The Giants were victorious in the league’s first glimpse of real NFL action in the 2014 season.
Giants rookie RB Andre Williams had seven carries for 48 yards and 3-yard TD run in a 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in Sunday’s preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.
”It gives me confidence. I feel like I’m supposed to be here,” Williams told the Associated Press. ‘I’m part of the team now.”
Williams was the NCAA’s leading rusher in 2013 at Boston College and was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round.
Williams’ score, which came after a 21-yard scamper off left tackle, put the Giants up 7-3 late in the first quarter.
Rookie receiver Corey Washington scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard pass up the right sideline from backup Ryan Nassib with 13:18 remaining. Washington reached back to catch the partly under-thrown pass, then stepped around flat-footed defender Kamaal McIlwain.
Nassib, competing for the backup spot, went 7 of 12 for 139 yards.
Starter Eli Manning played three series, and finished 6 of 7 for 43 yards, but lost a fumble.
For Buffalo, starting quarterback EJ Manuel had several lapses during two series. He completed just 2 of 7 attempts for 19 yards, and nearly had a pass intercepted by linebacker Jacquian Williamsinside the New York 10. Manuel never looked off his intended target Sammy Watkins and was fortunate to have Williams bat the ball down.