Ben McAdoo wouldn’t reveal Saturday how the performances of Geno Smith and Josh Johnson in Friday’s preseason opener will affect his quarterback depth chart.
“Right now, the depth chart is fluid,” the coach said in a conference call. “But, nothing drastic yet … I think they both did some good things in the ball game, but there are definitely some inconsistencies.”
Instead, McAdoo was concerned more with seeing the same unforced red zone errors that plagued Big Blue’s anemic offense last season.
“We had a penalty. We had a bad snap. Should have thrown the ball away on one occasion, and it really dates back to last year in 2016,” McAdoo said. “Drives without a negative play, we scored touchdowns on 74% of those drives, and drives in the (red) zone with a negative play, we didn’t score a single touchdown.”
There were plenty pluses and minuses on the offensive side of the ball to dissect, though. So here they are by position:
Darius Powe (35 snaps), an undrafted 2016 Giants practice player, had an encouraging night. Powe made a strong tackle on the opening kickoff, caught one pass for 15 yards on Smith’s first snap as a Giant, drew a pass interference penalty by beating his man down the left sideline on a Smith deep ball, and got wide open in the end zone, though QB Josh Johnson never saw him. Roger Lewis Jr. played the most snaps (41), but Lewis (one catch, 15 yards, three targets) appeared to run the wrong route prior to one Steelers sack and drew McAdoo’s ire for stepping out of bounds to nullify a touchdown pass from Johnson. “Not run(ning) out of bounds before you catch a touchdown would be a good start,” McAdoo said of…