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Giants vs. Jets: 5 things to watch in Thursday’s preseason opener

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Are you ready for you first real glimpse of the 2019 Giants?

NFL: AUG 03 Giants Training Camp
Look at Saquon now. You probably won’t see him Thursday night.
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What will we see from the New York Giants in Thursday’s preseason opener vs. the New York Jets? Here are five things to watch as you settle in for your first Giants game of 2019.

Daniel Jones ... of course

All eyes will be on the sixth overall pick when he makes his debut Thursday night. Best guess is we will see Jones early, as Eli Manning figures to make a quick exit.

You have been hearing about how well the young man has throws the deep ball during training camp. Will we see an example?

You’ve heard about his athleticism. Will we see him make a play or two with his legs?

You’ve heard how Manning-like he is in temperament. Will that manifest itself?

When he has struggled, it’s been perhaps being a little hesitant when going through his reads. Will we see some of that against the Jets?

Jones is the future at quarterback. It’s going to be exciting to get a glimpse of his development.

All those young defensive backs

The Giants have said they selected DeAndre Baker because he was the best cover corner in the draft class. He will be a starter in 2019. Julian Love is playing in the slot and is the backup free safety. Corey Ballentine has been drawing raves lately as he seems to keep getting better. Sean Chandler and Ronald Zamort are fighting for roster spots.

What’s all the excitement about with these young players? See for yourself.

The UDFAs you have been hearing about

Tight end C.J. Conrad, a guy I have steadfastly predicted will make the 53-man roster, tops the list. Wide receiver Reggie White Jr. is another. Not sure if Alex Wesley will see game action since he took his first reps during full team periods of practice just a couple of days ago. Offensive linemen James O’Hagan, Paul Adams and Nick Gates (who was on IR a year ago). On defense, maybe we get our first look at newly-acquired edge Joey Alfieri. Inside linebacker Josiah Tauaefa is another player to look for.

These are the games in which these players can give themselves a real shot at making the roster. Let’s see who takes advantage.

Will there be a pass rush?

Not sure how much Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill will play. When they are in the game, can they impact the pass rush? How much of Lorenzo Carter will we see? Will Oshane Ximines look like a guy who can help the pass rush in 2019? Will RJ McIntosh look like he can help?

What you won’t see

Many of the veterans. Coach Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal anything about who would or would not play on Thursday. We can, however, take an educated guess.

You almost certainly won’t see Saquon Barkley. It would, in fact, be stunning if Barkley plays a single preseason snap. Get used to watching Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Paul Perkins and Jon Hilliman.

You will probably see only a little bit of Eli Manning. I doubt Markus Golden plays as the Giants have been careful with his practice reps. Guys like Janoris Jenkins, Antoine Bethea and Alec Ogletree will make cameos — if they play at all.

The veteran offensive line might play a little more, particularly to give Jones a chance to work behind them for a series or two.