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There are a number of exciting 2012 draftees on the Giants? schedule this year. Below, I have listed the rookie(s) I am anticipating most among each of the Giants? opponents, starting with their four pre-season foes.

Jaguars (Preseason Week 1): ?WR Justin Blackmon

The consensus best wide receiver in the draft, Blackmon was an absolute beast at Oklahoma State. He may not be the "can't-miss" talent his fifth overall billing suggests, and he?s not quite as good as last year?s first rounders AJ Green or Julio Jones either.? That doesn?t mean he can?t develop into a top-20 wide receiver.

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- Aaron Ross was impressive.? He?s always had the talent to be this team?s best cornerback, and in a contract year, he finally has an uncontested starting spot.? If he stays healthy this year and does not produce, his bust label will be written in ink, but last night's game gave me some hope.

- Although Kevin Gilbride doesn?t feature the tight end, it?s almost embarrassing how barren the Giants are at the position.? Tight ends were targeted just six times on 42 pass attempts, and Travis Beckum led tight ends with three targets.? He hauled in two passes for 16 yards, while Bear Pascoe and Daniel Coats were held without a catch.? Jake Ballard had a nice 21 yard reception, but he is known much more for his blocking.

Beckum was drafted to be a DallasClark-type pass catcher, but thus far he has done little to distinguish himself.? It?ll be interesting to see if any notable tight ends are cut over the next week.

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What does a 97 yard touchdown run get you?? If you?re on the Giants, it gets you a spot on the bench, and perhaps, a ticket out of town.? Da?Rel Scott, who received only one carry last week against the Bears and took it to the house, did not get a chance to build on his exciting run against the Jets.? Even with Ahmad Bradshaw being limited and Brandon Jacobs getting ejected, Scott did not see the field once.

It?s possible that Scott will get an extended look on Thursday against the Patriots, as Coughlin could rest most of the starters instead of play them on two days rest (ridiculous...I can't even play frisbee golf on two days rest). ?Regardless, it was disappointing that Scott didn't have a chance to run behind the first (or second) team offensive line.

Scott was drafted because he has something the Giants have lacked from the running back position for years: true breakaway speed. ?He has already proven that he?s a legitimate burner in pads, he just needs to stay healthy and cut down on his fumbles (a fixable problem).? The biggest remaining question for him, and every rookie, is how his talents will translate to NFL game speed.? Well, there?s no way to find out if he doesn?t actually get a chance to play in real live games.

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- The Giants defense has been very solid tonight.? I haven?t spent as much time on them in these updates because, frankly, the story of the night for me has been the offense?s struggles.? Besides a couple of too-easy passes to Santonio Holmes (including the touchdown), and a couple of special teams blunders (including a long kickoff return by Antonio Cromartie after he fumbled it), the main culprit has been the offense tonight.

- Dustin Keller is very good.? He?s the kind of safety net Eli Manning needs to have; the kind that the Giants front office did not provide him with this season?no Boss, no Burress, no Smith.? Someone being paid the way Eli is should make his receivers better, not require a certain type of receiver, but that is unfortunately not the case.

- The Giants may have to run the ball 100% of the time.? The combination of Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and DJ Ware all looked great.? Jacobs looked like his old self, Bradshaw looked healthy, and Ware looks like he always does in the pre-season.? Looks like the depth chart still has Ware above Brown and Scott (in that order), as Ware was the only one to receive first team carries.

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The only touchdown came on a seventeen yard pass from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes.

- No beating around the bush?Eli Manning looks terrible.? He led the league in turnovers last year, but a lot of that was due to his receivers tipping passes.? Tonight, he?s just made terrible decisions.? In addition to the interceptions, he?s had some miscommunication with receivers, and hasn?t executed on others, including a horrendous overthrow on a wide open Mario Manningham.? I know it?s just a pre-season game, but with all the talk of elite quarterbacks, Eli needs to put his money (and it?s a sizeable contract) where his mouth is.

- Mark Sanchez fumbled a snap and then failed to recover it, despite falling on the ball.? Clint Sintim recovered it and Linval Joseph sat on Sanchez.

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The starters are going to play into the third quarter, and the passing game looks like it could use all the practice it can get.

- Eli Manning was his same old self; some solid passes, some lame ducks, an off balanced pass resulting in an interception and a delay of game.? The offense ran a bunch of plays and gained a bunch of yards, but had nothing to show for it.

- Jake Ballard made a nice 21 yard reception to put Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe on notice in what is a wide open tight end competition.? Pascoe is assured a roster spot due to his ability to play tight end and fullback, but Beckum has continued to be invisible this preseason.

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The Giants beat the Bears by a score of 41 to 13, but that's not the headline tonight. ?There?s lots to discuss, but it all pales in comparison to the loss of Terrell Thomas.? In case you missed it, Thomas is out for the season with a torn ACL, a loss from which the Giants will be hard-pressed to recover. Thomas was arguably the team?s most important defender outside of Justin Tuck.

The secondary seemed prime for a breakout year, but with the injuries to Thomas and Prince Amukamara, the remaining defensive backs will need to all pitch in for the unit to get by.? Just to drive home the point, CB Brian Witherspoon also left with a knee injury.

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The Giants fell to the Panthers by a score of 20 to 10 to drop the first pre-season game of the season.

  • This was one of the more boring pre-season games I've seen in some time. The Giants looked lifeless, and at times unprepared. I understand they haven't had much time to practice, but neither has any team.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul was easily the bright spot for the Giants, registering two sacks and looking ready to record double digit sacks this season.
  • Michael Boley accounted for the Giants' one touchdown, picking off a Jimmy Clausen pass and returning it 56 yards for the score.
  • Lawrence Tynes had a game to forget, converting on just one of four field goal attempts. He left the game with a leg injury, but walked off under his own strength.
  • The Giants' special teams coverage units cannot tackle. I feel vindicated in giving the special teams unit an F this offseason. Steve Weatherford and Matt Dodge looked fine, but the unit has a long way to go.
  • Domenik Hixon caught five passes for 86 yards. I've been reading some complaints lately about Hixon as the #3 receiver, but he's done nothing but produce when healthy. The Giants could do a lot worse.
  • The running game never got anything going, as the offensive line failed to create substantial holes. Give it some time, they'll be alright.
  • Andre Brown looked fresh, and quicker than he was two seasons ago.
  • Tyler Sash, known for being in the right place at the right time at Iowa, forced a fumble and led the team with four tackles.
  • Eli Manning was shaky, but both Sage Rosenfels and Ryan Perriloux were solid. Throw in David Carr, who didn't play, and the Giants will have some decisions to make at QB.
 
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1. Victor Cruz/ Domenik Hixon

The two front runners in the race to replace Steve Smith.? Cruz was last year?s pre-season darling, so we?ll see if he can do it two years in a row.? Hixon is returning from a major injury, but reports are that he has his explosiveness back.? We?ll see for ourselves tonight.

2. Jason Pierre-Paul

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According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the deal between the players and the owners is expected to be ratified in time to "salvage a full preseason."

Despite the growing optimism in the past few days, I don't think most people were expecting the kind of progress that we've seen today.

Momentum increased exponentially today when Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth revealed to the owners that the players had a secret fund that would pay each of them $200,000 this season. ?This new information, as one observer put it, got the owners' attention.

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The Giants kicked off the 2010 preseason by winning the first game in the New Meadowlands stadium by a score of 31-16 over the co-tenant Jets.

Box Score

  • Eli Manning left the game in the second quarter with a lacerated forehead. ?After miscommunication with Brandon Jacobs caused the two to collide, knocking Manning's helmet off. ?Manning took a wicked hit from Calvin Pace, and then collided head first with a facemask. ?Blood was spewing out of his head. ?He should be fine, though.
  • The first team offense was mostly ineffective. ?The only bright spot came on a broken play: a 51 yard Ahmad Bradshaw scamper via an Eli Manning dump off. ?Outside of a toss play to Danny Ware, the playcalling was predictable.
  • Antrel Rolle picked off a tipped ball and returned it to the one yard line. ?Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the New York fans.
  • It took him three tries, but Brandon Jacobs scored the new Meadowlands' first touchdown from one yard out.
  • The Giants' first string defense had a hard time stopping both the run and the pass. ?Not too encouraging, but it's only one game.
  • First round pick Jason Pierre-Paul is raw, but he looked good beating Damien Woody to sack Mark Sanchez.
  • Matt Dodge's big leg was MIA. ?He had no hang time on any of his punts, and one was blocked, due to poor blocking by Andre Brown.
  • Camp Darling Victor Cruz made a heck of a one handed catch and turned it into a 64 yard touchdown. ?Jim Sorgi locked on to him and provided a nice lob pass. ?Cruz was just getting started. ?6 receptions, 145 yards, 3 TD. ?Easy call for today's game ball. ?Welcome to the team.
  • Jim Sorgi went 8/15 for 146 yards and 2 TD. ?He seemed to look for Cruz on every other play. ?As John Fennelly said, the offense was on Cruz Control.
  • Rhett Bomar looked good with his arm and his legs: 6/7, 67 yards, TD, 23 rush yards.
  • Chase Blackburn sustained a lower leg injury and had to be helped off the field. ?Doesn't look good- tough loss for the Giants on special teams.
  • The return game looked weak, and could be a problem all year until someone steps up as a capable return man.
  • Jon Gruden gave himself a pat on the back for correctly pronouncing each of the Giants' D-linemen's names. ?Too bad there is no "Jason Tuck." ?He also called three different Giants linebackers "Michael Boley," including late in the game when Boley was on the bench. ?I guess it's pre-season for everyone
The Giants will host the Steelers this Saturday at 7:00PM.
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Second year wide receiver Ramses Barden is expected to start tonight's game against the Jets.

It should be interesting to see how the eight foot tall receiver looks playing with the first team offense, opposite Hakeem Nicks, against the Jets' first team defense (minus Revis).

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