The NY Giants have a big upcoming season ahead, as the new regime of head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen will be looking to make a mark in their first seasons. The preseason has been shortened to three weeks, along with eliminating the overtime rule in the recent years to reduce the chance of injury. Last year, Daniel Jones didn’t throw a single pass in a preseason game until the final week, as the new trend is to rest the starters to avoid injury.
The preseason cannot be overlooked though, especially this year’s preseason. New York needs to put together high quality football during these three games, and show fans that this team is going to be worth watching. Last season the Giants had a 14 percent decline in local TV houshold ratings from the year before according to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal.
Over the offseason things were certainly shaken up, as the Giants were able to snag two highly touted draft prospects: pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and offensive tackle Evan Neal. New York was also to pick up some other valuable prospects, that they will certainly be looking at closely during the preseason.
The Giants have a talented roster with players like Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and Daniel Jones. It is up to the coaching staff to figure out a scheme to put together that best fits the group of talented players, and produces winning football. And that starts in these upcoming preseason games against the Patriots, Bengals, and the rival Jets.
3. Week 1 preseason vs. the New England Patriots
The New England Patriots will be facing the New York Giants in the first preseason game on Aug. 11. These two teams have had such a storied past, as the Giants last two Super Bowl victories were against the Patriots in 2008 and 2012.
This game won’t be featuring Eli Manning and Tom Brady, though, but both teams are hoping their current young QBs can even become shadows of those greats. Daniel Jones and Mac Jones likely won’t be participating in this game, however, as it is the first one of the preseason.
The interesting thing about the Giants, though, is Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb will likely be getting the majority of the reps and they could be playing at some point of the season. Jones has had a history of not being able to stay on the field consistently, so fans should certainly keep an eye on the QBs in this game.
The players are obviously going to be looked at closely by the team and the fans, but they shouldn’t put all their attention just on them. New head man Daboll was brought to town for his offensive mind as well, and against a Bill Belichick defense it will be interesting to see what type of plays the Giants draw up.
For this game, fans should expect to see the Giants stay close in the whole game, as in last season’s preseason game against the Patriots they lost 22-20. This time around though the new energy in the lockerroom could be enough to come out with a victory this time around, with a final core in the realm of 24-20.