If you’re looking for reasons to be interested in a generally uninteresting preseason game, the Giants and Jets are doing their best to manufacture a little interest.
Giants rookie Andre Williams turned the heat on by declaring to the New York Post: “I think the Giants are the real New York team.”
Fortunately, there was time to get a response from Jets coach Rex Ryan to the young running back from Boston College.
(Ryan’s son Seth plays at Clemson, and Williams was held to 70 yards in a loss to the Tigers last year, his third-lowest rushing game of the year.)
“I have a funny feeling,” Ryan continued, via NJ.com “he’s going to get some [helmets] put on him.”
As rivalries go, this one isn’t much, as the Giants can point to a cabinet full of trophies, while the Jets haven’t won anything since Woodstock.
“I think there is something to it,” Ryan said of the preseason series. “You don’t get to play each other very often. This game’s always a physical game.”
And now it has a subplot, which puts it ahead of most preseason games, and gives us a parenthetical reason to be interested in it.