It’s here. Training camp. The start of the football year. After a long offseason, we can finally start talking football. That was a great sentence to type.
But, since we’re talking about football, let’s talk about football. The Giants are entering training camp with a new look defense and a offense that promises to be explosive. We’re going to run down the battles to look out for, players on the rise, and anything else. GiantsGab will be your home for training camp coverage. You want to know what happens? Come to the site. We’ll have you covered.
TRAINING CAMP BATTLES:
Aaron Ross vs Sinorice Moss vs Adam Jennings for Returner
With the Domenik Hixon injury, the Giants lost one of the better kick and punt returners in the league. They have to fill that void. The leader in the clubhouse is Sinorice Moss. He has the most NFL experience. Aaron Ross was a dynamic punt returner in college. Adam Jennings was signed because of his return skills.
This is one of the more interesting battles in camp. It could many ways. Moss could be the kick returner, Ross the punt returner. There are tons of other combinations. My money is on Aaron Ross. He’s healthy, and he proved in college just how dynamic he can be with the ball in his hands.
Osi Umenyiora vs Mathias Kiwanuka
Osi vs Kiwi. Who starts opposite Justin Tuck? Osi is coming off a disappointing season and has a lingering hip issue. Kiwanuka was equally disappointing and is looking to rebound in a contract year. Who gets it?
Personally, I have no clue, although if I was a betting man, I’d go with Osi. I think he’s going to gel well with Perry Fewell. It’s still up in the air, though. Both have something to prove, and hopefully, that brings out the best in them.
Rich Seubert vs Will Beatty
They don’t play the same position, but they are battling each other. If Will Beatty wins, he becomes the left tackle, and Dave Diehl slides inside to left guard. If Seubert wins, the line stays the same.
Will Beatty is young, but has a lot of potential and looked pretty good in a 4 game audition last season. Seubert is getting older and slower, but he’s a gamer who is tough as nails.
Beatty has the talent, and if he wins, the line will be better, because Dave Diehl can be a dominant left guard. With Diehl at left guard, the interior line will be outstanding. That said, are the Giants willing to put a 2nd year left tackle out there to protect Eli’s blindside? That’s the big question. Do they let Beatty sit and learn one more year. Or do they throw him out there and hope his talent takes over? We’ll have to wait and see.
What’s Kenny Phillips’ health status? Will he be ready for Week 1? Or will Deon Grant have to start?
How is the defense going to respond to Perry Fewell? Will they embrace his energy? Or will they be complacent like last year?
What does Hakeem Nicks’ progression look like? Can he reach the next level like we all think?
Can the running game rebound? Will Jacobs be healthy, and hitting the holes with authority? How will Andre Brown look a year after ACL surgery?
Can Matt Dodge replace Jeff Feagles?
Is Keith Bulluck healthy enough to be fluid in coverage?
How does Jason Pierre-Paul look getting after the passer? Can be a difference maker?
These are just some of the many questions facing the Giants. As I said before, GiantsGab will be there every step of the way. I have just one more question: Are you ready for some football?