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10 Players To Watch During Preseason For New York Giants

10 New York Giants To Watch in Preseason

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The New York Giants have an important preseason this year, as they are installing a new offense for the first time since Eli Manning began his career. There has also been a lot of turnover, as Big Blue was one of the most active teams in free agency. This leaves plenty of players and things to watch throughout the preseason. Here are 10 Giants players to watch in the preseason.

10. DE Damontre Moore

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10. DE Damontre Moore

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The Giants are high on the 2013 third-round pick, and he will be a part of the rotation to attempt filling the shoes of Justin Tuck. Moore excelled on special teams last season and will see a lot more action on defense this time around. He should be able to carve out a role on the team if he continues to get after the quarterback. Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers are better against the run at D-End, leaving a role open for the tenacious Moore.

9. DT Jonathan Hankins

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9. DT Jonathan Hankins

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Much like Moore with replacing Tuck, Hankins will have a bigger role attempting to replace the departed Linval Joseph. Hankins isn’t a starter currently, but he has a chance to crack the rotation early on. He is currently ahead of the likes of Jay Bromley and Markus Kuhn, but that could change if he does not perform as the Giants like what both offer. It will take a group effort to replace Joseph, and Hankins will be one of the cogs.

8. OL Brandon Mosley

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8. OL Brandon Mosley

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Mosley has the inside track to replacing the retired Chris Snee and will have the spotlight on him. Mosley started out at tackle but has been running with the first team as the starting right guard. Offensive line was a problem for the Giants last season, so getting a five-man rotation set early on is imperative. If Mosley slips up, the Giants have other options such as John Jerry or James Brewer, so he will be under the microscope all preseason.

7. SS Stevie Brown

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7. SS Stevie Brown

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Returning from an injury as serious as a torn ACL is never easy, but that is what Brown will be doing this season. He will have a big role on defense stepping in to replace the suspended and then released Will Hill. The Giants need to make sure they monitor Brown in the games when they do not count so he can produce like he did in 2012.

6. LB Devon Kennard

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6. LB Devon Kennard

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The 2014 fifth-round pick has shown out thus far in Giants practices this offseason. He has shot up the depth chart, being named a starter once Jon Beason went down with an injury. Kennard has versatility, being able to play any of the three LB positions in the Giants' base 4-3 defense. If he is to keep playing time once Beason returns from injury, continuing to perform in the preseason would go a long way in accomplishing it.

5. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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5. WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Injuries have hampered the rookie thus far this preseason, and after missing the Hall of Fame Game, he will also be out against the Steelers. Frustrations are starting to set in for both Beckham and the Giants due to all of his missed time. It will be important for Beckham to get on the field soon for some actual football activities or the No. 12 pick in this past year's draft maybe wasted.

4. LB Jacquian Williams

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4. LB Jacquian Williams

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Williams has come a long way, from special teams player, to rotational linebacker and now starter. Williams will assume the weak side linebacker spot, as the Giants are expanding his role on defense. He is versatile defensively, and the Giants can use him on all three downs. He can play against both the run and cover TE in pass defense. The Giants got a steal in the 2011 draft.

3. WR Rueben Randle

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3. WR Rueben Randle

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With Hakeem Nicks gone, a lot of pressure will now be placed on Randle to step into that role. Randle is still young with a lot to prove in the Giants' new offense, so preseason will be important. The Giants know what they will get from Cruz, but Randle is very important for the receiving corps as well. The new system should be easier for Randle to handle, with less read-and-react routes in favor of a more straightforward route tree.

2. RB Andre Williams

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2. RB Andre Williams

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The rookie the Giants selected in the fourth round has a great opportunity being given to him. With David Wilson and Peyton Hillis both going down with injuries, Williams is the backup to starter Rashad Jennings now. He has a chance to take a stranglehold on the spot, especially if he plays as he did against the Buffalo Bills in the Hall of Fame game. He is the most talented runner on the roster and will have a shot to showcase that now.

1. QB Eli Manning

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1. QB Eli Manning

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Manning will be playing in a new offense for the first time since he was drafted in 2004. The new quick-hitting offense is set up to get the ball out of Manning’s hand as quickly as possible to absorb fewer hits. The thought is that it will help get him back on track after posting career low numbers across the board in 2013. Last season Manning averaged the most yards per attempt, a number that will assuredly come down this season.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network