'Joe & Evan': Young Players Finally Stepping Up For Giants

Sam Beal Made A Big Play On Defense

Joe & Evan
December 16, 2019 - 6:06 pm

Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins gave the Giants and their fans some much needed positive moments from 2019.

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This year, like the last one, has been disappointing for the franchise. The Giants beat Miami, but they’re still 3-11 and still looking at an ugly record for the second consecutive season under Pat Shurmur.

Despite all that, the win was a good day for the Giants. On Monday, Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts looked reacted to the game on their show on WFAN and saw quite a few positives from the performance.

Roberts thought it was particularly encouraging for the Giants that their young players started to make big plays after a season of struggling.

“This is the side story, besides Eli (Manning), which I know is the headline, and it should be,” said Roberts. “You saw young players on the New York Football Giants make plays. And the guy who made the play on the safety was Sam Beal, who for a while, we didn’t even believe existed! And here is Sam Beal, making a tremendous tackle against (Patrick) Laird, and you’re right Joe, that moment you started to think … the Giants are going to win this game.”

That safety forced by Beal in the third quarter extended the New York lead from 14-13 to 16-13. After that, the Giants reeled off three touchdowns for 20 unanswered points.

Beal was taken by the Giants in the third round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft, but he missed all of his rookie season due to injury. This was the fourth game he has played in this season, and it was by far his most productive. The safety was one of eight solo tackles made by the 23-year-old cornerback.

Two of the following touchdowns were scored by Saquon Barkley, who is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence at the end of this season.

East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a rushing touchdown during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on Dec 15, 2019.

Benigno looked to the play of Barkley, Leonard Williams and the offensive line as positive signs for Big Blue.

“Saquon Barkley was Saquon Barkley yesterday. I thought the offensive line really played well. I mean, outside of that early sack, they protected him very well in this game, especially (Will) Hernandez and (Nate) Solder … how about Leonard Williams yesterday?”

Roberts didn’t think it was necessary to discuss Eli Manning’s performance in what was a day that was all about getting the longtime Giants QB a fitting send off.

“Here’s the good news: Eli Manning’s overall performance, we could parse it all day, it’s irrelevant. It doesn’t matter. They won, and he’s not going to be the quarterback of this team moving forward. So, it doesn’t matter … He gave the fans an awesome moment. He gave his family an awesome moment. He had an awesome way to close out his Giant career.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full open from Monday’s show with Joe & Evan.