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New York Giants Vs. New York Jets: What to Watch For

August 24th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The third preseason game is often referred to as the most important. It's when teams truly begin to extend their players in preparation for week one of the regular season. Generally, starters will play the first half and sometimes into the third quarter — in other words, it's the first and only time fans and experts get a truly good feel for what their team has to offer.

'Giant-Jet Game' photo (c) 2007, Ted Kerwin - license:

For the New York Giants, seas are a bit rough. While starters will, in fact, play into the third quarter, the team will be short at least 11 players including safety Antrel Rolle, wide receiver Victor Cruz and defensive end Damontre Moore. Despite that, there are still a number of things to key in on as they take on the New York Jets in MetLife Bowl III.

Offensive line: David Baas is out with an MCL injury and David Diehl is expected to miss six weeks following surgery on his thumb. As a result, the Giants have been forced to shuffle their offensive line a bit and what they roll out on Saturday night could, ultimately, be the same line that faces the Dallas Cowboys in week one. Of course, that is predicated on the notion that Jim Cordle performs well at center, while Justin Pugh makes a rapid transition to the NFL at right tackle. Both could potentially play huge roles for the Giants in 2013 and that starts tonight.

Terrell Thomas' Return: It's been quite some time since Thomas took the field for a live game — two years in fact. Coming off of two consecutive ACL tears (and three overall), Thomas is attempting to become only the second player in NFL history to return from three. And although he seems to have gotten his legs under him in practice — even drawing praise from his teammates — there has to be some uneasiness for the veteran. Not only hasn't he played in two years, but the player who was once poised to take over the No. 1 cornerback spot for Big Blue is now battling just to stay on the 53-man roster.

Jerrel Jernigan's Final Chance: There will be no Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden or Louis Murphy for the Giants on Saturday night, so a slew of undrafted rookies and third-year wideout Jerrel Jernigan will get the bulk of the work. And for Jernigan, who was aptly nicknamed "One-Play JJ" by head coach Tom Coughlin, it could be his last opportunity with the Giants. Largely considered a disappointment thus far in his career, Jernigan isn't just battling for playing time, but his job all together. He needs to have a big game or it could be all she wrote for him in blue.

Tick. Tock. It's only a matter of hours now.


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Tags: David Baas, David Diehl, Football, Jerrel Jernigan, Jim Cordle, Justin Pugh, New York, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Terrell Thomas

15 Responses to “New York Giants Vs. New York Jets: What to Watch For”

  1.  demo3356 says:

    Anyone that suggests in any way shape or form that the Great Tom Coughlin should or could be fired is a a clueless, drool cup wearing, crayon eating window licker that has the football acumen of a turnip and is not even worth debating. Guy is one of the best Coaches in the NFL and untouchable. A guy wins 1 Super Bowl he gets a 4 year pass, if he wins a Second he is a made man and gets to coach for as long as he wants. What these clowns dont realize is that no team is ever going to win it all or even come close to winning it all every year. Bll Walsh, Bill Parcells, Bill Bellicheck, Tom Landry, Chuck Knoll and Vince Lombardi all had several disappointing season s as Head Coaches and most of them were before the salary cap era when teams could be dynasty’s and stack roster 2-3 deep with studs at every position. This sport is specifically designed for mediocrity and for an even playing field. Every year you see teams go from worst to first and vice verse. The Salary cap, the draft the scheduling, its all put in place to make all 32 teams have an even shot at being good.
    All that said, no coach is perfect. They all including Tom Coughlin have weaknesses or things they do that fans dont like. The big picture is to take the good with the bad and realize with Tom Coughlin, the good outweighs the bad by a mile. I remember 3 years ago, one of our resident ankle grabbers was beating the drum for how much better of a head coach Rex Ryan was than Tom Coughlen. Before that he and his ankle grabbing life partner spent most days screaming about how much better of a coach Andy Cheese steak Reid was than Tom Coughlin. Folks need to appreciate the greatness that is Tom Coughlin and take off their Big Blue Goggles long enough to look around at every other NFL teams last 8 years. Find me one besides the Steelers (two different coaches)that has had a better run than we have?

  2.  demo3356 says:

    William- I agree with the sentiment of your TC post for the most part. No coach is perfect, they all have flaws indeed but keep in mind, we were a Plaxitard bullet to the thigh from having 3 Lombardis in 6 years right now. That 2008 team was the most dominant NYG team I have seen since the 86 team and might have even been more dominant. They had already beaten all 4 conference finalists with 3 being on the Road and were well on their way to a repeat.

    •  William says:

      Bottom line you and I want the same thing: more Rings for NYG! Plus, we have this rare window with a great coach and a franchise QB, the clock is ticking.
      So I think it fair to say we need more play-offs games and to get there we need to improve on all of my 4 points:
      fix the late year struggles
      Become dominant at Home
      Get better versus the Iggles
      Keep guys on the field

      Personally #2 would solve all issues. I just dont get why we come out so flat in so many home games?

      •  demo3356 says:

        yup, again agree on the sentiment for the most part. Have some thoughts and explanations for most but dont have time to post right now as its opening day for my youth Football team so I’m heading out shortly. I wil post on this later tonight or tomorrow in the am.

  3.  KingAndrewXXIII says:

    Attending the Redskins and Bills game this afternoon; the Giants and Jets doesn’t air here until tomorrow morning, so I am looking forward to any kind of news/feedback on the play from the game today until I can watch it for myself tomorrow morning.

    Really interested to see how Pugh and Cordle play; really, the whole OL, but those 2 in particular. Bummed that Moore isn’t playing, but want to see if they give Ojomo any type of shot against 1st or 2nd stringers.

    Any feedback is appreciated!

  4.  CT GIANT says:

    T2 is the ONLY real ? because of what he brings to the secondary. If he can do all that he did do, Thomas; Ross; Webster; Prince, is a pretty good looking backfield.
    T2 is in my prayers, this guy is a players, player and has put all he can into coming back, my best wishes TT, you’re finally going make it, BET!


  5.  Krow says:

    Things to watch out for ….

    The Giants … several roster and position battles … hey, it’s pre-season

    The Jets … trick plays and blitzes … hey, it’s their Superbowl

  6.  Barbarossa says:

    James Stoll if you are still looking for a streaming site to watch the Giants game tonight I’d recommend The quality of the video isn’t anything to write home about but they have every nfl game and I have never gotten a virus there.

  7.  giantsou812 says:

    Want to see talent watch mosley.

  8.  giantsou812 says:

    Mosley and Cordle played a good game against the colts
    The o-line should be in good shape.

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