Best and Worst: Patriots 17, Giants 12
A LITTLE LOOSE WITH IT
Wide receiver Devin Lucien, who had a solid start to the preseason, failed to haul in a third-down dart thrown by Danny Etling at the end of the Patriots first drive.
HEY IT’S THAT GUY!
Kyle Lauletta, a quarterback out of Richmond that we all figured would be high on the Patriots wish list during April’s draft, started the game for the Giants. He completed his first attempt, a well-thrown ball under duress. We were all wrong.
BUTLER AT YOUR SERVICE
Defensive tackle Adam Butler continued a pretty solid camp by plowing through a would-be double-team and forcing an incompletion by Lauletta on the Giants second drive.
The Giants had a pair of lowering the head personal penalties on the Patriots first scoring drive. The first one, on the sideline, was a layup. The second, a 1-on-1 tackle made by Mark Herzlich, was not as clear-cut but even though his head was somewhat to the side, the crown was down.
J.C. STILL ROLLING
Corner J.C. Jackson furthered his outstanding case for making the 53 with a pick near the end of the first.
Danny Etling had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide after a broken play left him with the ball and nobody to hand it to during the first half. So he fell. Got up. Ran in a small arc. And got through the play without getting demolished.
K.J. MAYE HERE!
Danny Etling ran a little bootleg and found wide receiver K.J. Maye for a big gain early in the second half to set up a Ralph Webb touchdown fling from
Etling. Decent bounce back from Etling, who was laboring at the end of the first half.
OOPS, MISSED HIM
A 41-yard catch-and-run touchdown should have been a 31-yard catch-and-run gain were it not for some woeful tackling by J.C. Jackson and A.J. Moore.
Danny Etling doesn’t dial it up often but he did early in the second quarter and dropped a perfect deep ball into the arms of Paul Turner. Who dropped it.
Ulrick John was forced from the game with a foot injury in the first half which was a bad deal for a player who is on the bubble for a roster spot
Paul Turner had a drop on a slant late in the third quarter that cost the Patriots a third-down conversion.
RUN, DANNY. RUN!
Danny Etling woke everyone up with an electrifying 86-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.