5 Young New York Giants to Watch Over Last Three Games
Five Young Guns to Watch
Pride. That’s pretty much all the New York Giants have left to play for at this point. The almost unfathomable six-game losing streak that the Giants had to open up their season proved to be too deep of a hole to climb out of, and now New York basically has three exhibition games to finish off their season.
One thing the Giants can do over the course of these last three games is get a better look at some of the young talent they have on the team. Whether these guys have been getting regular playing time already or not, it would be smart to get a bigger sample size and a greater idea of which players can be counted on in the future.
Head coach Tom Coughlin has already stated that he is going to coach these last games with the intention of winning beyond anything else, but it will still be interesting to see how he treats the playing time with some of the younger prospects on the team.
Many of the younger players on the Giants have already been playing integral roles on either side of the ball. With improvements to make in several areas, New York may have to rely on some of their younger players next season if they end up parting ways with some of their seasoned veterans. Whether they’re rookies or players with a few years under their belt, money may cause the Giants to look to their youth in the offseason.
Here are five young New York Giants to watch through the last three games of the 2013 season.
5. Andre Brown
Andre Brown is a little bit older than the rest of this group at nearly 27 years old, but he has been on an absolute tear since returning from a fractured left leg. Brown has an opportunity to continue his stellar play against a couple of tougher opponents in Seattle and Detroit before the 2013 season wraps up. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this year, and so far he’s shown the Giants that they will need to bring him back next season over veterans like Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis.
4. Justin Pugh
Rookie right tackle Justin Pugh has been the lone bright spot on an offensive line that has barely allowed Eli Manning time to breathe this season. The Giants drafted Pugh in the first round out of Syracuse in this past year’s draft. Starting every game at right tackle, Pugh has emerged as the top offensive lineman on the team. There were some growing pains early, but it is even more painful to try and imagine where New York’s o-line would be without the rookie. Continued consistency could mean big things for Pugh.
3. Johnathan Hankins
As the 2013 season has gotten older, rookie Johnathan Hankins has seen an increase in playing time. Hankins has done some nice things along the defensive front and seems to be progressing with each game. Veteran Linval Joseph is a free agent after the season, and it is going to be a big hit to New York’s wallet if they are going to bring him back. A couple of stellar performances from Hankins may allow the Giants to feel better about letting Joseph get away after the season.
2. Damontre Moore
With Jason Pierre-Paul likely sitting out for the rest of the season, rookie Damontre Moore has been handed a great opportunity. Moore has been a shot of adrenaline on special teams, blocking two punts this season. However, he’s yet to be a real impact in the limited time he’s played on defense. The pass rush should be one of New York’s biggest concerns this offseason, and Moore should look at these last three games as an audition for serious playing time next season.
1. Will Hill
At one point, the Giants' secondary seemed gutted by an onslaught of sudden injuries. Will Hill made his season debut in Week 5 after a suspension for drug use kept him out the first four games. Since then, he’s been an impact player along the defensive unit. Hill is a big hitter and his timing could not be better. At just 23 years old, Hill could cement himself as an integral part of New York’s future. A safety unit comprised of Antrel Rolle, Hill, and Stevie Brown has the potential to be one of the league’s best.