Jul 27, 2012; Albany, NY, USA; New York Giants guard Stephen Goodin (left) and center Jim Cordle (63) block defensive tackle Marvin Austin (96) during training camp at University Field at SUNY Albany. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Prep for Jacksonville

The Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants begin their pre-season schedule Friday night in Jacksonville.  As many of you know the Giants no longer hold practices or scrimmages with other teams, they also don’t have traditional intra-squad scrimmages or have live tackling at any point in camp.  So this is the first chance for significant contact and a little competition.

As you would imagine, Tom Coughlin is just as disciplined about how the Giants approach pre-season games as he is about everything else in his life.  The “starters” will play 15-18 plays.

“The objective is always to win, but it’s all about personnel,” Coughlin said. “We’ll play them just exactly the way that I’ve talked about it. I will not sacrifice that part of it. Hopefully, we’re good enough and deep enough that the guys will get in the game and respond and enjoy themselves. I want them to play hard and give us a chance to do some evaluating and trying to figure out how people fit.”

The season opener is less than four weeks away and this is the first step in building the roster, evaluating talent, and seeing who might step up and grab everyones attention.  Look for everyone to get a chance to show what they can do.  There are many players who will need to show something special this year.  The depth of this team is tremendous, and they will surely have to release some players that will be starters on other teams.  The competition should be good , and the opportunities plentiful.  Look for the execution from the regulars in the first part of the game, then sit back and enjoy the competition and the athleticism of the players.

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