Preseason kicks off tomorrow vs. New York Jets
The Giants will play their preseason opener tomorrow when they host the Jets at 7:30 p.m at MetLife Stadium.
The teams met in 51 consecutive summers (1969-2019) before last year's game – and the NFL's entire preseason schedule – was canceled due to the pandemic. This will be just the fourth time the teams that share MetLife Stadium will meet in the preseason opener. They also faced each other to open the preseason in 1983, 2010 and 2019 and were scheduled to do so again in 2020. The Giants have won the four previous preseason meetings to tie the annual series – which began in 1969 – at 25-25-1. The tie was in 1972.
The Giants have had some memorable moments going up against their MetLife Stadium co-tenants in the preseason. Here are some highlights from recent preseason matchups between these two clubs.
Aug. 8, 2019: The last time these two teams met in the preseason was two years in Daniel Jones' first NFL action. Jones did not play a lot in this game, but he put on a show when he was out there. The rookie quarterback completed all five of his pass attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown, finishing his NFL debut with a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Julian Love recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pass breakup in what was his first game as well, and the Giants emerged with a 31-22 victory.
Aug. 26, 2017: In the third game of the preseason, the Giants starters dominated in the first half. Big Blue jumped out to a 29-3 lead thanks to three scores by the defense, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns and a safety. Despite a comeback by the Jets in the second half, the Giants held on for a 32-31 win.
Aug. 17, 2010: When it comes to preseason games against the Jets, this is the contest that comes to mind for a lot of people and for numerous reasons. For starters, it was in this game that Eli Manning suffered the hit that caused a large gash on his forehead. Manning walked off the field with blood trickling down his face and needed 12 stitches. On a more positive note, it was in this preseason game that the NFL world was introduced to Victor Cruz. Cruz, an undrafted rookie free agent, exploded on the scene with six receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns, a performance that launched his stellar Giants career. The Giants cruised to a 31-16 victory.
View rare photos from the local rivalry between the Giants and Jets as they prepare for the preseason opener.
Notebook: Joe Judge's preseason plan; Daniel Jones to sit vs. Jets
For the Giants and many NFL teams, the opening preseason game was traditionally an opportunity for starters to get a few reps and a little sweat and the finale was a showcase for unproven players hoping to make the roster.
But the NFL's new three-game preseason – reduced by one game because of the advent of the 17-game regular season – has flipped tradition on its helmet. With a mandatory five-player roster cut from the 90-man roster by 4 p.m. Tuesday and a two-week gap between the last preseason and first regular-season game, coaches like Joe Judge have altered their preseason plans.
Judge had said earlier this week his focus in the opener Saturday night against the Jets in MetLife Stadium would be on player evaluation. He took it a step further today in announcing that quarterback Daniel Jones won't play in the game. Judge wasn't prepared today to fully reveal his personnel plans because he had yet to speak to the players. But it's likely Jones will not be the only frontline player to get the night off.
Mike Glennon, a nine-year veteran and first-year Giant, will start at quarterback, with Clayton Thorson in relief.
"We expect the majority of our players to play," Judge said. "There are a couple guys we've decided for one reason or another, all different reasons, they won't play in this game, but we'll talk to the players later today and make sure they know.
"We look at it from a standpoint of trying to evaluate everybody, let everyone be out there and function. So, if you're trying to evaluate a receiver, the offensive line blocking for the quarterback will get evaluated. Trying to evaluate running backs, whether that be the receivers getting in blocks on the safeties, then cutting off the corners. Everyone has to function as a team. You do consider that in terms of when you put certain players together or who's having a little chemistry together in practice, or maybe certain units that haven't clicked quite yet. You want to kind of keep yourself out of a position where you can't evaluate a player properly on the field. The ultimate goal is to evaluate our players."
Live Stream: Inside look at Giants Fan Fest
The Giants took the field at MetLife Stadium Wednesday night to play in front of the home crowd for the first time since the end of the 2019 season at Giants Fan Fest.
Head Coach Joe Judge spoke to the fans, Eli Manning returned, and the night concluded with a special fireworks show, just to name a few of Wednesday's highlights.
Check out the video below to watch Bob Papa and two-time Super Bowl champion Carl Banks on 'Training Camp Report presented by Investors Bank' as they break down the Giants Fan Fest practice at MetLife Stadium.