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It’s the opening of the preseason, so neither the Carolina Panthers nor the New York Giants will be revealing any top secrets when they meet Monday night.

 

Both teams might be even more cautious and secretive than usual at the Meadowlands because they also meet Dec. 27, the penultimate week of the regular season. Sure, that’s eons away, but the less they show to each other now the better; a lot could be at stake in the NFC two days after Christmas.

 

While such key players as Giants quarterback Eli Manning(notes) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora(notes), plus Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams(notes) and Carolina tackle Jordan Gross(notes) should get onto the field in the nationally televised game, they will make cameo appearances. The real stuff begins Sept. 13.

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The Giants need to sort out their receiving corps, which is minus the regulars who helped them win the 2008 Super Bowl: Plaxico Burress(notes) and Amani Toomer(notes). They drafted Hakeem Nicks(notes) in the first round and he figures to get showcased this month.

 

“I feel like we have as much talent as we have ever had,” said David Tyree(notes), remembered for his remarkable helmet catch during the winning drive over the Patriots in that Super Bowl, the one Burress capped with the winning TD reception. “The issue is the inexperience at the position.”

 

Even players who have been in the league for a while, such as Steve Smith, Sinorice Moss(notes) and Domenik Hixon(notes), remain somewhat raw. Tight end Kevin Boss(notes) is in a similar situation.

 

“We all have something to prove, so as a group it helps a lot because every time you get the opportunity you are trying to take it to the next level,” Moss said. “So whatever chance you get, short pass, deep pass, you are trying to do something with it. It is putting the edge on us to go over the top in whatever you do.”

 

Carolina has some worries on the defensive line, particularly at tackle, where Maake Kemoeatu’s(notes) season-ending torn Achilles’ tendon left a big hole. The injury left the Panthers with Nick Hayden(notes), who has two games of NFL experience, as a starter, backed up by undrafted rookie Marlon Favorite.

 

Middle linebacker Jon Beason(notes) is campaigning for help.

 

“It’s been tough,” Beason said. “They’re going up against probably the best run offensive line in the league, so it’s hard to see what they can do because those guys are so good.

 

“Last year, Maake was down, Damione (Lewis) got hurt during that Giants game, and you had young guys like Nick Hayden step up and play well at times. We feel good about the young guys, but we definitely need to get a veteran guy in there.”

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thanks for starting this thread I literally just got home in the nick of time to watch 12 hour days all week

 

LET'S GO G-MEN :cool:

 

............what no flex smiley?

 

No new smiley's until the new Giants skin is unveiled.

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