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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

This is the final day of the 2019 preseason with your Giants facing the New England Patriots on Thursday evening. Here is all of your game time, TV information. Teams have to set their initial 53-man rosters by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Here are some thoughts on that:

Now, let’s get to your Thursday headlines.

Why Michael Irvin thinks it’s a ‘one-horse race’ in NFC East for the Eagles, and how the Giants might still contend - nj.com

His message: Don’t sleep on the Giants. Unless Eli Manning struggles again.

“I think it’s gonna be interesting to watch the Giants and Redskins and what they do,” Irvin said. “But now when I look at the Eagles and Cowboys, that’s a tight battle, a tough battle. The Giants, it’s all according to how Eli plays. If Eli comes out and plays well early on, the Giants will be a contender in the NFC East. If Eli doesn’t play well and they play Daniel Jones (instead) and he plays well, the Giants can be a contender in the NFC East.”

Cowboys are fearing the worst watching Giants' Daniel Jones

“I think it’s an interesting story to see how Jones is doing, and seeing how these young quarterbacks progress,’’ Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said recently on 105.3-FM The Fan in Dallas. “I think you learn from it when you see how teams manage that, and certainly interesting to see those guys come around.

“You probably do have a little twinge of, ‘Well, I hope he’s not too good.’ I know when we were watching [Saquon] Barkley from afar, you say, ‘Whew, we’re going to be going up against that two times a year.’ But that’s part of the business. It’s also interesting to see how these young teams, or how these young quarterbacks are brought along.’’

Giants’ Kam Moore seeking dismissal of domestic violence charge from ‘jilted ex-girlfriend’, reinstatement from suspension - nj.com
Giants safety Kam Moore missed all of training camp and the preseason while suspended. The dismissal of his temporary restraining order did not lead to a quick return to the field.

Why NFL Teams Find It So Hard to Quit QBs - The Ringer

NFL teams are averse to letting a known quantity walk before wading into the unknown, even with the benefits of a rookie QB contract staring them in the face, and even when the going rate for that decision is more than $30 million annually. It’s a striking disconnect in a league that has increasingly embraced analytics. So instead of investigating whether teams should eschew big-money deals in favor of pursuing another rookie option, we sought to find out why moves like this haven’t happened. “It’s so damn hard to locate the right quarterback for your system,” Dimitroff says. “And if you finally do, and your QB is thriving through those years, and all of a sudden you flip that and the next year you’re searching for someone that’s not that easy to find, I think you’re perceived as being a horse’s ass. That’s the reality.”

PFF 2019 NFL Preseason Week 4 Preview: Players to watch in all 16 games | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

While the spotlight has been stuck on rookie first-rounder Daniel Jones from the jump, second-year signal-caller Kyle Lauletta has been outstanding for the Giants this preseason. Lauletta has been very accurate throwing the football and has completed 15-of-22 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns in August, earning a 90.1 passing grade in the process. He should get plenty of work on Thursday, another opportunity to put his progress on display. A constant highlight of the preseason, undrafted rookie Pats receiver Jakobi Meyers has caught 19-of-26 targets for 225 yards and two touchdowns across 92 routes run this preseason. He’s gone from playing for a roster spot to playing for a significant share of Tom Brady’s targets in 2019.

What Giants fans should look for in final preseason game

Giants fans should look to see which of the team's young offensive lineman will perform will in their bids to make the team. Also, they can see if rookie tight end C.J. Conrad, who has done enough to warrant a spot on the practice squad, can make the main roster.

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