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Fact or Fiction: Next preseason star?


WR Corey Washington will lead the team in preseason TDs.

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DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -He proved to be a homerun threat last preseason and earned himself a roster spot. I wouldn't be surprised if he catches a few more this time around, but I'm going with rookie sixth-round pick Geremy Davis. Not only is he having a strong training camp, including the joint practices in Cincinnati, but he will also get the reps. Also look out for Julian Talley, who has been making plays this summer. But who knows, you can't count out Odell Beckham Jr. in any category involving touchdowns, regardless of how many reps he sees.

LANCE MEDOW: Fiction -Last preseason, Corey Washington stole the show as he led the team in receptions (10), receiving yards (155) and touchdowns (4).  To put those numbers in perspective, the rest of the team combined for four receiving touchdowns and there were just five total rushing scores.  Given there are a number of wide receivers ahead of Washington on the depth chart, you figure he'll get plenty of playing time during the preseason and his 6-4 frame gives him an advantage over his teammates as a big target, especially in the redzone.  Plus, last year, three of his four touchdown receptions came off passes from Ryan Nassib and, with the third-year quarterback in line to see a great deal of work under center during the preseason, there's no reason why their chemistry can't continue.  The only major threat to Washington's spot atop the leaderboard is this year's sixth round pick Geremy Davis, who has had an impressive training camp thus far and can stretch the field.  The reason I give the edge to Washington is based on how the Giants used him last preseason and his history with Nassib. DE Owa Odighizuwa will lead the team in preseason sacks**.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact - **The preseason is unpredictable when it comes to numbers, but Owa Odighizuwa, the Giants' third-round draft pick, has been coming along in his first training camp and makes for an

intriguing player to watch once the live action begins on Friday night. He has all the physical tools, and now it's time to see what he can do in a game. And based on some of the flashes he showed in Cincinnati, he could be up for the challenge.

LANCE MEDOW: Fiction -
Last preseason, Damontre Moore led the team in sacks with four and three other players had two apiece, including Kerry Wynn and Jordan Stanton, who are both back in the mix but with Wynn now penciled in as a starter, he'll likely see limited snaps in the preseason.  Owa Odighizuwa is just a rookie and it remains to be seen how Steve Spagnuolo is going to utilize him and where he'll line up, even during the preseason.  Based on those question marks, I'd lean toward either Moore or George Selvie leading the team in sacks this preseason.

The Bengals' D-Line will be the toughest test this preseason.


DAN SALOMONE: Fact - **Under longtime head coach Marvin Lewis, who has a defensive background, the Bengals have been one of the tougher teams up front, although 2014 was a down year for the unit. In the three years prior, Cincinnati finished third, sixth and seventh in the NFL in yards allowed while only the St. Louis Rams had more sacks in that span.

LANCE MEDOW: Fact -If you go based on last season's stats, the Bengals wouldn't support that statement, but 2014 was a rare down year, in terms of production, for Cincinnati's defensive line.  The Bengals were dead last in sacks (20) in the NFL and struggled to stop the run, but one of their best defensive linemen, Geno Atkins, wasn't 100 percent and still recovering from knee surgery.  Prior to 2014, especially from 2011-2013, Cincy consistently ranked in the top 10 in sacks and run defense.  The Giants other three opponents (Jaguars, Jets, Patriots) haven't shown that type of consistency.  When healthy, you'd be hard pressed to top a defensive line that showcases Carlos Dunlap, Domata Peko, Geno Atkins and Michael Johnson (injured).

Rashad Jennings will have the most touches in the Giants' backfield in 2015.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Despite playing in only 11 games with nine starts in 2014, he came close as he recorded 167 carries and 30 receptions for 197 touches. Meanwhile, as a rookie,

Andre Williams had 235 (217 carries and 18 catches). Of course, the addition of Shane Vereen, who set the Super Bowl record for most receptions by a running back, will alter these numbers, but Jennings is the top guy on the depth chart and could see the most touches.

LANCE MEDOW: Fact -If you're going to lead the Giants in touches, you've got to be versatile and that's a term fit for Rashad Jennings.  Last season, Andre Williams had the most touches in the backfield, but keep in mind, he played five more games than Jennings and now Shane Vereen is in the mix.  Assuming Jennings stays healthy, I think he'll see the best balance between rushes and receptions.  Williams is still developing as a receiver and while Vereen may have the best hands of the trio, I don't think he'll average as many carries per game as Jennings.  Despite missing time due to injury, Jennings still averaged 15 rushes per game in 2014. The most Vereen has averaged in a single season is six (2014).

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