3 Players to Watch For in 2014 Hall of Fame Game
The 2014 NFL season is finally back on Sunday night, as the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills come together for the league’s first preseason game of the year. The Giants and Bills will face off in the annual Hall of Fame game, giving fans of the NFL their first look at real, live action since the start of training camps in late July.
While we probably can expect to see the normal starters for very little time (if at all) for both teams, there should still be plenty for fans to get excited about. Plenty of rookies and lesser known players will be vying for a roster spot over the month of August, and for many of them, this otherwise meaningless preseason game is the start of a journey that is arguably one of the more important stretches in their lives.
To get a better idea as to who we should be paying attention to when the Giants and Bills wage war at 8:30 pm ET on Sunday night let’s check out three players worth tuning in for:
Ryan Nassib, QB, New York Giants
Eli Manning’s top backup enters his second season trying to secure his current spot in the quarterback depth chart, while also showing New York’s brass he’s capable of being a starter down the road. So far, not so good. Nassib would do well to show up and put forth a good effort, as he has thus far been a “train wreck” in practice. With Manning and the starters seeing very limited action, chances are we get to see a lot of Nassib tonight.
Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
David Wilson (neck) may never play again and starting running back Rashad Jennings has a checkered injury history, himself. Needless to say, it’s entirely possible that Big Blue could be looking to the rookie for some production at some point in his rookie season.
Exactly how Williams will be used and how effective as a pure runner he can be will be good enough reason to tune in. However, Giants fans will specifically want to see how he fares as a receiver and in pass protection – two key areas of concern for the rook entering the preseason.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Watkins is far from an unknown player at this point, but he’s definitely a big name rookie everyone is going to watch. There isn’t any official word that he’ll be active for his first ever preseason game, but if he is, all eyes will be on him. Not only is he a special talent who can do a number of things for the Bills, but it will be interesting just to see how the Bills plan on using him, in general.
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