“I’m definitely excited for the opportunity to experience my pro debut at the Hall of Fame Game,” said Watkins. “It was one of the first things I noticed when I looked at the schedule after being drafted by the Bills. Growing up a Bills fan, the chance to play in Canton on the same weekend that Andre Reed gets inducted into the Hall will be surreal.”
The rookies have been prepped by the veteran players. They’ve been told the speed of the game will increase from camp practice to a preseason game.
“They told me it turns up a notch that you can’t even imagine right now,” said third-round pick
Playing time to be determined
“The expectation is that we’re going to play the game to win,” Marrone said flatly.
That being said proven players like
“We probably won’t play a ton, but while we’re out there we want to make sure that we’re looking crisp,” said Spiller. “We don’t want to turn the ball over. We want to take care of it and put some points on the board. This will be a great stepping stone to trying to become an elite offense. I’m excited about getting out there and about seeing the twos and some of our young offensive linemen and obviously in our running back room I want to see what those guys can do.”
Offense stressing efficiency
“A productive night. A bunch of good drives. Move the ball,” said Manuel of what he wants the offense to come away with following Sunday night’s game. “If we score a lot of points that’s awesome, but I think the main thing is we want to see guys get in and out of the huddle, go through plays and execute. This is our first game so we just want to go out there and do what we’ve been practicing every day.”
Coordinators focused on matchups
“You want to be able to see the guys that can compete when it’s real live football, see the guys that really want to get after it, understand the system and that you can depend on,” Hackett said. “I think the biggest thing throughout the whole preseason from an evaluation standpoint with all of the guys is do they know their job, how do they communicate with the other guys and how do they make plays afterwards? It’s a great opportunity for us to see all of the players and what they can do.”
New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is in more of an evaluation mode as he inherits a new unit on his side of the ball in his first season in Buffalo.
“We want to see some good communication, some tackling, we want to see players win,” he said. “Not necessarily scheme because we won’t scheme a whole lot for preseason games. I want to see guys rush one-on-one and see if they can win. We want guys to cover one-on-one and see if they can win. This is a talent evaluation part of what we’re doing. It’s about seeing who we can rely on to be on the field.”
The availability of starting cornerbacks
The Giants are coming off a 7-9 non-playoff season. They revamped their offense with new coordinator Ben McAdoo, who came to New York from Green Bay where he was quarterbacks coach. His offense has been described as a fast-paced West Coast offense with smash mouth principles.
“There are five games [on our preseason schedule], and you approach it in different ways when you have five instead of four,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “But we are going to benefit from this, from more opportunities in our new offense."
New York GM Jerry Reese turned over the roster with several veterans not re-signed in the offseason. Among their more notable free agents additions were RB Rashad Jennings, G Geoff Schwartz and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. LSU WR Odell Beckham was the Giants first-round pick this spring.
Starting LT William Beatty is not expected to play Sunday night. Free agent signee Charles Brown is expected to start in his absence.