The New York Giants vs. New England Patriots NFL preseason betting finale will be many a guy’s last chance to prove that they belong. By the way, do you want to be on the bubble, or in the bubble, or out of the bubble? In any case, the point is that between Thursday and Saturday 37 players will have to be taken out back and put down like Old Yeller.
- Date: Thursday, 31st August
- Time: 7:35 PM
- Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Online Sportsbook NFL Preseason Odds:
Giants +3 (-110) 38 (-110)
Patriots -3 (-110) 38 (-110)
Lifestyles of the Poor and Undrafted
Giants wide tight end Will Tye lives on a day-to-day basis but not because he’s injured; rather because he has to constantly has to bail out water to keep his boat afloat. Holy mixed metaphors! Simply put, Tye has played 29 games – of which he has started 17 – over two seasons in New York, amassing 90 catches for 859 yards and four TDs, but none of that kept GM Jerry Reese from drafting Evan Engram and signing Rhett Ellison – two tight ends that could put an end to Tye’s tenure with the team.
On Thursday, the Pats actually take a backseat to Tye’s true competition; Matt LaCrosse. “Honestly, it comes with the job,” Tye told the New York Post. “That’s that undrafted lifestyle, no matter what every year. I’m ready for whatever happens. I’m ready for Thursday night, that’s what I’m ready for. Any game you play [is big], but definitely this Thursday being the last one, it’s important.” Head coach Ben McAdoo agrees that the NFL preseason betting finale is do-or-die for players such as Tye. “We want to give every player who’s on the bubble an opportunity to show what they can do.” Or, perhaps, what they can McAdoo?
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Patriots
Several players hanging on for dear life to a spot on the Patriots roster will also have to play biggest game of their lives yet on Thursday. A few examples follow. Brandon Bolden is a running back that doesn’t do an awful running and whose special teams status may have been made redundant by the acquisition of Marquis Flowers from the Bengals. But at least he made “Teammates of the Game.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 21, 2017
Running back DJ Foster was signed as an undrafted free agent in the 2016 draft, made the final 53-man roster, was released and re-signed to the practice squad, and promoted back to the active roster in a matter of months. He has played just three regular season games for the Pats but has had a pretty good preseason. One final push on Thursday and might just hang on to his spot. Offensive tackle Conor McDermott should quite a few snaps against the Giants and he had best take advantage of each and every one of them if he wants to convince the Patriots to keep five offensive tackles as opposed to just four. Tight end Jacob Hollister must produce a performance in the NFL preseason betting that’s on par to that of the first exhibition game (116 yards and seven catches on nine targets).