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Giants vs. Bears: Giants who need to step up against Chicago

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Here are a few players who could use good performances

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Eli Manning handing the ball to Wayne Gallman last week vs. the Jets.
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Let’s take a look at some New York Giants who could benefit from good performances in Friday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

Eli Manning — This isn’t about his starting job. It is just about quelling, temporarily, some of the noise. It would simply be comforting to see Manning throw the ball well, make good decisions and lead a scoring drive or two.

Kyle Lauletta — The second-year quarterback got his preseason off to a nice start last week. That needs to continue if he is going to convince the Giants to keep him around.

Paul Perkins — Trying to earn a spot as a backup running back after spending 2018 on IR, Perkins got off to a rough start last week. He had a fumble, a drop and gained only 9 yards on four carries. Saquon Barkley won’t play Friday night. Wayne Gallman probably won’t, either, as he has a foot issue. This could be Perkins’ best opportunity to show that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

Reggie White Jr. and Alex Wesley — White had four catches last week. Wesley will be debuting as he returns from a fractured bone in his foot. Both undrafted free agent wide receivers are roster long shots, and have little margin for error in their bids to stick around.

All the backup offensive linemen — Other than Spencer Pulley, I’m not convinced any of the backup offensive linemen currently on the roster have really earned a spot on the 53-man roster. Chad Slade, who played five games with the Houston Texans in 2017, might be closest to having a spot. There are jobs available. Can anyone grab them?

B.J. Goodson — He’s been surpassed on the depth chart by Tae Davis. Ryan Connelly, too. Maybe even Jonathan Anderson and Josiah Tauaefa. At this point, I doubt Goodson is making the Giants’ 53-man roster. He needs to make a splash to have a chance. Or, he at least needs some good film to show the rest of the league.

Riley Dixon — Paging Mr. Dixon. The arrival of Johnny Townsend is a clear signal that your job as the Giants’ punter isn’t guaranteed. Dixon needs to be sharper than he was a week ago.

Dexter Lawrence — There was panic from some corners of the fan base after Lawrence didn’t make a tackle in six snaps last week. Panic, I tell ya! As with Manning, it would just be comforting to see the big man show up on the stat sheet Friday night.