Giants vs. Jets score, takeaways: Denzel Mims follows trade request with big performance in preseason finale

The 53rd preseason game between the Big Apple’s two teams had a little bit of everything. Sunday’s game featured big hits, game-changing plays on both sides of the ball and a last-minute, game-winning touchdown pass from Jets quarterback Chris Streveler to Calvin Jackson Jr. The Jets then withstood a Giants’ Hail Mary pass into the end zone on the game’s final play to pull out a 31-27 victory.

The game, which was uncharacteristically physical for a preseason bout, did not include the majority of the Giants’ starters, including Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. It did feature many of the Jets’ starters though, as well as a veteran who played well following a recent trade request (more on that later).

Let’s take a deep dive into what transpired Sunday in East Rutherford.

Mims respond to trade request

Days after his agent requested a trade from the Jets, Denzel Mims let his play do the talking for him on Sunday. The former second-round pick had a 29-yard touchdown catch that tied the score in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 102 yards on seven receptions.

Speaking on the NFL Network broadcast Sunday, Jets GM Joe Douglas did not offer an update on Mims’ situation. He did state that Mims remains a valuable member of the organization who they hope can contribute to the offense this season.

Mr August

As he did during the Jets’ first two preseason games, Streveler engineered a game-winning drive. Streveler, a 27-year-old NFL veteran who won a Gray Cup during his brief time in the CFL, went 13 of 17 for 170 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Jets to a 3-0 record this preseason.

“I’m at peace with everything,” Streveler said after the win. “I’m just thankful for every opportunity in this business, and I don’t take anything for granted.”

QB competition?

It has been assumed that Joe Flacco will be the Jets’ starting quarterback if Zach Wilson isn’t ready to go against the Ravens in Week 1. Flacco played well on Sunday, but he wasn’t as sharp as Mike White, who threw a pair of first half touchdowns following Flacco’s pick-six to Giants linebacker Austin Calitro.

A former fifth-round pick of the Cowboys, White saw his first regular season action with the Jets last season. White started three games, going 1-2 in those games while throwing for 953 yards with five touchdowns, eight interceptions and a completion percentage of 66.7%. He threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

taylor hurt

Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor left the game after absorbing a big hit outside the pocket by defensive end Michael Clemons. Taylor, after staying on the ground for several moments, jogged off the field before he was eventually carded into the locker room.

Taylor wasn’t the only Giant who was unable to finish the game. Tight end Daniel Bellinger and defensive end Jayln Holmes were ruled out after both were evaluated for concussions.

Webb lets it loose

Giants quarterback Davis Webb performed well while playing the majority of the game. He completed 10 straight passes during a stretch in the second half while leading the Giants on consecutive scoring drives. Webb finished the game with 202 yards on 30 of 38 passing.

The 27-year-old quarterback has appeared in just one NFL regular season game during his career. He spent the majority of his college career at Texas Tech before playing one season for Cal, where in 2016 he threw for 4,295 yards with 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Lawson’s comeback

Sunday was Jets linebacker Carl Lawson’s first since he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon last summer during a joint practice. Lawson helped record a sack by Taylor during his first game wearing the green and white.

A 2017 fourth-round pick, Lawson recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks during his rookie season in Cincinnati. A torn ACL wiped out more than half of his 2018 season. Lawson rebounded with solid campaigns in 2019 and 2020 before joining the Jets last offseason.

Alexander’s big hit

Arguably the game’s most impressive play was Kwon Alexander’s jarring hit of Giants running back Antonio Williams. The hit forced Alexander to cough up the ball.

The well-traveled Alexander is looking to make an impact in New York after previous stops in Tampa, San Francisco and New Orleans. He earned Pro Bowl honors for the Buccaneers in 2017 after leading the league with 108 solo stops.

What’s next

The Giants will open the 2022 regular season with a road game against the Titans, who clinched the AFC’s top seed entering the 2021 playoffs after going 12-5 during the regular season. The Jets will open the regular season with a home game against the Ravens, who started the ’21 season at 8-3 before injuries contributed to them losing their final six games.

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