Teams around the National Football League will be trimming rosters down to 53 players at the end of the month. That leaves bubble players one more preseason game to stand out. Likewise, projected starters have to show they deserve to be at the top of the depth chart. With all that in mind, these five New York Giants should be monitored against the Chicago Bears on Friday, August 24.
Ramses Barden (WR) -- Barden, who is one of my five falling stocks on the Giants, desperately needs a big game on Friday against the Bears. At the beginning of camp, he was supposed to battle with Jerrel Jernigan and Rueben Randle for the third receiver position. Now he's fighting for his roster spot.
Will Hill (S) -- One of my five rising stocks on the Giants, Hill has been impressive during camp and through the first two games of the preseason. With Tyler Sash (suspended) out for the first four games of the regular season, it's important for Hill to keeping playing well. The former New Jersey high school star went undrafted out of Florida, so this is his shot at redemption, too.
Marcus Thomas (DT) -- With the Giants hurting at defensive tackle, they signed the experienced Thomas, who started 11 games and had a career-high 43 tackles last season with the Denver Broncos. Thomas has plenty of motivation. He was seeking a long-term deal in Denver, but the Broncos passed. If he can show the Giants something against the Bears, he may not be just a short-term fix.
Prince Amukamara (CB) -- Amukamara made headlines for being on the receiving end of a hazing incident at the team's practice facility -- Jason Pierre-Paul dunked him in an ice bath. However, the promising second-year pro is yet to make a splash in the preseason. According to reports, the Giants want to see Amukamara show more swag on the field. How will he respond against the Bears?
David Wilson (RB) -- He's not guaranteed the job, but Wilson may have taken the lead in the competitive battle for the backup running back role. The shifty runner has been taking snaps with the first-team offense leading up to this game. And with projected starter Ahmad Bradshaw banged up, the first-round pick should see the bulk of the carries against the Bears.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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