What to Watch for in the Giants Pre-Season Opener

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Jun 16, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) participates in practice during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports

The Young Safeties

The Giants will roll out a unit of very young and inexperienced safeties tonight. Led by rookie Landon Collins the safeties must hold their own and learn on the fly. Tonight may not be the best time to gauge what the Giants have in this group but it will definitely give them a good reading as to where they all stand.

Landon Collins will have his first taste of the NFL and his first shot to move he is more then a “box safety”. Giant fans everywhere are expecting big things from this kid, and rightfully so, the Giant traded up in the second round to get him.

I’m personally excited for Cooper Taylor, he looked to have made big strides in the pre-season of 2014 before his year was ended prematurely due to injury. Bennett Jackson is a converted corner who will be doing all he can to prove he’s worthy of a starting role. Nat Berhe is dealing with a foot injury and will not play tonight, he’ll have to make up ground in the pre-season if he wants a starting role.

Veteran Jeromy Miles knows defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense better then the rest of the bunch to this point due to his time with the  Baltimore Ravens last season. Rookie Mykkele Thompson will be in the mix as well. The 5th round pick out of Texas is a center field type safety who may think different then most defensive backs due to his history playing both quarterback and receiver before becoming a D-back.

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