Finally! The Giants played their first pre-season game of the season on Monday vs. the Carolina Panthers. Here are my thoughts from the 24-17 Giants victory.
1. Having Osi Umenyiora back is huge for the defense. They missed him last year and now that he's back he is going to make everyone around him look better.
2. The receiving core is going to be better than people will think. Domenik Hixon and Sinorice Moss looked better than expected and showed the ability to consistantly catch the ball.
3. The running game is still at a top notch level. They aren't going to miss Derrick Ward.
4. Eli Manning looked good, but didn't have to do a lot. Most of his snaps consisted of handing the ball off.
5. Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden had good moments, and they had rookie moments. Neither one even came in the game until the third quarter however.