Once more into the breach; at least for the preseason version of the BEast report.
NY Jets 24
NY Giants 21 (OT)
- Our friends from the Big Apple were not fortunate enough to escape their dress rehearsal game without suffering a serious injury to a starter. Safety Stevie Brown has been lost for the season with an ACL tear suffered when he picked off an errant pass from the Jets Geno Smith. Brown, who was untouched, collapsed to the MetLife Stadium carpet having gotten his foot caught in the turf. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Mundy will likely assume the starting roll, however; there is speculation that New York might resign Kenny Phillips, who was released by the Eagles around the same time that Brown was lost for the season. Phillips was the man that Brown replaced during the 2012 season. Ed Valentine has more on the G-men's interest in Phillips here.
- On the subject of the New York secondary and ACL injuries, Giants fans did get some good news during the Jets game. Terrell Thomas returned to the field after suffering consecutive season ending ACL tears in 2011 and 2012.
- Jason Pierre-Paul has been removed from the PUP list and has started to work himself into game shape. According to JPP, the pain that limited him last season and forced him to undergo off season surgery is completely gone. Pierre-Paul is still not ready to commit to being ready to play on opening night in Dallas and it appears that GM Jerry Reese now agrees. He told the media that they only person who will be involved in the decision on when the pass rushing beast returns will be JPP. Kelsey O'Donnell from Big Blue View gives us Pierre-Paul's take on when he will return:
"I'm not trying to rush," said JPP. "A back is a serious thing. A back surgery is a serious thing and you can't try to come back too early. You'll mess it up even more. I'm just trying to take it day by day."
- Recent injuries have hampered the Giants offensive line. With two projected starters down, the Giants have been looking for some workable answers and, as of yet; they have not found any that they are happy with. Here Ed Valentine from BBV gives us a look at just how limited the Giants options are.
- On offense the Giants have looked anemic this preseason, and Eli Manning does not appear to have shaken off the rust. Eli went 8 for 20 on Saturday night and passed for just over 80 yards. He also missed a wide open Hakeem Nicks in the endzone. As a team, the Giants only converted three of 18 third down attempts. Eli had this to say:
"(As an offense) we have to play better. We have to be better in the red zone and convert on third downs, so there's some room for improvement," Manning said.
- Dan Connor has been named as the starting middle linebacker in New York. Need I elaborate?
Washington Redskins 30
- As many of you know, Rex Grossman has once again assumed the mantle as the QB of the Redskins. Don't get your hopes up, with the pending return of Bobby Trey and the fact that Kirk Cousins' MRI showed no serious damage, Rex will soon return to his role as the starting clipboard carrier in Washington. In the meantime I can report that, despite the impressive numbers on the scoreboard, Rexy is still Rexy.
- Since we are discussing Washington's quarterbacks, lets move on to the biggest topic in the nations capital; Robert Griffin III's knee. Dr. James Andrews will clear him to play in the opener against the Eagles, provided he does not experience any flare ups. Speaking with ESPN, Griffin had this to say:
"I would say I'm 100 percent, but you can't put a number on it," he told 980's Kevin Sheehan. "No one ever knows when they are 100 percent or what percentage they're playing at. The biggest thing is, I'm not below 100 percent."
- It looks like the Skins may have their own version of Cole Beasley. Aldrick Robinson is a 5' 10" 178 pound slot receiver out of SMU who has shown a penchant for catching everything that comes his way during training camp. Mark Tyler of Hogs Haven tells us why Robinson was the main cog in the passing attack during the dress rehearsal.
- Ten year veteran Donte Stallworth was released by Washington, making him the first significant player that the club released. Joining the team after the 2012 season, Stallworth was brought in to be injury insurance in case Pierre Garcon was not able to take the field. Ironically the player who was brought in as a hedge against injury spent a great deal of his time fighting hamstring injuries himself.
- The Redskins primary punt returner and reserve defensive back Richard Crawford has been lost due to damage to all three ligaments in his knee. The injury came when Crawford was attempting to make something out of nothing on a punt return. Not only are the Skins out a dymanic return man, but Richard had been making tremendous strides as a defensive player.
- The Bills game was a 50/50 performance for the Skins rookie defensive backs. Bacarri Rambo rebounded nicely from his first two games, and actually looked like he belonged on the football field. On the other hand, David Amerson regressed. He got burned early, and then seemed like he could not shake the play off. He also started to show some hesitation in coverage. UKRedskin tells us more.
Philadelphia Eagles 31
- The Eagles who are struggling in the defensive secondary have released former New York Giant safety Kenny Phillips, as was alluded to earlier. He had missed the last two preseason games with a quadriceps injury. If Phillips can pass a physical, we just may see him in a blue jersey this season after all.
- After trading Felix Jones to Pittsburgh, now the discussion turns to another running back. Bryce Brown, once assumed to be be the second fiddle to Shady McCoy, is now being discussed as an expendable asset. The reason being a tendency to fumble. Brandon Lee Gowton at Bleeding Green Nation gives us a look at the issue and why he thinks that the Eagles can afford to part company with Brown.
- The Eagles offensive line, which I had previously judged to be a strength, was terrible in the dress rehearsal game. Michael Vick faced pressure all night from the Jags defense, and was forced into throwing two interceptions, not that he needs much help. The line was equally poor in run blocking. Mike Kaye has a further break down here.
- Stopping the run continues to be an issue for the Eagles defense. Through three games the team is allowing opponents to average 175 yards on the ground per game. From Philly.com we have these quotes that I cannot help but share with my fellow Dallas fans:
After the Patriots ran the Eagles through the Veg-o-Matic, the first-team defense showed some improvement in the second exhibition game against the Panthers. But it regressed against a Jaguars team that many believe could be picking No. 1 in the 2014 draft.
The issues on run defense are threefold: up front, at linebacker, and in the secondary.
- What I find interesting is that Philly fans are trying hard to convince themselves that, with Chip Kelly's offense, having a defense is not necessary to be a winner. Check this out from BGN.
- To conclude the look at our feathered friends here is a link to demonstrate how Kelly intends to seek out new players for his defense. Thanks JimmyK.
To conclude our preseason "intelligence gathering" we turn, for the final time to Sun Tzu.
All warfare is based on deception. There is no place where espionage is not used. Offer the enemy bait to lure him. Sun-Tzu