New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions: Top 5 things to watch

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No. 3 – New York’s Offensive Line

The Giants starting offensive line looked like an improved unit in their first preseason action. Eli Manning was sacked one time on his two offensive series, but that was the result of a missed assignment by running back Jonathan Stewart.

It was only a small sample size for Big Blue’s new-look offensive line, but the coaching staff is likely pleased with the steady improvement of the unit. The Giants starters will see more snaps on the road in Detroit and all eyes should be on the play of Ereck Flowers.

The Giants former first-round pick has transitioned to right tackle this offseason. He went unnoticed in the team’s first preseason game, which is usually a good thing for an offensive lineman. With increased snaps, Giants fans will want to see how the right side of the offensive line holds up.

Veteran John Greco earned Pro Football Focus’ highest pass-blocking grade of all guards in Week 1 of the preseason.

Greco, Brett Jones, Chad Wheeler, and John Jerry are just some of New York’s backup offensive linemen worth watching on Friday night. And of course, Giants fans will once again look forward to watching Nate Solder and Will Hernandez man the left side of the offensive line.