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Giants to keep an eye on this week vs. Jets


The Giants will "travel" to MetLife Stadium on Sunday for their preseason finale against the New York Jets. The game will serve as the final opportunity for many players on the roster to show the coaching staff and front office what they can contribute to the team. It remains to be seen how much the Giants' starters will play; however, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said his starters would be playing about a quarter to a quarter-and-a-half.

Here are five players to keep an eye on in the preseason finale:

RB Antonio Williams

After exploding for 177 yards on the ground in the opener against the Patriots, the Giants gained just 67 rushing yards against the Bengals last weekend. But Antonio Williams once again put together a very efficient outing. Williams rushed for 26 yards on five attempts (5.2 avg.). He also caught seven receptions, the second-most on the team, for an additional 46 yards.

The 24-year-old running back has earned an impressive 81.6 rushing grade from Pro Football Focus in the first two preseason games. This has led to him receiving an overall grade of 78.2, the highest among the team's running backs, in the preseason.

View photos from the joint practice between the Giants and Jets at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

WR David Sills V

It was a mixed week for the Giants wide receivers. Sterling Shepard passed his physical and was activated off the PUP list on Wednesday, but a few hours later, Collin Johnson was lost for the season with an Achilles injury. Johnson had performed well throughout training camp and was pushing for a big role in the offense.

Fellow receiver David Sills had a strong day last Sunday against the Bengals. He finished the game with five receptions for 56 yards, including 15 yards after the catch, and generated a passer rating of 94.9 when targeted. The 26-year-old earned a 79.7 overall grade against Cincinnati, which included an elite 84.9 grade on his six run block snaps. Sills' play has impressed his quarterback, who praised him on Thursday.

"I think he's done a great job for us this camp," said Daniel Jones after the joint practice with the Jets. "He's an extremely hard-working guy who you can count on to be in the right spot. He's a smart football player, he knows how to get open, he's talented from a route-running standpoint and someone who I have worked with a lot. He's been here for a few years, and I've really enjoy working with him. He made a lot of plays today, and he's made a lot of plays this camp."

T Devery Hamilton

The Giants have dealt with some injuries across the offensive line during training camp, which has paved the way for some of the team's reserve linemen to see extended action in the first two preseason games. One player who has truly taken advantage of this opportunity is Devery Hamilton, the undrafted tackle who originally signed to the team's practice squad last season.

Hamilton has seen significant playing time in the first two preseason games. In fact, his 113 offensive snaps are the highest on the team. Not only has Hamilton played a lot in the first two games, but he has also thrived when on the field. Hamilton has earned an elite 87.1 overall grade, including a 70.1 pass block grade and an amazing 92.5 run block grade. He has allowed just three hurries on 78 pass block snaps, with most of his time at left tackle and some spent at left guard. Hamilton was listed as the third-team left tackle on the latest unofficial depth chart and is battling for his spot on the roster.

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LB Micah McFadden

Micah McFadden was the eighth player selected among the Giants' 11-man draft class this year. The linebacker out of Indiana was thought to be a good fit for Wink Martindale's blitz-heavy defense, and two games into the preseason, the shoe has certainly fit.

McFadden tied Austin Calitro and Darren Evans with a team-high four tackles in the preseason opener, and followed that up with five tackles against the Bengals, which again led the team. He has registered two pressures on just 11 pass rush snaps, which has helped him earn an 83.1 pass rush grade. McFadden's 90.3 overall grade is the highest on the Giants defense, and also ranks in the Top 10 among the league's rookies through the first two games. The inside linebacker has also picked up 84.9 run defense and 81.2 tackle marks. All four of those PFF grades rank among the top four on the Giants defense. McFadden could be looking at an even bigger role following the season-ending injury to Darrian Beavers.

OLB Tomon Fox

Tomon Fox made one of the plays of the game against Cincinnati last week. With the Bengals in Giants' territory in the final seconds of the game, Fox forced a fumble which the Giants recovered to seal the victory. The undrafted rookie also registered a quarterback hit, and in his first two preseason games, has recorded three total pressures (one hit, two pressures).

"Fox sitting there on the sideline and defending the sideline when they have no timeouts, that was a good play," Daboll said about Fox's game-winning play. "It was a good hit. We want to make sure it's clean. He led with the shoulder. But it was good situational football, a good call by Wink and well executed by the players."

Fox has earned an overall grade of 78.9 through his first two NFL games, good for the sixth-highest mark on the Giants defense. Fox has really excelled in his limited time in coverage, as he has picked up an elite 91.5 grade on five coverage snaps.

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