New York Giants Vs. Chicago Bears Preseason Preview: What to Watch For
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler will be out to show that his poor performance in his first game as a Bear was a fluke. I expect to see the Bears give Cutler a handful of chances to pass the ball. Thus, the secondary should get ample opportunities to show why they are one of the league's up and coming young units.
Terrell Thomas, who was forced into a starting role due to Aaron Ross' injury, looked great last week.
Stoney Woodson looked excellent for a seventh round pick.
If this young unit, led by Corey Webster and Kenny Phillips, can continue to grow, they can make this defense unstoppable.
2. Defensive Line
The way the defensive line played last week, it looks like the Giants' young secondary may have a lot of opportunities to pick balls off. The line was relentless, sacking and pressuring the QB all game long.
Jay Cutler's huge arm will be a good test for the secondary, but the Giants' defensive will get a chance to continue their dominance up front.
I'd like to see pass-rushing rookie linebacker Clint Sintim get more time with the first unit.
3. Barden and Nicks
Rookie wide receivers Ramses Barden and Hakeem Nicks are the two players I was most excited to see, and I am sure I'm not alone on that one.
Unfortunately, they were not involved much in the offense.
Andre Woodson had a tough time doing anything, and Rhett Bomar wasn't given much of an opportunity to throw the ball.
I'd like to see Barden and Nicks see the field earlier so that they can get some time with the first and second offenses.
Woodson and Bomar are not going to play this season, but Barden and Nicks can be major contributors.
The more real-game experience they get, the better.
4. Special Teams
Against the Panthers, the Giants' special teams were a weak spot.
Lawrence Tynes was 1-for-2 on field goals, a blocked punt resulted in a safety and Jeff Feagles booted the ensuing free punt out of bounds.
Mario Manningham had an encouraging punt return, but Sinorice Moss did nothing to suggest that he should handle return duties.
No one should be worried about Feagles, as he looked great on most of his punts, but I'd like to see more consistency out of the rest of the special teams unit.
5. Injured Players
I do not encourage any of the injured players to rush back, but it would be nice to see the players who did not get on the field last week.
All of the offensive linemen have their jobs locked up, but players like Rocky Bernard, Chris Canty, Aaron Ross and Steve Smith play at positions of depth, and it is not yet decided how playing time will be doled out.
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