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5 Lingering Concerns for the New York Giants

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Five Lingering Concerns

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The New York Giants have played three of five preseason games. They have won all three but, at this point, there are more reasons for concern than there are for excitement. The Giants continue to face questions and issues, as they exhibit a lack of progress in certain areas. New York still has about three weeks to work out the kinks but some aspects of their performance to this point have been troubling. Here are five lingering Giants concerns.

5. Injuries

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5. Injuries

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The Giants never seem to be able to escape the injury bug. New York lost Jon Beason in OTAs and he should return around Week 2. First-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. is still yet to play in a preseason game due to a hamstring injury. Also, cornerback Prince Amukamara left Saturday's game with a groin injury, although it doesn't seem to be too serious. The Giants cannot afford to lose key players, as they are already stretched fairly thin.

4. Pass Rush

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4. Pass Rush

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Through the first three preseason games, starting defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka are yet to record a sack. The first stringers did get decent pressure on Andrew Luck on Saturday night but weren't able to finish off the plays. Both Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka look more explosive than last year and will need to be in the wake of Justin Tuck's departure. Damontre Moore has looked good in a reserve role and could provide relief.

3. Penalties

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3. Penalties

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In the first half of Saturday's game, the Giants were whistled for six penalties. For the game, they finished with 13 penalties for 128 yards. The killer right now for New York is the new emphasis on illegal contact in the secondary. The Giants are far from the only team struggling to adjust, but they will still need to cut down on the yellow flags being thrown in their direction. The Giants are playing sloppy football to this point.

2. Passing Offense

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2. Passing Offense

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New York's passing offense is currently non-existent. The first team has struggled to sustain drives and even move the chains once per possession. In the last two preseason games, Eli Manning is just 1-for-9 for six yards. Also, Victor Cruz is yet to catch a pass this preseason. New York will simply not be able to compete in this league without being able to throw the football. The adjustment to Ben McAdoo's system has been slow and unsteady.

1. Offensive Line

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1. Offensive Line

Will Beatty New York Giants
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The offensive line, last year's biggest problem, looks like it could be in for a rough 2014. Yes, the unit is just getting healthy, as Will Beatty made his preseason debut on Saturday, but they are still having problems. An NFL offense cannot function properly with a struggling o-line. New York found that out last year. If the offensive line is not able to fix their current issues, it is going to another frustrating year for Big Blue.