NE-NYG grades: Brady, Mingo grade well in Patriots loss

Giants win preseason finale with strong performances on both sides of the ball. New acquisition Barkevious Mingo stars for New England.

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(AP Photo/Brad Penner)

(AP Photo/Brad Penner)

NE-NYG grades: Brady, Mingo grade well in Patriots loss

New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 9

Here are the top-graded players and biggest takeaways from the Giants’ 17-9 victory over the Patriots.

New York Giants

Quarterback grades: Ryan Nassib, 47.7; Logan Thomas, 52.8

Ryan Nassib finishes with fourth below-average overall grade in as many games

There were times where Ryan Nassib looked better than he has earlier in the preseason, as he hit on a couple of nice passes downfield, but ultimately he missed on more than he hit, especially on downfield throws. On seven passes targeted 20-plus yards downfield, Nassib completed just one and had another intercepted, as he tried forcing the ball on a go-route near the end zone. Logan Thomas was accurate on all five of his passes, with two being dropped, but dropped a shotgun snap that was luckily recovered by the offense.


Top offensive grades:
C/G Adam Gettis, 80.6
WR Tavarres King, 77.4
RB Bobby Rainey, 75.9
G Ryan Seymour, 75.6
WR Geremy Davis, 72.1

WR Tavarres King produces again

For the second-straight week, Tavarres King has been the highest-graded wide receiver for the Giants. This time he finished with 80 yards receiving on four catches, including a 59-yard catch and run that found the end zone. King finished the presesason with the ninth-highest overall grade among all NFL wide receivers.

Top defensive grades:
CB Trevin Wade, 92.0
DT Jermelle Cudjo, 82.9
LB Keenan Robinson, 82.4
S Andrew Adams, 78.5
DT Montori Hughes, 77.0

CB Trevin Wade stars in final preseason game

Trevin Wade graded average in his first three games of the preseason, but he had an outstanding showing last night and was the second-highest graded cornerback of the week. His best play came as he peeled off his inside coverage in the seam to pick off a pass on an outside vertical route. When Wade was actually targeted, he allowed two catches for zero yards on six targets.

New England Patriots

Quarterback grade: Tom Brady, 78.0; Jacoby Brissett, 70.3

Tom Brady not mistake-free, but grades well in preseason finale

Overall, Brady played well and a couple of times hit receivers in stride on long passes for big gains. He did have a throw on a slant where he completely missed Giants’ safety Landon Collins underneath that came dangerously close to being intercepted. Brissett didn’t really make any mistakes and was inaccurate on just a couple of throws. He didn’t really do much more than expected, though. He completed just two passes targeted 10-plus yards downfield, with his other eight completions coming on shorter throws.


Top offensive grades:
T Cameron Fleming, 79.9
QB Tom Brady, 78.0
C Chris Barker, 77.1
WR Aaron Dobson, 76.1
WR Devin Lucien, 74.5

Tight ends don’t have nearly the same impact without Gronk

With Rob Gronkowski sitting out, Martellus Bennett started as the team’s No. 1 tight end during his brief appearance. He did manage two catches on 11 routes run, but they combined for just five yards and he dropped his other target. A.J. Derby did fine as a receiver, picking up 51 yards on five catches, but he was beaten as a run-blocker on multiple occasions that allowed defensive stops. Clay Harbor wasn’t targeted, and he too finished with a below-average grade as a run-blocker.

Top defensive grades:
ED Barkevious Mingo, 82.0
CB Malcolm Butler, 81.8
DT Alan Branch, 79.9
LB Jamie Collins, 78.8
S Jordan Richards, 78.1

Barkevious Mingo is the highest-graded Patriots defender in his debut

In his first game after being traded from Cleveland, Barkevious Mingo had his highest-graded game since the 2014 regular season. Mingo had two hits and a hurry as a pass-rusher and led the team with five run stops on 25 snaps in run defense. It wasn’t a perfect game—he did have two missed tackles—but he showed that the change of scenery might do him some good. Rufus Johnson led the team with four total pressures, with one hit and three hurries.

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Matt has been an analyst for PFF since 2013. He is also a contributor to 120 Sports and a former NCAA Division-III football player.

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