T-minus 7 1/2 hours until (kinda) legitimate Giants football. 7 1/2 hours until I can officially start getting pumped for 2013. Sure, the first preseason game might not be the most exciting to watch, but there’s a few answers that’ll start to take shape – like sorting out the LB pecking order. Will guys like Herzlich & Williams take advantage of their opportunities? What does Rivers have left in the tank? Can Aaron Curry flash the skills that made him a top-5 pick just 4 years ago? Will Dan Connor stab someone to climb the depth chart? All these guys will most likely be in the top-6 rotation along with Paysinger, but don’t count out names like Bosworth, Sabino & Muasau. Regardless of who plays, without a breakout or two, the LB corps will still be a Giant weakness.
It’s also Year 1 A.B. – After Bradshaw. Whatever he contributed offensively should at least be matched by the combo of Wilson & Brown. That’s the easy part. The big question is how steep a drop-off comes from losing the best pass-protecting back over the past few seasons. Will Beatty’s healthy return to left tackle will certainly help keep Eli unscathed, but the jury’s still out on how well his RBs (namely Wilson) can back up the line under blitzes & breakdowns. We’ll get a glimpse tonight.
The player I’m looking forward to watching the most is Damontre’ Moore. With JPP & Tuck out, he should see plenty of snaps. Kiwi & Tracy might be ahead of him now, but if there’s one addition to the Big Blue roster who can make the most noise, I think it’s DaMonster. He’s a first-round talent who free-fell into the Giants’ laps in the 3rd because of a shitty combine. Big deal. He’s been beating up on #1 pick Justin Pugh in camp before his concussion & has done nothing but impress so far. No one knows for sure when JPP will be back, and Tuck’s supposed resurgence already has health question marks. DE depth could be tested early, and I got my chips on DaMonster proving the Giants won’t skip a beat there.
Yo Eli, you ready for some motherfucking football!?!?
(Fuck you, it looks like he’s saying “Oh yeah”)