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New York Giants: Five Players to Watch in Preseason Week 4 vs. New England Patriots

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COMMENTARY | Don't expect to see much of Eli Manning or Hakeem Nicks when the New York Giants play the New England Patriots on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Gillette Stadium.

According to coach Tom Coughlin, the offensive starters will see 12-15 snaps in Big Blue's final game of the preseason.

But here are five players you should be watching, especially with teams around the National Football League required to cut rosters down to 53 players by Saturday:

RB Da'Rel Scott -- The speedy Scott has failed to impress the Giants through the first three games of the preseason. Frankly, he hasn't done much in his first two years with the team. Thus, his roster spot will be hanging in the balance against the Pats. Michael Cox has blown past him on the depth chart, so he'll probably need to beat out the experienced Ryan Torain if he wants to avoid being cut.

LB Kyle Bosworth -- The release of Aaron Curry may have opened the door for the high-energy Bosworth to make the team. Bosworth played a combined 52 snaps at linebacker and special teams and had six tackles against the New York Jets last week. Is it just me, or does Bosworth remind you of former Big Blue linebacker and special-teams captain Chase Blackburn?

S David Caldwell -- Since training camp started, the undrafted free agent out of William & Mary has seen his stock and playing time rise -- he played 40 defensive snaps against the Jets. As I've said before, Caldwell is one of several candidates to replace Stevie Brown, who is out for the season with an ACL injury, but he needs a solid game to stay in Coughlin's immediate plans.

DE Adrian Tracy -- Tracy, a sixth-round pick in 2010, has a ton of potential, but how much longer will the Giants wait on him? Fellow defensive ends Adewale Ojomo, Matt Broha and Justin Trattou have made strides this preseason, while Tracy has been stagnant. Still, Tracy saw the most snaps of all of them against the Jets, so the Giants are giving him every chance to stick. This may be his last one.

WR Ramses Barden -- The Giants have long been intrigued by Barden's size and skills, which he flashed in full in Week 3 of last season with nine catches for 138 yards against the Carolina Panthers. However, Barden only has five catches for 38 yards this summer, and now Julian Talley and Kevin Hardy are pushing up on his roster spot. That should be enough motivation for a big game.

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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