2. DL Leonard Williams
Certain Giants players did not make the trip to New England last Thursday in the team’s first preseason game, Williams being one of them. The eighth-year pro stayed back at the team’s training facility to rehab and rest up.
Earlier in the week, he was voted the 97th best player on the NFL’s Top 100 list. No other NY Giant made the list, which undoubtedly means that he’s the best player on the team’s roster, and that’s why they can’t afford to lose him.
He was a player that the Giants could rely on all of last season, playing and starting in all 17 games. Williams had 6.5 sacks, 14 QB hits and 81 combined tackles. NY needs him on the field. Much like the first preseason game, I wouldn’t expect to see Williams get any playing time vs. the Bengals. They don’t want to risk an unnecessary injury and the team already knows what kind of player he his.