The New York Giants will host the Chicago Bears on NFL Network Friday, August 16th at 7:30 PM as they host the Chicago Bears for preseason game number two. Here is a list of players to watch for Friday.
QB Daniel Jones
“Danny Dimes”, “DJ”, “Dan the Man”, it’s safe to say, many fans have jumped on the “DanWagon”. Daniel Jones impressed last game, going a perfect 5-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown. Jones will certainly see more time Friday than he did last week due to the storm rolling in resulting in a one-hour delay. Look for Jones to turn some heads, and he may even make some plays with his legs.
CB Corey Ballentine
With Sam Beal still nursing an injury and first-round pick DeAndre Baker banged up with a sprained knee, look for Ballentine to get some snaps with the first-team, and to see him out there making some plays. Ballentine shined in their last outing, having an interception and showing great ball skills on defense.
OLB Oshane Ximines
Or as we call him, “X-man”. Ximines was able to show some pass-rushing capabilities last game. Although there were no sacks, he was able to collapse the pocket and to bull rush the tackle to take away space for the QB to throw. Look for X-man to have a great game and to register his first sack of the preseason.
WRs T.J. Jones/Alonzo Russell
Russell has been one of Jones’ favorite targets all summer, and now adding to his favoritism is T.J. Jones. Jones had a strong outing last game, despite joining the team as of late. Russell had a great 39-yard catch from QB Alex Tanney last game. Look for these two players to make some plays, just as they have on the practice field this summer.
LB Ryan Connelly
Connelly has been money this summer. In his first preseason debut last week, he was all over the field on defense and special teams. He added 4 tackles on the day with 1 assisted tackle. He also drew some penalties on special teams and defense. Connelly showed some great tackling skills and even some coverage skills. He was also a great asset on special teams, flying to the ball and closing in on returns to make the tackle. With Ogletree missing some time in practice, it forced Tae Davis to step in, making Connelly step up and take some reps with the first-team defense this week. Look for Connelly to have a strong game and to continue to turn some heads this summer.