The NFL preseason is set to begin on Thursday night for the New York Giants when they take on the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium. The Giants will be the home team in this one, but it isn’t really going to make much of a difference.
At this time of year, coaches are evaluating every single player really closely. There will be a ton of players to keep a close eye on for the first preseason game. The first player to keep an eye on is rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker.
He will see a ton of snaps. Baker has the potential to be a shutdown corner. The New York Giants traded back into the first-round to draft him. He played his college football at the University of Georgia. DeAndre Baker has been impressive so far at training camp.
The second player to keep an eye will be cornerback Corey Ballentine. He was a sixth-round pick out of Wofford and he has been a complete ball hawk. I don’t know if Ballentine is going to be starting in Week 1, but he could make a serious case to be one if he continues to impress.Corey Ballentine played at a Division 2 school and he dominated the competition.
The third player to keep an eye on will be rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He has succeed expectations up to this point in training camp. Jones is making throws that people didn’t expect out of him. It will be interesting to see how he makes those throws now against other defenses.
He is the backup on the depth chart right now. Daniel Jones is very athletic and fast. I wonder if there will be any designed players for him to run or not.
The fourth player to keep an eye on will be another rookie and that is defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence. He was another first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and Lawrence has dominated on the defensive line during training camp. He can stop the run and rusher the passer. Dexter Lawrence might have been the best defensive lineman out of Clemson in this draft.
The fifth player to keep an eye on will be cornerback Sam Beal. He missed all of last season because of shoulder surgery. Beal would have been of the starters last season in the secondary. David Gettleman took him in the Supplemental Draft back in 2018. It appears as if Sam Beal has a good knack for the ball and covering his man well.
The sixth player to keep an eye on is rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton. Even though he was taken in the fifth-round of the NFL Draft, the receiving corps are very thin for the New York Giants. Slayton is very fast. He played his college football at Auburn University.
I will hopefully recap what happened on Friday in this preseason game.