It’s more competitive for ever to earn a spot on the NY Giants roster this summer, and several players might already be facing an uphill climb
When the NY Giants and Jets took the field at their mutual Homefield stadium this past Saturday, order felt like it was finally restored.
By no means was the game an instant classic, but the preseason opener between the Tri-state area’s two gridiron franchises was the first time in over a year and a half since MetLife Stadium was filled with screaming fans of either Big Blue or Gang Green.
As for the game itself, the Jets won 12-7, and outplayed the NY Giants for much of the contest. It wasn’t pretty.
NY Giants quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Clayton Thorson combined for under 100 yards in the passing game, and the RB room combined for under 100 yards on the ground to boot.
It was a problematic performance for a few Giants, who further saw their stock plummet this summer.
Here are five players whose odds of making the NY Giants roster seemingly got longer
NY Giants RB Gary Brightwell
We have not heard much about Gary Brightwell this offseason. In fact, he didn’t even appear in the team’s first preseason game this past Saturday.
Instead of the Arizona product making a case to be given carries in a crowded RB room lacking a slam dunk #2 behind Saquon Barkley, he has allowed the likes of Alfred Morris, Devontae Booker, and Corey Clement surpass him on the depth chart.
It’s tough to see Brightwell sticking with the 53-man roster, and as GMENHQ editor Matt Lombardo notes, signing with the practice squad seems like the next step in Brightwell’s rookie development.