The New York Giants face the New York Jets Friday night in their second-to-last preseason game. This is a game during which starters should play well into the second half and the only real time during the preseason that the Giants will game plan for an opponent.
"We'll be kind of looking at the Jets all week, practicing plays that are designed to go in with certain personnel," quarterback Eli Manning said. "Hopefully, that will help some."
The Giants (3-0) are looking for all the help they can get when it comes to finding some rhythm for their struggling starters on offense.
Manning is only 7-for-16 for 49 yards in three preseason games, including 1-for-9 in the past two games.
"Hopefully it will help. We've still got to perform better. No matter how well you game plan, it's still the execution on the field that's the most important thing. We know we've got to perform at a higher level and make some plays that are out there and be more consistent," Manning said. "I feel good about what we're understanding in the offense. I think now it's just a matter of taking that next step."
Manning continues to insist that he sees progress despite the obvious lack of on-field production.
"We've gotten better each week in practice and doing things, we've just got to carry that over to the game," Manning said. "I know how things are going in practice and what we're capable of doing. We've got improvements to do, but we've got a little time and we're going to keep working on those things. I've seen progress over these weeks in practice and some of these concepts we're getting better at, we're getting a better feel for these things, better timing for everything. We'll continue working on those."
Patience is, of course, necessary as the Giants gain trust in a new system and in each other. It would, however, be nice to see a step forward Friday vs. the Jets. Perhaps a minimal game plan will help.