The Giants play the Cleveland Browns in their second game of the preseason tonight. Anytime you watch a preseason game you have to make sure you take it with a grain of salt. The starters do not play the whole game and even when they do play, their adrenaline is not pumping the same it would for a regular season game. Make sure you do not look too much into the preseason games.
1. Ereck Flowers
This will be what I am looking at all preseason long. In game one he was bad. He played about a quarter of football and to no surprise he let up a sack. He was beat over and over again, which allowed the Steelers’ defense to put pressure on Josh Johnson. In practice this past week reports had it that it was one of the worst weeks Flowers has ever had. One expert said one of Flowers’ sessions was the, “Worst I’ve seen, period.” Giants’ fans can only hope and pray that we see a miracle from Flowers at this point.
2. Starting Offense
Head Coach Ben McAdoo said he will give the Giants’ starting offense some run tonight. It is expected that their first string offense will play the whole first quarter, maybe a bit of the second quarter as well. Once again, do not look too far into preseason games. If the Giants’ do not look good tonight it is not a big deal. Every year Eli and company look terrible in the preseason. With that being said, it will be the first time we see the new offense all together. Eli, Beckham, Shepard, Marshall and Engram will all be together on the field tonight. It will be fun to see them finally play together.
3. Back Up QB
The back up quarterback battle was atrocious in week one. Josh Johnson did basically nothing. Geno Smith threw one interception, but was lucky he had another one called back. Davis Webb looked the best of the three, but did not do much to impress either. Once again we will be looking for the winner of the battle. Webb will make the team, whether it be the practice squad or he may suit up on Sundays. However, one of Smith and Johnson will be cut. Right now Smith is winning that battle, but neither look like they deserve the spot. We will see if someone pulls away a bit tonight against the Browns.
4. Kicking Competition
The Giants will eventually have to cut one of Mike Nugent and Aldrick Rosas, but for now they will continue to battle it out. They may do so for the rest of the preseason. In game one they both make their two field goal attempts. Rosas was a bit more impressive as he made one from over 50 yards and both his field goals went right down the middle. The 50 plus yard attempt had a little extra juice on it as well. Nugent looked just fine, but both of his field goal attempts did hook a bit towards the end. Right now there is no clear favorite to take the spot, but we will see if anything changes after tonight.
5. Landon Collins
Mark my words: Landon Collins will win Defensive Player of the Year. He looks like he is ready to take another step up even after his huge improvement last season. He is the best player on the defensive end and arguably the best player on the team. In the first game he was all over the field, as he had five tackles and two of them for a loss in just about a half of play. Reports have it that he is going just as hard in practice. He seems hungry. Giants fans just sit back and enjoy watching Landon play. He really is something special.