COMMENTARY | The New York Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-13 in their preseason opener Aug. 10, but they didn't score many style points in the process. Aside from a 57-yard touchdown from Victor Cruz, the G-Men -- as you would expect in the first game of the preseason -- looked rusty.
The Giants will have a chance to iron out the wrinkles when they host the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 18. Keep an eye on these five Giants during the game:
RB Andre Brown -- The Giants' running game left a lot to be desired against the Steelers. Making matters worse, Brown annoyed coach Tom Coughlin with a careless fumble in the second quarter. Brown, who didn't fumble once last year, has been under the microscope for his mistake, so it'll be interesting to see how he responds. One thing is certain -- he better hold on to the ball this week.
DT Marvin Austin -- Austin played the most snaps of any defender against Steelers, but he failed to make a single tackle. That's not a good sign for the third-year pro who is fighting for a roster spot. Defensive tackle is one of the team's deepest positions and Austin, who missed all of his rookie year with a pectoral tear and played in only eight games last season, is running out of chances.
DE Adrian Tracy -- Tracy has been a training camp star, but he failed to get in the box score against the Steelers despite playing 42 percent of the team's defensive snaps. Meanwhile, Adewale Ojomo and Justin Trattou, both behind him on the team's depth chart, had a combined four tackles and 2.5 sacks. Tracy spent 2010 on injured reserve and 2011 on the practice squad. It's time for him to shine in game time.
S Ryan Mundy -- Mundy has been practicing with the first-team defense since starting safety Antrel Rolle went down with an ankle sprain Monday. Rolle vows to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, but the hard-hitting Mundy would step in for him, if there were any setbacks or another injury. This situation is exactly why the Giants signed the former Steeler.
WR Rueben Randle -- Randle has been tearing it up in training camp, but he only pulled down one catch for 16 yards against the Steelers (Eli Manning overthrew him on another play). The starters will see more time against the Colts, but you know the G-Men won't extend Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks, giving Randle a few more chances to make some plays. Watch him get in the end zone this week.
Which Giants will you be watching when Big Blue plays the Colts? Let me know in the comments section below.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.
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