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Giants vs Ravens Preview: What Are We Looking For?

In the regular season that’s an easy question to answer: Wins.

In the preseason that winning does not matter at all (the Colts have been one of the worst pre-sesaon teams in the league since Peyton Manning entered the N.F.L).

Here are some things I’ll be watching closely in tonight’s game.

Clint Sintim’s ability to impress the coaches and earn himself a starting spot.

It has been assumed that the Giants would have Clint Sintim starting at strongside (or in Perry Fewell’s system weakside) for the Giants this season, but lately the coaches have cooled off on Sintim who has not shown them enough to gurantee his starting spot.

The coaches are now seriously considering (it seems) putting Keith Bulluck at one of the outside linebacker positions opposite Boley and playing Jonathan Goff/Phillip Dillard in the middle. This would be a sad blow to Giants fans who have been looking for a dynamic linebacker for awhile.

Clint Sintim needs to be aggressive and ensure himself some playing time.

Will the Real Punt Returner Please Stand up

Who will return punts for the Giants in 2010. Aaron Ross has looked the best so far, but he’s hurt (again) and the Giants might reconsider using him as the punt returner. Will it be Mario Manningham, who could be very exciting back there with his elite quickness and abilty to make people miss.

A few promising kick returns would be nice too (I like Andre Brown as a running back, but his Kick returns haven’t looked great yet.

Do the Giants have a Run Game?

I’d like to see if Andre Brown can do somethings earlier in the game vs better competition. Hopefully he will get some opportunities tonight.

JPP and Linval Joseph

Jason Pierre Paul has looked good so far, hopefully his improvement will continue. Chris Canty is out for tonight which gives Joseph a chance to play more earlier and showcase his abilities. I’d like to see some pentration and nice stops tonight from the second round pick.

I’d also like to continue to see an improved pass rush, as Osi Umeinyora has looked reinvograted this pre-season so far.

Do the Giants have a 3rd Cornerback if Ross can’t play much this season?

The Giants signed two safeties and drafted another (Chad Jones and that unfortuante situation), but no cornerback help was signed or drafted. If Aaron Ross can stay healthy TT, Webster and Ross are a very good trio, if Ross is not healthy it gets dicey after that.

Antrel Rolle in the wild cat

Not an important one, but he brags about being able to throw the ball 70 yards or whatever his number was and it’d be fun to see what he could really do with one pass.

Rhett Bomar vs Roster spot

Sorgi is still hurt and if Bomar plays big he might find himself as the backup QB. I like his potential and would not want to see him plucked off the practice squad so if he could make the roster that’d be good to see.

Lastly, Victor Cruz early in the game.

We know what smith, Nicks and Manningham can do I’d like to see what Victor Cruz could do facing the “1s” with Eli Manning throwing him balls intead of Sorgi or Bomar.

That’s my checklist of what to watch for tonight.

Is there anything you think I missed? Let me hear it!


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2 Responses to “Giants vs Ravens Preview: What Are We Looking For?”

  1. Chris says:

    It will be interesting to see the starting offensive line, with all the injuries thus far. Who will play center? Will the o-line play well as a unit?

  2. Another thing to watch for will be Tim Brown. This could be his opportunity to make the team with the injuries to Aaron Ross and Danny Ware in the return game. There’s also the injuries at receiver to Ramses Barden and Sinorice Moss that could open up a spot. I wrote about this in my preview of the game over at AllGiants.com.

    http://www.allgiants.com/2010/08/27/preview-giants-ravens-preseason-week-three/

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