As the Giants prepare to take on their not-that-bitter in-state rival Jets, the preseason has reached it's halfway point.
The preseason is a time for player on the bubble to make a name for themselves; a time for players to make a case for more playing time.
Let us now light up a candle and gather 'round the computer monitor and examine those players who are helping or hurting their own cause.
Bar none, the breakout star of the preseason thus far. Hard to call someone a breakout star two years after he led the team in rushing in the Super Bowl.
But Bradshaw looks more dangerous than ever, and he could be an even better compliment to Brandon Jacobs than Derrick Ward.
He's looked solid running the ball, but even better as a receiver. He even excelled as a return man. He is slippery and explosive with a good amount of power.
With the injury to Andre Brown, Ware has the third running back spot all to himself.
Manningham looked great on punt returns, despite fumbling one. He also looks like he could become a special receiver if he and Eli Manning ever get on the same page.
He only has one reception for six yards, but he also had a 13 yard reception wiped out by a penalty.
He's also looked pretty good running deep, and has been constantly targeted by Manning. It seems like Eli wants him to become his new go-to receiver. I am confident that he will continue to improve.
Goff was injured his entire rookie season, but he has looked like a seasoned veteran this preseason.
He shows great instincts and fundamentals, and he could see some significant playing time if he continues to climb the depth chart.
With all of the injuries on the defensive line, this college linebacker could see time as a pass rusher. He has been a handful for second and third teamers this preseason, and it would be nice to see how he fares against NFL starters.
He reminds me of Mathias Kiwanuka, and not just because he took his old number.
The undrafted rookie out of Penn State could prove to be a steal. He had the talent to start at Penn State, but was suspended due to off the field issues.
Evans has looked great in practice and impressed me in the first preseason game. With all of the injuries to the defensive line, his chances of making the team are looking up.
Like Evans, Tollefson has looked great in practice. Also like Evans, he benefits from the current state of the defensive line.
He has always been solid depth, but perhaps he can take his game to a new level this season.
He has looked lost at times. His lack of pocket awareness is alarming and he does not handle pressure well. When he has gotten time, he has done a great job of missing his targets.
I wish him the best, but his time with the team may be running out.
For all the talk of Moss' breakout minicamp, he looks like the same old bust every time I see him on the field. His punt returns have been uninspiring at best, and he has only two receptions for ten yards.
We all know he's quick, but he has never been able to get enough separation to make him a significant deep threat. If he can't return punts, can't use his speed to go deep and can't stay healthy, what good is he?
His stock is not way down; it might actually be the highest it's been at this point in a season for him. But at what point is enough enough?
Everyones favorite special teams specialist hasn't looked so special this preseason. He has dropped passes left and right in practice, which is not a new thing. He's a "gamer."
Unfortunately, he hasn't stood out in live action either, as a receiver or a special teamer.
It is getting more and more likely that a difficult and emotional separation is imminent. His last catch as a Giant may be the biggest in franchise history.
Incidentally, the three players responsible for the three most dramatic moments of the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl run have faced bad luck the next season (last season).
Lawrence Tynes (NFC Championship winning kick, in case you forgot) and David Tyree (he caught a ball with his helmet, for your information) suffered what were basically season ending injuries.
Plaxico Burress (Super Bowl Winning Touchdown, if I remember correctly) went ahead and shot two-years-in-prison worth of bullets into his leg (that's one bullet, for those keeping track).
Now Jay Alford (whose sack of Tom Brady that sealed the Super Bowl victory was arguably the fourth biggest moment of the 2007 playoffs), is facing season-ending knee surgery.
Perhaps the Giants are still paying the price to the football Gods for their miraculous victory over the unbeatable New England Patriots.
When will the injuries stop?
The three big free agent signings, Michael Boley, Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard have all suffered major injuries.
Fourth round pick Andre Brown is out for the season.
Jay Alford is probably lost for the year as well.
Aaron Ross re-injured his hamstring.
At least ten others have been more than just banged up.
As a Mets fan, I've just about had it with injuries. I'm not going through another injury plagued season. I just won't do it. So help me God, I'll scream!