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PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 3: New York Giants 25, Cincinnati Bengals 23

New York Giants rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones completed 9-of-11 passes for 141 yards and took one sack in the team's 25-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

PFF's ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game's most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

New York Giants 25, Cincinnati Bengals 23

New York Giants

Daniel Jones had another nice performance, making some nice throws and giving his receivers a chance to make a play on some deep balls. His best throw of the night came late in the first half, when he connected with Brittan Golden for a nice 24-yard completion.

Alex Tanney struggled the most out of all the Giants quarterbacks that played tonight, completing only two of his six passes for 26 yards. He was off-target on multiple throws, missing receivers for would-be easy completions and first downs. He never quite looked as comfortable as the other Giants signal-callers throughout the game.

Rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine had a strong preformance on Thursday, staying on receivers' hips and making it difficult to gain first down in key passing situations. Ballentine defended several different Bengals receivers to record multiple pass breakups, while also playing a big role in run-support.

Tae Davis had a tough night in the Giants' third preseason game, struggling to provide support in the run game. Davis also allowed a few catches in the passing game as he battles for a starting job on this new-look Giants defense.

Rookie Takeaways

Rookie wide receivers Darius Slayton and Reggie White Jr. both turned in strong performances against Cincinnati, as the two combined for 63 yards on two receptions in the contest. Edge defender Oshane Ximines also had a great game, picking up positively graded plays in the run game and rushing the passer. After two strong outings to start the preseason, Wisconsin product Ryan Connelly was exposed a bit in coverage and earned a low grade as a result. Both Julian Love and Corey Ballentine performed well in coverage in the contest. The duo each made some great plays at the catch point.

Cincinnati Bengals

Josh Tupou was impressive in the run game, as he made multiple stops while he was on the field. He finished with three total tackles but made a big impact in the trenches, frequently winning his one-on-one matchups.

Carl Lawson stood out as a pass-rusher, particularly in the middle of the second quarter, where he blew past Nate Solder and make a very nice strip-sack on Daniel Jones. That kind of burst and explosion is what makes Lawson stand out in pass-rushing situations.

C.J. Uzomah had a nice evening, taking advantage of both his catches with each going for over 20 yards. His second catch, which came late in the first quarter, was a touchdown grab that came with Jabrill Peppers in coverage.

Andre Smith struggled Thursday evening in both pass protection and run blocking. He allowed a pressure early in the first quarter and surrendered a few tackles in the run game, keeping Cincinnati's offense from finding any rhythm early on.

Rookie Takeaways

Damion Willis, a rookie undrafted free agent out of Troy, caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in an overall strong performance against New york. Fellow undrafted free agent O'Shea Dugas had quite the opposite performance, as he struggled significantly in pass protection and left a lot to be desired in the run game.

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