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Rookies standing out - Am I dreaming???

dep026 : 8/9/2019 9:05 am
Its been way too long since we had rookies from later rounds contribute immediately and showed they may belong in the league. Yes, it was only 1 preseason game, but its hard not to be excited on how clear the rookies were not overwhelmed by game situations.

1. Jones - what else is there to say? He was fantastic.
2. Lawrence - Did a lot of dirty work. Took on a lot of double teams.
3. Baker - outside an iffy PI, you didnt even know he was in the game.
4. X-Man - was able to get a few pressures. Skillset is there.
5. Connolly - Might have been our best defensive player. All over the place.
6. Ballentine - good KO return, coverage, and a beautiful INT. PI could have easily been avoided. He will learn.
7. Slayton - got in the backfield a few plays I saw.

And lets not forget our UNDFA
1. Reggie White JR. made some really nice catches.
2. Jake Carlock - pick 6 on a really nice play, and a sack.

Overall, other than Love - who struggled a bit - the rookies showed they arent going anywhere!
Good thread. If it turns out that we had two very good drafts in a  
Ira : 8/9/2019 9:08 am : link
row, the future is very bright for this team.
...  
Toth029 : 8/9/2019 9:10 am : link
But does Gettleman have a plan?
We have certainly had  
crick n NC : 8/9/2019 9:11 am : link
A ton of negative outcomes over the years it's nice to have some positive outcomes.

Us Manning fans are supposed to be sour over Jones' positive plays though

So in that regard, Jones was throwing floaters!

Seriously, sans the delay, fun night of football!
RE: ...  
j_rud : 8/9/2019 9:13 am : link
In comment 14524142 Toth029 said:
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But does Gettleman have a plan?


Gettleman last night...

In a draft where Gettleman was abused  
Chris684 : 8/9/2019 9:13 am : link
and mocked as a stubborn and senile old man he did the following:

Drafted 2 day 1 defensive starters in Lawrence and Baker, plus very possibly 1 more in Connelly.

2 more who are sure to contribute this year in Ballentine and X-Man.

And, oh by the way, brought in what looks to be the future QB of the New York Giants.
Connolly...  
BamaBlue : 8/9/2019 9:15 am : link
looked good at the LOS and was in position to make some tackles on runs that he was able to disrupt, but not make the tackle. The one area he seems to need work is in the seam. The Jets second TD came at Connolly's expense, because he wasn't quick enough to move to his left.

He's shown that he's got some quickness and understands his position. There's a big upside to this kid...
Yeah Banks  
crick n NC : 8/9/2019 9:17 am : link
Excitement for Connelly has me pretty freaking excited since he knows the position
RE: ...  
Ivan15 : 8/9/2019 9:17 am : link
In comment 14524142 Toth029 said:
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But does Gettleman have a plan?


Yes the plan is to pick guys who fit your offensive and defensive philosophies instead of physical specimens without experience.
You forgot Love  
Matt in SGS : 8/9/2019 9:52 am : link
who I was watching from the stands and he did a good job on his guys when he locked up with them, had a nice pass breakup if I recall too.
Just preseason  
ryanmkeane : 8/9/2019 10:26 am : link
...but seems like Gettleman knows how to draft good character guys who really enjoy playing football. Love to see the young guys flying around out there
RE: You forgot Love  
BlueLou'sBack : 8/9/2019 10:29 am : link
In comment 14524244 Matt in SGS said:
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who I was watching from the stands and he did a good job on his guys when he locked up with them, had a nice pass breakup if I recall too.


For my money from my seat in the stands, Love looked better than Baker. More comfortable playing his assignments.
Love had a rough opening series...  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 8/9/2019 10:30 am : link
But played better afterwards.
Ximines will get there  
Rjanyg : 8/9/2019 10:32 am : link
I was watching his hand technique and boy does he have good hands. He needs to work on his get off, looked a bit slow at times.

I am thinking he will be more productive when Betcher gets more creative with his blitzes allowing our ER to knife inside and counter. There was an emphasis on setting the edge and containment. Very vanilla.

Jones, Lawrence, Baker, Love, Connelly, Ballentine, Slayton, White, Carlock, Gates all looked solid to me.
Alex Wesley looked good too.  
BlueLou'sBack : 8/9/2019 10:35 am : link
I don't even recall hearing he practiced!!!

He is quick in/out of breaks and smooth and was open but his QBS missed him more than once.

Something about him reminded me of Lionel Manuel.

Want to see more of him.

TJ Jones too could make the roster too.
RE: Love had a rough opening series...  
Dankbeerman : 8/9/2019 10:55 am : link
In comment 14524327 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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But played better afterwards.


He got crossed up bad on the 3rd down play but Im wondering if him bouncing between Saftey and Slot messed him up on his responsibility on that play.

He reacted very much the same as peppers did, and im not sure who was playing saftey and who was slot on the play as they mixed up the looks.

And then he and Baker have to play the pick better. But those 2 blips are easy to correct and tolerable for 2 rookies.
Also Salyton flashed  
Dankbeerman : 8/9/2019 10:57 am : link
getting in the backfeild. Havent heard his name all camp was surprised how early he was i the rotation and making an impact.
I didn't watch the second half  
Metnut : 8/9/2019 11:03 am : link
Happy to see that Slayton played. Didn't realize he'd be back so fast. I thought he was injured.
RE: I didn't watch the second half  
dep026 : 8/9/2019 11:09 am : link
In comment 14524460 Metnut said:
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Happy to see that Slayton played. Didn't realize he'd be back so fast. I thought he was injured.


Thats darius you are thinking of. Chris Slayton our 7th rounder frfom Syracuse got some good PT.
I'm more bullish on Love...  
bw in dc : 8/9/2019 11:10 am : link
than Baker. Baker's thin frame and average speed could be problematic.
RE: I didn't watch the second half  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/9/2019 11:20 am : link
In comment 14524460 Metnut said:
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Happy to see that Slayton played. Didn't realize he'd be back so fast. I thought he was injured.


You're thinking of the wrong Slayton.
Most impressive to me....  
HoustonGiant : 8/9/2019 1:49 pm : link
was Lawrence. He HAS to be double teamed. The few times he was one-on-one he just pushed his man into the backfield.
Now if Big George and Slayton can get healthy ....  
Spider56 : 8/9/2019 2:36 pm : link
The list might even be longer
RE: Most impressive to me....  
BlueLou'sBack : 8/10/2019 12:25 pm : link
In comment 14524734 HoustonGiant said:
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was Lawrence. He HAS to be double teamed. The few times he was one-on-one he just pushed his man into the backfield.


Impressive yes, but we knew that already about Dex, no?
Great thread dep  
5BowlsSoon : 8/10/2019 1:15 pm : link
And donít forget DSlayton was injured. Iím still drooling over his possibilities.
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