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Giants’ Blue-White Scrimmage preview: Last chance for bubble players to impress

Rosters have to be set on Saturday

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Thursday’s New York Giants event at MetLife Stadium is billed as another Blue-White Scrimmage, the last time the Giants will work before Saturday’s roster cut downs. This one, though, will not resemble the “game-like” conditions the Giants tried to replicate last Friday.

“This is going to be set up a lot more like a situational practice for us. We’ve kind of made that decision based on where we’ve gone as a team. We got a lot of good work in,” coach Joe Judge said on Wednesday. “We still want to put them out there in the stadium tomorrow and get used to the atmosphere, the surroundings, so we can work as coaches and we work with the team in terms of substitution, breaks in the action, still building that game flow that we can create. But the majority of what it’s going to be tomorrow is just simulated situations of the games, some move the field periods where we’ll put the ball down and let them play.”

Judge didn’t name names, but he indicated there may be some players who are held out of the action as the Giants turn toward preparing for their season opener vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 14.

“We’re going to limit some of the action and exposure we give some of these guys tomorrow just based on workloads they’ve already had,” Judge said.

The day is still a critical one for several players on the roster bubble. On offense, backup spots at wide receiver and on the offensive line could be impacted by Thursday’s scrimmage. On defense, backup spots across every position on the roster could still be up in the air.

When the week began, Judge said this about evaluating players for the final few spots on the roster:

“We want to make sure we take advantage of the remaining time to give everyone a fair shot and make sure we don’t oversee someone’s ability and make an assumption too quick.”

That “fair shot” ends Thursday afternoon.