The first roster cuts come down Tuesday, which means everybody will want to be on their toes Monday night for the Jets-Giants game.
Here are a few things to watch out for.
Brandon Jacobs: The running back had a great game against Carolina and now needs to back it up with another one if he expects to challenge Ahmad Bradshaw for the starting assignment. Jacobs is saying all the right things, though, so no matter what his role, he appears to have the correct attitude, for now.
Aaron Ross: This will be his first game starting at CB, in place of injured Terrell Thomas. He played very well against the Panthers, breaking up a pass at the goal line and performing at a high energy level. With extended playing time this game, he'll need to show consistency. Not that the Giants have a lot of choices there, as Brian Williams is too new to do much good and Michael Coe is too inexperienced. But a strong performance against either Santonio Holmes or Plaxico Burress will at least ease some of the concerns the coaches might have about a former No. 1 who hasn't been healthy or very effective the past two seasons.
"Last year I was really confident and ready to go, but unfortunately I had the foot injury that kind of set me back for the whole year basically," Ross said. "This year was pretty much the same thing, I’m going into it with a positive attitude and my main thing right now is to stay healthy. It’s been good so far, just have my fingers crossed that I can continue to stay healthy."
LEFT SIDE OF O-LINE: This is still a work in progress, what with Will Beatty still growing at LT, David Diehl adjusting to the move inside to LG, and C David Baas adjusting to his new teammates. There were still some communication problems last game, but Baas said those will get ironed out in time. This would be the time, actually, since the starters will see precious little or no time against New England. Mostly, though, they need to protect Eli Manning from what still promises to be a strong pass rush. Remember, the Jets left him bleeding and dazed in this game last preseason.
MANNING: He hardly looked spectacular against Carolina, but he did well enough to get the offense into the end zone. He needs to get his timing down with his receivers. And it would be nice to see either TE Jake Ballard or Bear Pascoe worked into the passing game.
THE ROOKIES: Sixth-round MLB Greg Jones is having a heck of a camp and preseason. It would be nice to see some of the others step up like that, such as Tyler Sash at safety and RB Da'Rel Scott, who snapped off a 97-yard TD run last week. Scott won't get a lot of time to work this time, but he won't be among the cuts from 90 to 80, either, so he'll have the New England game to try to cement a roster spot.