New York Giants Scratches: Manning, JPP, DRC Out vs. Steelers

As expected, starting quarterback Eli Manning will not play in the Giants’ preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced.

Josh Johnson, who with Geno Smith is competing for the No. 2 quarterback job, will get the start in Manning’s place.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are two other healthy scratches for the Giants. Rome Okwara will get the start at left defensive end for Pierre-Paul while presumably, Donte Deayon will handle the slot cornerback duties.

The Giants’ injury-related scratches include receivers Tavarres King (ankle), Sterling Shepard (ankle), and Kevin Snead (hamstring); safety Ryan Murphy (unknown); linebackers Keenan Robinson (concussion) and Mark Herzlich (stinger); and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (lower body soreness).

In a surprise move, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. seems set to play this week.  How much he plays–if he does indeed play– remains to be seen.