5 Things To Watch For In Preseason Week 2 For New York Giants

By Kenneth Teape

5 Things To Watch From New York Giants In Week 2 of Preseason

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The New York Giants have been hard at work trying to turn things around after a poor 2013 season. With so many new faces and a new offense, the Giants have plenty of things to work on throughout the remainder of the summer. Here are five things to watch for from them against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 of the preseason.

5. Backup Quarterback Play

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5. Backup Quarterback Play

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The Giants want Ryan Nassib to win the backup QB job, but he is not doing much to take control of the job. Instead the steady veteran Curtis Painter has completed every pass he has attempted, and led a game-winning drive last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Painter received some of Nassib’s reps in practice this week and deservedly so. The Giants will not keep three QBs on the roster, so Nassib has to improve or risk his roster spot.

4. Defensive Backfield Aggressiveness

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4. Defensive Backfield Aggressiveness

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The NFL has made it a point of emphasis to watch defensive contact, and thus far the Giants have not adjusted. They’ve been called for eight penalties downfield in two games, as the Giants have 16 against them overall. That is a number that must come down, as the Giants cannot afford to give away extra downs to opposing offenses. The cornerback position has a chance to be the strongest unit on the team; they just need to clean some things up.

3. First Team Offense

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3. First Team Offense

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The Giants running game has been solid thus far in the preseason, but the same cannot be said for the pass offense. Eli Manning and company have struggled thus far in two games. Victor Cruz has yet to be targeted, same goes for Rueben Randle. The offensive line hasn’t given Manning much time to work, but the offense is also without rookie Odell Beckham Jr. It will be worth keeping an eye on them in an extended appearance in the third game.

2. Wide Receiver Performances

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2. Wide Receiver Performances

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With first round pick Beckham Jr. close to returning, things are going to get shaken up at the WR position. Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle are locks, but everything else after that is up for grabs. Marcus Harris and Corey Washington have had very strong camps and looked poised to take roster spots away from veterans such as Jerrel Jernigan and Mario Manningham. Their performance, starting this weekend, will be important to watch.

1. Offensive Line

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1. Offensive Line

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In 2013 the offensive line was bad for the Giants, and thus far in the preseason things have been spotty. They have a big hole to fill with the retirement of Chris Snee, and do not have someone fully capable of filling his shoes by themselves. It will take a team effort to replace Snee. Brandon Mosley is getting the first shot, and how he and the rest of the line come together the remainder of the preseason is imperative to their success.

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

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