Making your name in the NFL is tough.
You need skill, poise and the athletic ability to hang with the best in the world. And even then you're not remotely assured to be seen. You also need luck. A confluence of incidents that provide you the shot to be noticed. Some players have a leg up on this (high draft picks). Some make themselves noticed, even when you're not supposed to be looking (Cruz in the preseason of 2010). Some teams try to buy this (free agents).
And every once in awhile, you just "get your shot". As is the case this week for a number of Giants.
Jernel Jernigan (if he even gets to dress for this game).
All these guys will be heavily relied upon in tonight's game. We say stuff like "the next man up" but for these guys ... this is their shot. This is their time to shine. This is a time to make careers.
These are the games I look forward to because these are the times when you can "I remember when he broke out!".