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JETS - GIANTS PREVIEW

By Drew Buono
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 25th, 2006
The Jets match up this Friday against Eli Manning and the cross town Giants.
The Jets match up this Friday against Eli Manning and the cross town Giants.
Fans are treated every year to a preseason contest to see who the best team in New York is. While everyone wishes it could be a Super Bowl match-up, the Jets and the New York Giants have never been able to put teams on the field that were both able to reach the big game in the same season. Many though thought that last year was the perfect time to have an all New York Super Bowl, but QB Chad Pennington’s shoulder injury quickly erased that though from everyone’s mind.

The Jets are coming off a big win in Washington, where the team ran for over 200 yards. The Giants, on the other hand, have won both of their preseason games so far and look good enough to make it three in a row. The Giants also have momentum from winning last year’s preseason New York match-up, 15-14.

With only two games left before the season opener in Tennessee, expect Pennington to get a lot of reps in the game. After returning to the team on Monday after going home to be with his ailing father, Pennington has had some good practices and will have to continue to string these together in order to feel confident about playing in 16 regular season games.

With being in New York, Pennington realizes how big this match-up is for the fans, “it’s exciting, Giants/Jets, it’s a game like atmosphere at the stadium.” Pennington also noted that with the third game, you see more of the starters and how the team will do in the regular season.

Head coach Eric Mangini though, is experiencing this rivalry for the first time and is very excited to be part of it. “My dad was a huge Giants’ fan. He was my dad, so we watched what he wanted to watch on Sunday and there weren’t a lot of TVs in the house, so I watched quite a few Giants games,” said Mangini when asked about the rivalry. Mangini also noted that Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, “does a fantastic job of having a disciplined, well thought out, well organized approach to everything he does. I respect the organization and the team.”

New acquisition, RB Kevan Barlow will most likely see limited action in tonight’s game after joining the team on Monday. Barlow was traded to the Jets from San Francisco on Sunday afternoon and had a rough 24 hours, as he packed and came to New York to get his physical from Jets team doctors. After passing the physical, Barlow showed up to practice midway through and worked with the quarterbacks for a little while. He was then given Tuesday off to rest after a grueling couple of days with no sleep.

The week did not get any better for Barlow as he was then blasted in the media for calling his former coach, Mike Nolan, “a dictator.” Mangini did not say what place on the depth chart Barlow would be placed. But, did offer some insight as to how he will view Barlow in the coming weeks, “There’s quite a bit of learning, there’s carry over from what he’s been doing, but anytime you come into a new place and have to learn a new system, you can build on the things you have, but there’s a learning curve there. As quickly as he learns it, we’ll improve the level of opportunity for him.”

Mangini tonight and next week against Philadelphia will also view the wide receivers very heavily. Laveranues Coles has the number one spot on the depth chart, but every other spot seems to be up in the air as WRs like Justin McCareins, Tim Dwight, Brad Smith, and Jerricho Cotchery have all had great training camp. Mangini did not expect this from his wide receivers, but is very pleased at their progress; “My expectations were just to find out what type of depth there was. What I like here is the way that these guys are approaching it competitively.”

Jets and Giants is always a good game to watch, we’ve learned from last year that even a scrimmage between the two teams can sometimes be more eventful than a regular season game. Both teams are showing improvement as they head towards Sept. 10th and that is the key of training camp and preseason games.

INSIDER TIDBITS:

- The Jets lead the all-time preseason series against the Giants 19-17-1.

- The game will be available on the radio, but 92.3 Free FM will carry the game because of the New York Mets baseball game.

- The Jets will be competing against a defense the allowed only 111 yards to Kansas City and never allowed them inside the red zone.

- Last year’s win by the Giants, ended a nine-year losing streak to the Jets.

INJURY REPORT:

-G Isaac Snell (leg): day to day

-CB David Barrett (unknown): day to day

-WR Dante Ridgeway (leg): day to day

-WR/KR Tim Dwight (unknown): day to day

-RB Curtis Martin (knee): on PUP list

-C Trey Teague (ankle): on PUP list

-DT Sione Pouha (knee): IR Out for Season

-TE Jason Pociask (shoulder): IR Out for Season

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