COMMENTARY | The first preseason game of the year for the New York Giants resulted in an 18-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, August 10. More impressive than the win, however, was the play of some of Big Blue's backup players. With the starters taking most of the night off, they were the stars of the game.
Here's a look at three projected backups who stood out the most:
DE Damontre Moore -- With Jason Pierre-Paul out and Justin Tuck ailing, Moore gave coach Tom Coughlin a reason to smile -- not that Coughlin smiles often. The team's third-round pick had three tackles, blocked a punt and generally was buzzing around the ball. Moore, who had a strong training camp, played the second-most snaps of any player on defense. The rising rookie could end up taking away some time from Tuck, who has been beat up by injuries the last couple of seasons.
S Tyler Sash -- With rookie safety Cooper Taylor sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Sash stepped up and made two key plays in the third quarter. He sacked quarterback Landry Jones for a safety and pounced on a Steelers fumbled punt return. Sash, the team's sixth-round pick in 2011, also was credited with four tackles and deflected a pass. Sash may be entering a make-or-break season, so the pressure is on him to have a strong preseason, especially with Taylor waiting in the wings.
DE Adewale Ojomo -- Once again, Ojomo is fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster. Last year, he had a team-best four sacks in three preseason games and made the cut. Can he do it again? The competition at his position is going to be intense, but Ojomo helped his cause with 1.5 of the team's five sacks against the Steelers. Even if he makes the team, Ojomo is going to have a tough time cracking the defensive rotation. Currently, he's way deep down on the depth chart. But don't count him out.
Who impressed you the most in the Giants' first preseason game of the year? Let me know in the comments section below.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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