On Sunday, the spotlight will be on the usual suspects of the giants. Daniel Jones, still trying to prove he can be the franchise quarterback. Saquon Barkley, exited from 2021 disappointing. Brian Daboll, in his first game as an NFL coach.
But they won’t be the only ones under scrutiny when the Giants open their season at the Titans in Nashville, Tenn.
As a byproduct of team injuries, training camp cuts, and a severe lack of depth in certain locations, opportunities abound throughout the roster, particularly early in the season. This means there is a lot to look for outside of top font names.
The Post split five players to watch out for against the Titans:
WR Wan’Dale Robinson
It’s no secret that the future corps of giants… does not exist. Sterling Shepherd will return on Sunday, but Kenny Goladay and Toni Kadarius were both not very productive last season. Therefore, rookie Robinson appears to have a chance, if he proves himself, to move higher in the depth chart. The Giants spent a second-round pick on Robinson in April, so it turns out the new system – the one that wasn’t responsible for bringing in Golday or Tony – will give him every chance to shine.
Robinson, a Kentucky producer, said he built a strong chemistry with Jones while camping.
“Actually, I got more time with Daniel than I did with him. [Kentucky quarterback] Will [Levis]Robinson told the newspaper. “We can really just hang out when there’s anything and ask each other a question about how we feel about something, so that was really cool.”
CB Aaron Robinson
The Titans are a navigable match for the passing game – they were 24th in passing yards last season, and most of their attacking was via Derek Henry and sprinting. And Tennessee has since lost to AJ Brown, its best receiver of 2021. This all adds up to a good chance for Robinson to prove he’s worth the starting job against Adoree’ Jackson.
LB Austin Caletro
Caletro, after all, is the one who will end up ruling in Blake Martinez’s place after the former captain was impeached at the end of training camp. This is the first time in Caletro’s five seasons that he’ll have the chance to start every game (he did so sporadically with Seattle in 2018 and Jacksonville in 2019), and he comes in the middle of the Giants’ defense full of questions.
LG Ben Bradison / Josh White
We still don’t know for sure who will start in the left guard when the Giants take the field on Sunday, as Daboll declined to answer that question before practice on Friday. Anyone who ends up instead of a Shane Lemieux (a foot injury), though, will walk under a heat lamp. The Giants suffered injuries all summer, and as a result lost an opportunity to build alchemy as a unit during camp. As a result, to a large extent, this will not be an easy task.