NFL Betting: What to see in Giants vs Bengals Game
The New York Giants second QB Ryan Nassib was 14 years old the last time Eli Manning didn’t start a game at quarterback for New York. That was 11 years ago, Manning’s rookie season and Tom Coughlin’s first year as the Giants’ head coach. It’s a long time ago, and a long time has passed since Manning missed a game again. Manning’s streak of 167 consecutive starts leaves the Giants and NFL Betting fans in a perpetual state of asking “What if?” when it comes to the health of their quarterback position. They know what they have in Manning. They think they know what they have in Nassib, now in his third year as Manning’s backup.
Two days of practices with the Cincinnati Bengals and then the preseason opener on Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium is the next step in figuring it out. Manning is expected to start Friday night, but he and the first unit won’t play long before turning things over to Nassib and third-stringer Ricky Stanzi.
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“They’re pretty important,” Nassib said about this week’s workouts and game in Cincinnati. “It’s going to be a big evaluation tool for our coaching staff, but really I have to go out there and prepare like it’s any other opponent. We’re going to make mistakes. Some things aren’t going to go our way but coming out here and practicing with another team, you have to learn from it and you pick up on it.”
Nassib appeared in four games last season. All five of his pass attempts came in a 27-0 loss at Philadelphia on Oct. 12. He completed four of those attempts for 60 yards. His other appearances came late in games that were already decided and all he needed to do was hand the ball off or take a knee. The Giants selected Nassib in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Syracuse where he had been a three-year starter.
The NY Giants will not have Victor Cruz on the field for their first preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday and while he will make the trip for the game, he will not practice or play and this comes as fellow wideout Odell Beckham has dealt with a hamstring injury this summer, while cornerback Prince Amukamara will be out with a groin injury.
The Giants are looking to bounce back and make the playoffs this season and Cruz’s health could be a big factor in that happening. Last season Cruz suffered a serious knee injury and that allowed Odell Beckham to come in and breakout, but the two stars only were on the field for 60 snaps together last season. The Giants are hoping for more than that and while it should happen soon, it won’t be on Friday night in the preseason.
Cruz will not practice and will not play on Friday against the Bengals. Cruz was quoted saying that he will not be going “anything” against the Bengals “throughout practice,” but that he will travel with the team. Amukamara will not be travelling with the Giants and that he has been held out of practice after injuring his groin. The Giants secondary has been banged up this year in training camp along with the offensive line and the team is hoping that the injury to Amukamara is not one that will continue to nag him.