The New York Giants play their second of five preseason games on Saturday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. ET. Here are a few things to watch for.
Wide Receiver Competition
Marcus 'Soup' Harris has had a big week, playing well against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and following that up with an excellent week of practice. Undrafted free agent Corey Washington had a 73-yard touchdown vs. Buffalo, and has also had his moments during practice this week. Preston Parker has had a good camp and did well returning punts vs. the Bills. Which of those young guns will continue to impress? It seems likely that one, and maybe two, of those players could make the 53-man roster.
Rookie kicker Brandon McManus is issuing a strong challenge to veteran Josh Brown. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn made it clear that McManus "will really have to beat him [Brown] out in all areas to win the job." Can he do that? We get another clue to the ultimate answer on Saturday.
A Jason Pierre-Paul Sighting
Pierre-Paul has talked a great deal about how he believes he can return to his 2011 All-Pro form following two so-so seasons. He has drawn praise during camp, yet was barely noticed vs. the Bills in the Hall of Fame Game.
"JPP is a special player. We need for him to be special," said defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Granted, this is preseason. It would, however, be comforting for the Giants to see a flash of the 2011 JPP at some point in the preseason.
It took the Giants' first-team offense three series vs. Buffalo to do anything productive. When they did put together an impressive 12-play, 80-yard march it came against the Bills' second unit. It would be nice to see the Giants at least put together a handful of first downs against Pittsburgh's first defense Saturday night.
Will Brandon Mosley look like a player who is settling at right guard? Will Weston Richburg look like a player intent on taking that job away from Mosley? What can John Jerry do? Which guys will begin to look like capable backups?
Pretty amazing. Ryan Nassib wasn't even mentioned, even though his progress is also of interest. What else will you be looking for, Giants' fans?