By Brad Carroll
Here are three storylines to follow as the New York Giants head to Detroit for a preseason Week 2 matchup with the Lions Friday night.
Is Davis Webb Really That Bad?
We all saw the disaster that was Davis Webb’s performance last week against the Cleveland Browns, as he finished 9-of-22 for 70 yards. His game was even worse that those already terrible numbers would suggest, as Webb missed high and wide on nearly every throw. Luckily, Webb will have another big chance to prove he can at least handle the backup quarterback job behind Eli Manning this season with a rebound performance against the Lions. Webb was the talk of the Giants last season, especially when Eli Manning was benched, with fans pleading with the team to let him finish off the year as the starter. But the reality is Webb was a third round draft pick out of California and doesn’t have the background to have anyone automatically say he could future starting quarterback. He needs to prove he can play on the field, as opposed to say a Josh Allen in Buffalo, as a first round draft pick that will be given every opportunity to succeed in this league. Webb, despite his public backing, doesn’t have that and could lose the backup role to rookie Kyle Lauletta if he’s not careful. Needless to write, Webb has to rebound against the Lions tonight.
Improved Play On Offensive Line
The offensive line struggled last week against the Browns, continuing a trend from last season where the group was routinely beat at the line of scrimmage. The unit has improved, with the additions of Will Hernandez and Nate Solder, but getting better together will be a necessity heading into the regular season. As always, watch how Ereck Flowers continues to progress in his move to right tackle this season.
Will We See Saquon Barkley?
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t rule Saquon Barkley out of Friday’s game, but after the star rookie tweaked his hamstring Monday and hasn’t practiced since, it would be a shock if he did play. Actually, if Barkley did end up playing, the Giants should take a ton of heat from fans and media alike. It’s preseason football, there’s no reason to risk Barkley getting hurt further, so rest up rook. With him out, the rest of the running backs on the Giants will get a chance to compete for playing time and for roster spots when the regular season arrives. Jonathan Stewart could use a nice outing, as the free agent signing is looking to not get lost in the carries shuffle with Barkley around. And Wayne Gallman no doubt wants to prove he can be the next guy up after Barkley. There will be more carries to go around against Detroit.