Giants vs Jets: Three things to watch

August, 29, 2011
8/29/11
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Watching Plaxico Burress play against his former team will be the biggest storyline of the night when the Giants face the Jets on Monday.

But there are other things to watch:

THE STARTERS –- Tom Coughlin will play his first team through the first half against the Jets, about 30-35 snaps.

Eli Manning and the Giants offense hope to move the ball and play a clean game as the quarterback tries to orchestrate the first-team offense against an elite defense in what will be its final major audition for the season opener.

Also, the Giants’ defensive starters will get its first opportunity to adjust to life without Terrell Thomas. We’ll see how much Antrel Rolle plays at cornerback on passing situations when the Giants have Deon Grant in the game to go with Kenny Phillips.

GIANT HEALTH –- After losing three players to season-ending injuries in their last preseason game, the Giants would like to come out of this game healthy.

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s status is uncertain after taking a knee to the back against the Bears. Kicker Lawrence Tynes will not play due to a thigh injury.

POSITION BATTLES –- This could be a big game for a few who are fighting for a starting spot. Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz are vying for the third wide receiver spot. Hixon is the front-runner and has had a good preseason thus far.

Steve Weatherford and Matt Dodge continue their battle at punter as well. And several spots are up for grabs on special teams as many young players like linebackers Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams fight for roster spots.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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