Giants at New England (Thursday, NFLN, WNBC4 NY 7:30 PM ET)
It’s the final week of the preseason and young players around the league know this is their time to shine.
With final NFL roster cuts to 53 players looming this Saturday, this week’s games are a last chance for many players to make the roster.
“Every single play from scrimmage is an opportunity to prove to the coaches that you’re not only good enough to play in the NFL, but you’re an indispensable part of the team,” says New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was selected to the Pro Bowl last season.
New England head coach Bill Belichick hopes to use this week to improve in all areas after last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
“We just have to get back to work and do better in every area of the game,” says Belichick. “We need to go out and have a good week of practice and do things a lot better. Nobody is going to do it for us. We’re going to have to go out there and do something about it.”
The Giants, who lost to the New York Jets last week, will also utilize this week to get better as the regular season approaches.
“We’re not satisfied and we need to get better,” says Giants quarterback Eli Manning. “We have a week of practice and we’ll try to go out there and be sharper on offense. We need to make sure we’re doing the right things. I know we can correct things. It’s just a matter of executing and doing a little better.”