Most of the Giants' offensive starters played eight snaps against the Patriots on Thursday night. That's about half as many as coach Tom Coughlin planned on, having set a goal of 15 to 18 earlier in the week.
"It just seemed to fall right," he said of yanking Eli Manning and most of the other first-stringers after their second possession in the Giants' 16-13 victory over the Patriots at MetLife Stadium. "They'd been in there two series. If they wanted to play more, they should have made some first downs and stayed out there."
Coughlin said he did consider putting the starters back on the field for a third series, not only to get to the snap count but to possibly end the preseason with the offense moving the ball successfully. Why didn't he?
"I overruled myself," Coughlin said. "Two series."
Some of the starters did remain in the game. Rookie Weston Richburg and veteran John Jerry, the two starting guards, remained on the field into the second half. Starting center J.D. Walton remained in the game for a majority of the first half. Those three could be the starting interior linemen in the opener and Coughlin wanted to get them some extra work in their first game.
For the rest of the Giants' starters, though, it was two and out.