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Baldy Breakdown: Giants are a rollercoaster, but showed improvement

When retired offensive lineman and long-time NFL analyst Brian Baldinger broke down the New York Giants’ Week 1 loss to Denver, he was less than impressed.

Baldy said he’d give the Giants one mulligan and would like to see better in a Week 2 matchup against the Washington Football Team.

Did the Giants deliver? Despite the loss, Baldy did see improvement.

First up was wide receiver Darius Slayton, who is becoming maddeningly inconsistent in the same vein as tight end Evan Engram. He has lights-out speed and once he gets on top of a corner or safety, it’s all over.

We saw that twice in Week 2. Once it resulted in a touchdown. The second time? Not so much.

Baldinger was a little too kind on his evaluation of the second pass. The pressure did alter Daniel Jones’ throw a bit, but there’s no sugar coating it: Slayton dropped the pass. Point blank, period.

Blady also liked some of what he saw from running back Saquon Barkley, who had the training wheels taken off against Washington.

Barkley had a rollercoaster game — he was hit or miss — but the sharp cuts he makes are extremely encouraging for someone coming off of a major knee injury.

For the second week in a row (Devontae Booker vs. Von Miller in Week 1), the Giants also got a devastating chip block from one of their players. This time, it came via tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Although this was a beautiful chip, Rudolph whiffed earlier in the game on an influence block — the same mistake he made against Denver.

Baldy also highlighted some of the improved pass protection. It wasn’t all perfect — especially for center Billy Price — but it was undeniably better than it had been in 2020.

And then there was the negative on the defensive side of the ball. What happened here (below)? How did Patrick Graham allow this to occur? The entire internet wondered the very same question on Thursday night.

Ugly, ugly, ugly.

And how about former Giants draft bust Ereck Flowers demolishing defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence?

Every team wants to improve on a weekly basis, but for the Giants, it feels two steps forward and one step back each time the film is broken down.


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