likes to keep it fresh. Everybody has to prepare like a starter and prepare like we’re going to get a lot of reps, so that is what we all do,” Perkins said. “Not surprise[d], but just ready for the moment.”
This appears to be the way the Giants are headed. Their young players are going to be further integrated. Even rookie linebacker B.J. Goodson snuck in for a few defensive snaps.
McAdoo has said on multiple occasions the Giants are not going to be afraid to play young players. But those weren’t the only changes.
The Giants used six offensive linemen on a handful of plays and also moved their wide receivers around more than they had early in the season. Beckham took more snaps in the slot Sunday than any other game this season.
“We did some good things. Hit a couple of big plays, hit a post, hit [Sterling] Shepard on the touchdown. We were much better in the red and green zone areas, scoring touchdowns. We converted some nice third downs,” Manning said. “There were things that were positive and, hey, you’re always in a process of improving, getting better. We have to be better on some third downs, too many negative plays where we’re going backward and putting ourselves in a bind. Overall, I thought we did some good things against a good defense.”