Fans of the New York Giants might be wondering if the team will play more starters against the Cleveland Browns in week 2 of the preseason, but that question will go unanswered for now. Head coach Joe Judge chose not to give a starting lineup, instead saying on Friday that he hasn’t decided on anyone just yet.
“I haven’t made a decision on anybody right now,” Judge told reporters. He went on to say that the Giants’ decision will involve cooperation with the Browns and their own head coach Kevin Stefanski.
“We’re going to see how we come out today and I’m going to talk with Kevin in terms of his plans. We’ve talked earlier in the week about what they’re intending to do and we’re going to see how that’s going to measure up and we’ll evaluate our team after today.”
It remains unclear if the Giants are going to start Daniel Jones in this second preseason game, but we do know that some key offensive players are already ruled out due to injury. These players include Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay, as well as first round draft pick Kadarius Toney.
Overall the Giants have focused on evaluation over giving playing time to their first team starters in the preseason so far. With a shortened preseason due to an extra regular season game being added under the current league rules, it’s very possible that the Giants only properly give their starters a chance in the last game or opt to not do so at all.
The Giants didn’t play a preseason at all last year due to it being cancelled under COVID-19 restrictions. Depending on what the team does, the starters may once again experience jumping directly from training camp to the regular season.