Most of the starters will be sitting out the final preseason game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots on Wednesday, August 29 at MetLife Stadium. So why watch, you ask? Well, it's also the final game before the next round of roster cuts, as teams soon must get down to 53 players. That's extra incentive for most of these five Giants to bring their "A" game against the Pats.
Da'Rel Scott (RB) -- Ahmad Bradshaw and first-round pick David Wilson are safe. More than likely, so is fullback Henry Hynoski. That leaves running backs Ware, Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott. I'm just guessing, but I'd say Ware and Brown are ahead of Scott going into the final preseason game. The Giants will keep two of the three, at most, so Scott needs a big game to survive the next cut.
Markus Kuhn (DT) -- The Giants are hurting at defensive tackle. Shaun Rogers may be out for the season, Chris Canty landed on the Physically Unable to Perform list and Marvin Austin is banged up. That opens the door for Kuhn, a 26-year-old rookie out of North Carolina State. Dwayne Hendricks has played well so far this preseason. The addition of Kuhn would give the D-line a boost.
Bruce Johnson (CB) -- Just like last year, the Giants will enter the regular season with injuries to the secondary. Terrell Thomas has been out since the beginning of camp and Prince Amukamara went down with a high ankle sprain last week against the Chicago Bears. The Giants may need Johnson, who spelled Amukamara, when the regular season starts -- that is, if he's up to the task.
Ramses Barden (WR) -- As I detailed in a previous story, Barden could use another strong game to cement his spot on the roster. He had three catches for a team-high 46 yards and one touchdown, an 11-yard catch from Eli Manning, against the Bears last week. Barden's big body and play-making skills are tantalizing, but he has to show the Giants more consistency in game action.
Hakeem Nicks (WR) -- Normally, a player the caliber of Nicks wouldn't play much, if at all, in the final preseason game. But the fourth-year pro missed the team's first three exhibition games recovering from a broken foot and needs to shake off some rust. Nicks remains on target to play in the season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but it would be encouraging to see him play well against the Pats.
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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