Pro Football Focus listed three New York Giants as their players to watch for the Preseason Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears.
PFF listed quarterback Daniel Jones, and defensive backs, Julian Love and DeAndre Baker.
Some Giants fans purchased Super Bowl tickets after Daniel Jones’ five dropbacks last week. The 2019 first-rounder completed 5-of-5 attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown, picking up one big-time throw and a 90.3 passing grade in the process. Can he do it again? Giants rookie defensive backs DeAndre Baker and Julian Love also made a handful of eye-catching plays against the Jets last week. Both Baker and Love were both considered top-50 players by PFF entering the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jones was an obvious choice. The rookie signal-caller came out firing in his preseason debut against the New York Jets, completing all five of his passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.
The only thing that could stop him was Mother Nature, which she ended up doing. Aside from impressive numbers, Jones looked to have command of the offense on his lone drive and put the ball in the right spot on each of his throws.
While we’d like to see Baker build on his preseason debut, the Georgia product won’t be playing on Friday. Baker left practice on Sunday and had an MRI on his knee, which revealed a sprain. He believes he’ll be ready for the start of the season.
Baker was running with the first-team defense across from No. 1 corner, Janoris Jenkins in the absence of Sam Beal, who is dealing with a strained hamstring. Beal is also unlikely to play against Chicago.
Love did okay in his first preseason game, but he did have issues thanks to his lack of speed.
Now that both Baker and Beal are hurt, Love will have an opportunity to step up and show that he’s better than how he looked in what was an up-and-down debut.
Another name to watch in what is an already injury-ravaged Giants secondary will be sixth-round pick, Corey Ballentine. Expect to see some more of him this week as the Giants try to fill the holes left by multiple corners that are on the shelf.