Five under-the-radar Giants players to watch in Week 1

Sunday’s spotlight will be on the usual suspects for the Giants. Daniel Jones, still trying to prove that he could be the franchise quarterback. Saxon Barkley, coming off a disappointing 2021. Brian Dabol, in his first game as head coach of the NFL.

But they won’t be the only ones under scrutiny when the Giants open their season at the Titans in Nashville, Tenn.

As a byproduct of team injuries, training camp cuts and a lack of depth in some places, especially early in the season, roster opportunities abound. That means there’s a lot to see beyond top-line names.

The post breaks down five players to note against the Titans:

WR Van’Dell Robinson

It’s no secret that the receiving corps of veterans is … lacking. Sterling Shepard will be back on Sunday, but both Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toni produced significantly less last season. So, it looks like there is opportunity for rookie Robinson, should he establish himself, to move up the depth charts. The Giants spent a second-round pick on Robinson in April, so it’s conceivable that the new regime – the one that wasn’t responsible for bringing on Golladay or Tony – would give him every chance to shine.

Van’Dell Robinson and Austin Calitro
Robert Sabo; AP

Kentucky Product Robinson said he formed a strong chemistry with Jones during camp.

“Indeed, I’ve had more time with Danielle than I ever have [Kentucky quarterback] the legacy [Levis],” Robinson told The Post. “Whenever something happens we can really go up to each other and ask each other a question about how we feel about something, so it’s really great.”

CB Aaron Robinson

The Titans are judged to be a navigable matchup in the passing game – they finished 24th in passing yards last season, with most of their offense coming through Derrick Henry and runs. And Tennessee has lost its top receiver, AJ Brown, in 2021. All of this presents a good chance for Robinson to prove that he deserves the starting job opposite Adori Jackson.

lb austin calitro

Calitro, ultimately, is the man who will be judged in place of Blake Martinez after the former captain was cut at the end of training camp. It’s the first time in Calitro’s five seasons that he’ll have a chance to start every game (he did so sporadically for Seattle in 2018 and Jacksonville in 2019), and it comes in the middle of a Giants defense beset with questions .

LG Ben Bradson/Josh White

We still don’t know for sure who will start from left guard when the Giants take the field on Sunday, as Dabol declined to answer that question before Friday’s practice. Whoever starts in place of Shane Lemieux (leg injury) will be running under a heat lamp. The Giants have suffered injuries throughout their line up throughout the summer, and as a result have lost their chance to build chemistry as a unit during camp. Largely as a result of this, it will not be an easy task.

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