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New York's starting trio of wide receivers has not yet been validated during the preseason.
Victor Cruz is the only proven member of the bunch. Last year, he fell two yards shy of his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Cruz is a favorite target of Eli Manning's when he lines up in the slot, but that familiar quarterback-receiver connection has not been on display during the preseason.
Against the Colts, Cruz caught what would have been a huge gain and his first reception of the preseason. However, he lost the ball at the end of the play, and the Giants were forced to settle for a five-yard illegal contact call on the play.
Manning's offense is at its best when his slot receiver is a menace to cover, so it is imperative to the health of the unit for Cruz to find his groove soon.
Starting opposite Cruz will be third-year receiver Rueben Randle, who has caught only one pass for 12 yards this preseason.
Randle is a large-framed pass-catcher who has displayed great hands in the past, particularly in the red zone. Last year, he led the team with six touchdown grabs, despite the fact that he was the No. 3 target behind both Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
Randle was criticized last season for communication issues with Manning, and one has to wonder how well he's picking up the mental aspect of Ben McAdoo's new West Coast-themed offense.
Originally, Randle called it "pretty much black and white, simple," per Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger. Receivers coach Sean Ryan cautioned that Randle was over-simplifying things back then, and early indications say that Ryan was right.
The third starter on opening day will be Jerrel Jernigan, not 2014 first-round selection Odell Beckham Jr., whom the Giants so desperately need in the lineup.
Although Beckham will probably be healthy enough to play in Week 1 of the regular season, he has likely missed too many reps in training camp to get on the same page as Manning and the rest of the offense.
I mean, just look at the lack of progress made by the guys who are actually practicing.
Jernigan has been one of Manning's most-targeted receivers in the preseason, but the 2011 third-round pick has done very little with the influx of attention.
As far as tight end goes, it's anyone's guess who the Week 1 starter could be. If the season were to begin today, Larry Donnell would probably be the starter.
Veterans Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis could make a push for those duties in the closing weeks of the preseason. It would be a long shot for Adrien Robinson to come all the way back from the bottom of the depth chart to win the starting job.