New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas nailed four field goal attempts, including the game-winning 48-yarder as time expired to give the Giants a 40-38 win over the New England Patriots in both teams’ preseason finale.
Rosas, who has been in a kicking competition with veteran Mike Nugent, likely wrapped up the job with his performance. The youngster, who has yet to kick in a regular season game, nailed all his field goal attempts this preseason, none bigger than his game-winner Thursday night against the defending Super Bowl champions.
“I knew I was probably going to get another chance and Davis Webb did a great job of getting us down the field,” Rosas said. “I was grateful to get another shot and come through for my team when they needed me.”
The Giants’ come from behind victory was made possible thanks to the calm leadership of rookie quarterback Davis Webb, who in the span of 44 seconds, drove the team downfield on a seven-play, 45-yard drive.
The Giants and Patriots, who as they usually do I this final preseason tune-up, sat their starting players to get a look at the depth players.
The Giants backups clearly outclassed the Patriots’ in several areas including a preseason high 141 rushing yards (to New England’s 86), and 343 net passing yards as the Giants walked away the victors of the time of possession.
In addition to likely settling the kicker battle, the Giants brass likely gained clarity on the backup quarterback situation. Geno Smith, who started the game, finished 10 of 11 pass attempts for 111 yards and a touchdown, capping a fine preseason in which he showed an ability to move the ball.
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Josh Johnson, his competition who has struggled this summer, had his best game of the preseason, completing 11 of 14 passes for 135 and one touchdown.
Other Giants who might have helped their case include tight end Matt LaCosse, who recorded two touchdown passes and who caught all five of his pass targets for a team-leading 60 yards, and linebacker J.T. Thomas, playing in his first extended game action following last week’s return against the Jets.
“(The tight ends) certainly made it tough on us tonight,” head coach Ben McAdoo said, adding that the team wasn’t ruling out keeping four tight ends and a fullback.
Thomas, who likely won himself a place on the roster as a backup linebacker, finished third on the team in tackles with four. He also forced a fumble
“J.T. has made a little bit of progress each and every day,” McAdoo said after the game. “It was good to see him out there today in this ball game. To be involved in the turnover was good to see.”
On the flip side, it was a rough night for a few Giants players thought to be on the bubble. Safety Nat Berhe, on the Patriots’ first scoring drive, a 9-yard pass from Jacob Brissett to Chris Hollister to cap a 6-play, 35-yard drive, appeared to miss three tackles on that drive, including the one on which Hollister scored.
Tight end Will Tye, who finished second on the team behind LaCosse in receptions (four) and receiving yards (48), also got off to a rough start on New York’s opening drive when he fumbled the ball away to the Patriots deep in the Giants territory. That miscues helped set up the Brissett to Hollister 9-yard touchdown.
The 40 points scored by the Giants are the most by the team in the preseason since they scored 41 on August 22, 2011 in a 41-13 win over Chicago.
The Giants will open the season at Dallas September 10.