Both the Giants and Jets have been anxiously waiting for the first test of the season.
Ironically, it will come against each other Thursday night at Met Life.
It is also ironic that both teams are awaiting the early returns on one of a few primary areas – quarterback.
For the Giants, controversy has been swirling around Eli Manning and Daniel Jones since Jones surprisingly was drafted with their first pick back in April.
Both have been praised for their efforts from coaches and players alike.
Head coach Pat Shurmur didn’t tip his hand on how playing time would be divided among the two, but there is an overwhelming feeling that both will see plenty of time.
There also is the prevailing notion that Jones will take over if the team flounders, ironically possibly being around November 10 when the two teams are scheduled to meet during the regular season.
It would have to take a major collapse from Manning for that to happen.
If you look at the way the Giants are constructed, they are set for Manning.
Getting rid of Odell Beckham Jr. not only relieved Manning of a major headache, but it also strengthened Manning’s effective play-action passing game with Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and the acquisition of Golden Tate. You know Saquon Barkley will be swinging out of the backfield as well.
It was further set for Manning when the Giants brought in veterans Mike Remmers and Kevin Zeitler to solidify the right side of the line.
Jones already has been decorated as being ready for prime time and another Manning by his coaches and teammates, and he certainly will get a true acid test against Gregg Williams’ multi-look and attack defense.
If you are trying to get a good reading on Jones, this is the situation you want.
As for the Jets, Sam Darnold’s appearance also is a must-see.
Darnold has moved around the pocket and has thrown with more confidence in camp. He admittedly has strengthened his arm in the offseason, and his stock has risen among his teammates and coaches.
He now officially has been crowned as the team’s franchise quarterback, and anticipation about his proposed results with Le’Vean Bell in the backfield with him already has reached a fever pitch.
The real quarterback quandary for the Jets is who will be the backup. Veteran Trevor Siemian has looked Inadequate in camp, and ex-Giant Davis Webb has had some shining moments.
It will be interesting to see how the battle plays out over the next few weeks, or if the Jets delve into the waiver wire for a backup.
Giants-Jets is normally the third week of the preseason and the dress rehearsal for the season.
Thursday night it will answer some opening questions about both teams’ field generals.