The 2015 NFL preseason begins for Eli Manning and the New York Giants tonight in Cincinnati as they take on the Bengals.

By Robby Sabo

1authorrob3 - New York Giants Begin 2015 Journey In CincinnatiSave the drama for the New York Jets. Or actually, nevermind.

Jason Pierre-Paul was saved slightly this summer by Sheldon Richardson, Geno Smith and IK Enemkpali.

In any event, it’ll be nice for the New York Giants to finally start hitting another color other than blue and white. They’ll travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals tonight in their 2015 preseason opener.

For phenom Odell Beckham Jr., he’s ready to go in his first career NFL preseason game, via Michael Eisen at giants.com:

“I’ve never played in a preseason game,” Beckham said Thursday. “I actually had to ask, ‘What do we have to wear to the games?’ and stuff like that, because I honestly didn’t know. I was at home every weekend. Every time they were traveling, I was at home. I got to go to the (home) preseason games last year, but never had been a part of the whole thing. This is all kind of new to me as well.”

“I think the biggest thing I’m looking forward to is hearing that National Anthem and getting on the field again,” Beckham said. “There’s just something about it, it broke me down the first time I got on the field. I don’t know what it’s going to do this time. But I am looking forward to being able to line up and see 32 (Hill) across the other way, and hopefully get to see him do a little something, and just keep it moving from there.”

Remember, Beckham didn’t recover from the nagging hamstring injury until the Giants fifth game a season ago.

Bitten by the injury bug a bit in camp, Big Blue won’t even travel Chykie BrownWill Beatty, Jameel McClainGeoff Schwartz and Nat Behre. Victor Cruz – the man returning from his serious torn-patella from a season ago – will also be held out. Tight end Larry Donnell and first-round selection Ereck Flowers are also battling nagging injuries.

We know Eli Manning will play and that Shane Vereen will be making his Giants preseason debut. This night also marks the return of highly celebrated defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

  • TV: Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC (New York), CBS (Cincinnati) and NFL Network.
  • Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Line: Cincinnati (-3)

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