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Five Things to Watch in the Hall of Fame Game

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The New York Giants get their first dose of 2014 preseason football against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night. This year, New York gets an extended preseason with the addition of the Hall of Fame Game. If the Giants are going to avoid another year like 2013, several improvements must be made on both the offense and the defense. Here are five things to watch for the Giants Sunday night as they kick off their 2014 campaign.

5. Ryan Nassib

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5. Ryan Nassib

Ryan Nassib New York Giants
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Backup quarterbacks Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib will see the majority of the action under center on Sunday. Eli Manning will likely play just one drive and then make way for the first part of the audition process for the backups. Nassib had a rough showing in the preseason during his rookie year and needs to play smarter with the football. The Giants will be looking to see improved accuracy from the second-year quarterback out of Syracuse.

4. Secondary

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie New York Giants
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4. Secondary

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie New York Giants
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New York's secondary has the chance to be the team's most complete unit. The additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond are going to be huge for the Giants. They join cornerback Prince Amukamara and safety Antrel Rolle. Also, the Giants re-signed Stevie Brown, who had a monster 2012 season before tearing his ACL last preseason. Look for the secondary to anchor the defense this year for New York.

3. Pass Rush

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3. Pass Rush

Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
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The pass rush is a serious question mark, as the Giants lost Justin Tuck to free agency in the offseason. Jason Pierre-Paul is finally healthy and has, reportedly, looked great in training camp. JPP needs to get back into 2011 form when he exploded onto the NFL scene with 16 sacks. However, he is going to need help from both Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore if the Giants are going to effectively pressure opposing quarterbacks.

2. Tight Ends

Larry Donnell New York Giants
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2. Tight Ends

Larry Donnell New York Giants
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The tight end competition seems to be the most murky at this point. No player has seriously separated himself from the pack, although Larry Donnell has been getting praise from the coaching staff. Donnell will likely start Sunday night but Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells will all get a chance to make a statement. We'll see if anyone can use this first preseason game to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the bunch.

1. The New Offense

Eli Manning New York Giants
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1. The New Offense

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New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has brought a new offensive gameplan to New York. It is a plan that involves short passes and a more up-tempo style. The Giants are still in the midst of the transformation, so expect some growing pains. It will be our first look at Eli Manning in the new offense during a real game situation. It was clear after last season's failures, a change needed to be made. Will McAdoo have the right formula?