What I'll be watching: Patriots-Giants
August, 29, 2012
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
The New York Giants play their final preseason game Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET against the New England Patriots. While the final preseason game is generally the least significant, here's a look at what I'll be watching ...
Most closely: Wide receivers Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan. Can both make the team? Can either? Barden sure looked great in the last game, and if he does again, the Giants could convince themselves he's ready for the breakthrough they've been expecting for so long. Jernigan has to look good on special teams, where he's been a mixed bag. The Giants could keep six wide receivers, but that would create tough choices elsewhere on the roster, so they'll need a good reason to keep that many.
On the other side of the ball: Michael Coe. He's the starting cornerback opposite Corey Webster while Prince Amukamara is out with an ankle sprain and Terrell Thomas continues to work his way back from knee surgery. Coe would make Giants fans feel a lot better about next week's regular-season opener if he looked good tonight against the Patriots. Jayron Hosley is another option, but he's got a foot injury and is a rookie.
If I think of it: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is hoping to see his first game action of the preseason after breaking his foot back in the spring. Obviously, getting him through healthy is among the Giants' top priorities in this game. ... I'm interested to see if Adewale Ojomo can continue his late push and maybe even threaten the backup defensive end spot that appeared to belong to Adrian Tracy. ... Of course, everyone wants to see more of rookie running back David Wilson, but he's going to make the team, so it's worth watching the other running backs -- specifically Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown, who likely are competing for just one spot.