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Bump N’ Run w/ KT: Giants And Jets Preseason Games This Week, Tebow News And Quick CFL Update

(Photo by Rob Samuels - Double G Media)

(Photo by Rob Samuels – Double G Media)

 

The first week of the NFL is upon us.! I mean it’s preseason but it’s something and Bump N’ Run is back to get you ready for the full opening week of preseason football. This week’s column will be a little different as I will look at two things I’m looking for from the Jets and Giants in their first exhibition games. Let’s start with the New York Football Giants.

Two Things I’m Looking For When The Giants Face The Dolphins (Friday, 7 p.m.)

  1. The current running back situation for the Giants is crowded to say the least. You have Rashad Jennings penciled in to start and Shane Vereen as your third-down back but after that, it’s chaos. You have Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa, Booby Rainey, Paul Perkins and Marshaun Coprich. You want depth at the running back position, especially with Jennings’ injury history, so you want to have a few options in your back pocket. I’m looking at Perkins and Darkwa to be those backs to make an impact this month. Williams is a bust who may not make it to final cuts and Rainey will catch on somewhere else. Coprich is the wild card that everyone is raving about.
  2. The secondary, more specifically the nickel back spot. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins are your starting corners but the nickel position is important with offenses going spread more often. Rookie Eli Apple and new signing Leon Hall are in the running but with Hall’s inexperience, Apple will see action but 2016 could turn out to be a redshirt year than anything for Apple.

Two Things I’m Looking For When The Jets Face The Jaguars (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.)

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick is signed, sealed and delivered so now all eyes will be on Geno Smith and Christian Hackenberg. As a Penn State fan, I have seen Hackenberg a lot in the last three years but I’m curious to see how he reacts to a faster defense and increased playbook. All eyes will be on Geno to see if he throws one interception or three in this game.
  2. The Jets need to find a kick returner. They ranked in the middle of the pack in punt return average in 2016 but only 26th of out 32 teams in kickoff return average. They no longer have Jeremy Kerley and they have four candidates to replace him. The problem is that none of them scream runback threat so the preseason will be used to see if the Jets find their home run hitter on special teams.

Moving The Chains

  • This past Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game was cancelled due to poor field conditions. Apparently the paint at midfield and the end zones of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium congealed and made the field in those spots feel like cement. Can the NFL ever get out of its way? I know it’s paint and you can’t control that but c’mon. It’s just one thing after another for the league.
  • The defending champion Denver Broncos released their quarterback depth chart. After future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos list Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian as co-starting quarterbacks going into their first preseason game. So you have the creator of “The Butt Fumble” and an inexperienced QB from Northwestern as your options to attempt a repeat. Wow, how far will the Broncos fall this year?
  • Big shout out to ESPN for showing the Canadian Football League during the summer. I know American football fans find the CFL odd with their orange penalty flags and weird field dimensions but it’s entertaining football to watch. This season is interesting due to the amount of parity in the league this year with the top three teams in each division separated by a game. The next CFL game on ESPN 2 is Thursday at 9 p.m. Yes, there will be preseason NFL on TV but if you have a chance, check it out.
  • Tim Tebow, well aware that his football career is over, is going to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month. Tebow, who has not played competitive baseball since 2005, has been working on his hitting and fielding in Los Angles and Arizona for the past year to get ready for his audition. Of course ESPN is all over this because anything Tebow does, including bowel movements, is news. Tebow is a good analyst on the SEC Network and that’s where he should stay.

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for DoubleGSports.com as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow DoubleGSports.com writer Jason Cordner.
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