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Key night for several Giants

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Newsday's Arthur Staple has done a good job breaking down players who need to play well tonight when the Giants take on the New York Jets.

Here is Staple's list.

DT Marcus Bell -- Remember when he might have started? He was running with the third unit this week.

RB Reuben Droughns -- Derrick Ward's sprained ankle should give the veteran a chance to show some more, but Ward and even Ryan Grant have outplayed Droughns thus far.

CB E.J. Underwood -- Hasn't hurt himself with his play of late, but has been hurt more by some improved play from Kevin Dockery.

K Lawrence Tynes -- Josh Huston's 50-yarder in Baltimore gave the rookie the edge, so Tynes needs an opportunity to make something and kick off deep to prove he should be the kicker.

QB Tim Hasselbeck -- Needs to have the greatest game ever to even be considered for the third QB spot.

OL Adam Koets/Guy Whimper -- If neither shows improvement, everyone better pray that David Diehl stays as healthy as he always has.

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I would add CB Corey Webster to the list. He has a huge opportunity this week with Sam Madison injured, and needs to show the Giants he can handle the job.

As for Koets and Whimper, scan the list of backups on the Giants offensive line. After Gray Reugamer and Zach Piller there isn't much to feel comfortable with. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Giants pick up a veteran OT on waivers before the season starts.