Site: MetLife Stadium
TV: WNBC 4 NY Bob Papa, Carl Banks and Howard Cross
Radio: WCBS 880AM Chris Carrino, Shaun O'Hara and Paul Dottino
The Series: Teams meet for the 8th time in preseason. Jaguars lead series, 4-3.
Head coach Tom Coughlin has a 25-22 preseason record during his tenure with the Giants. Coughlin was 19-14 in the preseason with Jacksonville.
Not expected to play for the Giants: DE George Selvie, WR Julian Talley, CB Prince Amukamara, S Landon Collins, CB Chykie Brown, CB Jayron Hosley, S Nat Berhe, S Cooper Taylor, CB Chandler Fenner, LB Jonathan Casillas, OT Will Beatty, OL Brandon Mosley, WR Victor Cruz and WR Rueben Randle
What to expect on offense...A little more than last week, hopefully, but the cast will be incomplete again. WR Victor Cruz (calf) has been ruled out and Rueben Randle (knees) will probably not go, so look for the Giants to clear out their bench to give the backups a longer look vs the Jags.
The starting offensive line will likely be rookie Ereck Flowers at LT, Justin Pugh at LG, Weston Richburg, John Jerry at RG and Marshall Newhouse at RT. Tom Coughlin said that Geoff Schwartz would play but did not say when, where or how much. Schwartz has been working at multiple positions in practice.
The RB wheel wil be churning again with Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen will get the early touches, but it's the UDFA Akeem Hunt the coaches will be keeping their eyes on. Hunt has game-breaking speed as exhibited during a 70-yard KO return last week in Cincinnati.
The TEs will get looks as well. Larry Donnell will strive to make his way back after missing a chunk of time with an Achilles. Daniel Fells will get snaps, probably as the starter. The player to focus on is Jerome Cunningham, who simply just has to make this team, folks. He just has to. He's a player.
What to expect on defense...Questions regarding the pass rush and issues in the secondary are on the back pages these days, but the middle of the defense overall and the poor run defense are the things few are jawing about. And they are the areas the Giants needed to resolve this past offseason.
The Giants would like to see better penetration and tackling in the box this week. That means MLB Jon Beason must step up his production. When he is full tilt, the run defense is solid, but from what we can tell, he's still not his old self.
The DTs also have to mind the gaps, and that goes for the whole rotation. Jon Hankins and Cullen Jenkins will start, but the team needs to see more from them as well as Jay Bromley, Kenrick Ellis and Markus Kuhn. Newly-signed Jimmy Staten could see some reps as well.
The lack of a steady safety group led to chaos last week in the secondary. Attribute a lot of that to injuries, but they need to get it together out there and in the box.
Safeties Landon Collins (knee) is out and Cooper Taylor (toe) will probably not play. The team is unsure about CBs Prince Amukamara (groin) and Jayron Hosley (concussion) this week, so prepare for a larger dose of Trevin Wade, Mike Harris, Bennett Jackson and perhaps, Brandon Meriweather.
Some players to watch this week: LB Devin Unga, DE Owa Odighizuwa and S Justin Currie.