Eric Gray among top Giants’ stories to watch vs. Lions

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By Susan Comstock

Three things to watch for during the Giants’ first preseason game against the Lions on Friday:

1. What sort of first impression will rookie running back Eric Gray make?

Saquon Barkley is not expected to play, there is no sense putting too much wear and tear on backup Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell is out with an injury.

So Gray will get the ball on offense — he is an adept pass-catcher out of the backfield — and he also will get a shot as a kick returner. 

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Eric Gray
Eric Gray is expected to get plenty of work during the Giants’ first preseason game.
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Eric Gray runs with the ball during Giants practice on Aug. 9.
Eric Gray runs with the ball during Giants practice on Aug. 9.

2. Which safety vying for a starting spot alongside Xavier McKinney will take a step forward?

Jason Pinnock is running with the first team, but second-year player Dane Belton and veteran newcomer Bobby McCain are in the hunt at strong safety.

It will be interesting to see how the snaps are divided up. 

3. The player in the swing offensive tackle role is not exactly in the spotlight — until one of the starters goes out and the swing tackle is needed on the field.

Matt Peart has been subbing with the starters at right tackle in place of Evan Neal (concussion) and Peart figures to see plenty of action in the preseason opener.

Will he hold up?

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