When the Giants have the ball: 4 offensive players who need good games vs.

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Jets New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t say whether the third preseason game — the annual meeting between the Giants and the New York Jets — was a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the regular season. But even if he wouldn’t say it Aldrick Rosas Jersey , he sure is acting like he is getting his team ready to play in a regular season game. Shurmur did admit early in the week that the team would be game planning for the Jets. More than any week before a preseason game he has been running “card” practices against scout teams to simulate what they have seen on tape from the Jets. So while Shurmur may not say that this game, and week, has been a dress rehearsal for the regular season, it definitely has that look. Because of that, we have to think that this is the week for players in position battles to step up and make an impression. There is no better time for a player on the fringe of the 53-man roster to prove that he belongs than to show that he can be a contributor in a regular season situation. Can Davis Webb extend his lead over Kyle Lauletta?This wasn’t even considered a real competition before Webb’s bad performance against the Cleveland Browns, but after that it had to be on everyone’s radar. From Lauletta’s perspective, there really isn’t any pressure. The team isn’t going to cut a fourth round quarterback who could be in the running as Eli Manning’s heir. Webb answered critics with a fantastic performance in his start against the Detroit Lions, but he will need to show that he can be consistent and build on that performance this week. He isn’t likely to lose the competition outright, but the Giants would certainly feel better about their quarterback position as a whole and looking toward the future if Webb can be the quarterback he showed himself to be in Detroit. Hunter Sharp needs to stave off Kalif Raymond (and others) Turnovers on special teams can be a backbreaking mistake. So it wasn’t good when Hunter Sharp nearly had two against the Lions. Sharp had a strong spring, propelling him to reps with the starting offense and getting the first crack at the punt and kick returner job. He hasn’t done much with his opportunities as a receiver and has left something to be desired as a returner. Kalif Raymond has been the second option behind Sharp at both returner and receiver. He hasn’t set the world on fire either, but Sharp’s issues with ball security might open the door for Raymond if he can prove dependable. Meanwhile, the Giants’ coaches are beginning to look elsewhere for options beyond Sharp or Raymond. Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, and Cody Latimer have all gotten looks as returners, and could be options. The coaching staff likely wouldn’t want to look up the depth chart for a returner, but will if they have to. There is, of course also the waiver wire as well. There are dozens of receivers, running backs, and defensive backs around the league, and Sharp (and Raymond) are in competition with all of them.If Sharp wants to keep the shot at a roster spot he earned with his off-season work, he will need to step up. Can Patrick Omameh be the Giants' best option at right guard?At this point it appears that the battle at center, between Jon Halapio and Brett Jones is all but over. Halapio has gotten the starts and was named the game-day captain against the Lions while Jones saw just 13 snaps in Detroit.But next to him, there might still be competition for the right guard spot. Patrick Omameh hasn’t impressed, not distinguishing himself as a run blocker or pass protector. And on the play where Davis Webb was almost sacked for a fumble, Omameh was beaten badly, preventing Webb from avoiding the pressure coming from around Ereck Flowers. John Jerry remains on the team and could be an option at the right guard spot. As well Authentic Rhett Ellison Jersey , the coaching staff seems enamored with John Greco, who has gotten snaps at both guard and center, and has played well at both spots. Omameh has a (relatively) large contract — and while it shouldn’t, that DOES matter — but he will need to play well against the Jets to stay ahead of any competition for his job.What can Wayne Gallman do to surpass Jonathan Stewart?At this point it seems unlikely that Saquon Barkley will see the field against the Jets. He returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, but hamstrings can be tricky and there is no need to take a chance in an unpredictable game environment. With Barkley continuing to nurse his hamstring, the question now becomes whether Jonathan Stewart or Wayne Gallman will become the backup running back behind Barkley — and starter for the game. Stewart has the experience and a big contract on his side, but while he has only had 7 carries, he has looked slow and unable to find holes. Gallman, on the other hand, has proven to be an effective — if not especially dynamic — weapon as both a runner and receiver. Stewart has remained the starting back in practice, so it might be that Gallman will need a strong showing against the Jets. Gallman has been one of the Giants’ best offensive players so far this preseason, but he has yet to convince the coaches that he should be handed the ball in most situations when Barkley is being rested — or just to change things up for the opposing defense.We should also watch and see if new addition Jhurell Pressley can make some noise since being added this past week. He has already gotten reps with the starters and his raw athleticism is eye-catching. One of these seasons, the New England Patriots won't cruise through the AFC East to an easy division title and position themselves, more often than not, for a Super Bowl run.One of these seasons, 40-something quarterback Tom Brady will begin showing his age and stop putting up MVP-caliber numbers. His lack of options at receiver will cause the offense to stall, the defection of another coordinator will fatally weaken the defense, and coach Bill Belichick's cold-blooded approach to his roster will backfire.That is sure to happen, one of these seasons.There's just no indication that it will be 2018.When the defending AFC champions return to the field in pursuit of their sixth NFL title, there are no credible threats in the division (and only one in the conference: a Pittsburgh Steelers team that hasn't outlasted them in the postseason since 2010 or beaten them in the playoffs since 1997).So while the Patriots appear to be vulnerable in several areas — tension between Brady and Belichick could be the biggest threat to the dynasty — there still doesn't seem to be anybody ready to knock them off the postseason podium.Here are some things to look for from the Patriots this season:AGELESS WONDERBrady was 40 when he won his third NFL MVP last year, leading the league in yards passing and leading the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the eighth time. In the game, he threw for a record 505 yards and brought New England back from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit to take a 33-32 lead with nine minutes left.That's a player who is at the top of the mountain, not over the hill.BOUNCING BACKBut Brady was unable to muster another comeback after the Eagles retook the lead, and the lingering image of the game was Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles catching a touchdown pass while Brady let the ball thrown his way bounce off his hands.It was the third Super Bowl loss for New England in the Brady-Belichick era.So, how have they bounced back from previous big game losses?In 2008, after a loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl spoiled New England's hopes for a perfect and unprecedented 19-0 season Youth Kerry Wynn Jersey , Brady was injured in Week 1 and the Patriots went 11-5 under backup Matt Cassel but did not make the playoffs based on a tiebreaker.In 2012, after another loss to Eli Manning and the Giants, New England went 12-4 but lost in the AFC title game to the Baltimore Ravens.POOR RECEPTIONWith the loss of Brandin Cooks (65 catches) and Danny Amendola (61), the Patriots are down their top two wide receivers from last year. Throw in Julian Edelman, who caught 98 passes in 2016 but was injured last year and is suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers.Until Edelman is eligible to return for the Oct. 4 game against Indianapolis, Brady's top targets are tight end Rob Gronkowski (69 catches), running back James White (56), and wideout Chris Hogan, who had 34 catches in nine games. Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthews, Kenny Britt and Eric Decker were all brought in but didn't work out.TEAM TURMOILThe decision to bench Malcolm Butler, the hero of the 2014 championship, in this year's Super Bowl not only cost him a reliable member of the secondary, it also raised doubts about Belichick's judgment in New England — new territory for a team whose unofficial motto had been "In Bill We Trust."Belichick has also clashed with owner Robert Kraft about the succession plan at quarterback: The coach was reportedly ready to move on from Brady to backup Jimmy Garoppolo, and when Kraft took sides with the player he treats like a son, Belichick gave Jimmy G. to San Francisco for the pittance of a second-round pick.Belichick has also struggled to establish boundaries for Brady's fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, banning him from the sidelines and the team plane for a time. Guerrero was back in both places during preseason Week 3.CALLING THE SHOTSLongtime defensive coordinator Matt Patricia left to take over as head coach of the Detroit Lions, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left for — and then backed out of — the top job in Indianapolis. Belichick did not replace Patricia, but linebackers coach Brian Flores will call the plays on defense.Coaching churn is one thing the Patriots are used to, though. Charlie Weis, Bill O'Brien, Eric Mangini, McDaniels and Romeo Crennel are among those who earned promotions after serving on Belichick's staff, and he replaced all of them without difficulty.

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