From the top of the organization on down, the Giants are maintaining a faith in their starting offensive line, including in their much-maligned young tackles, Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart. Of course, there's nothing else they could say at this point after failing to upgrade at those spots during the offseason.
Flowers and Hart are what they've got.
But Hart, for one, believes this is more than just a case of the Giants being stuck with what they've got. Hart is only 22. Flowers is 23. So there's plenty of time to get better.
Hart is convinced they can be a dynamic tackle duo for the Giants for many years to come.
"I'm definitely confident in that," Hart said last week after a Giants practice. "I'm confident in everything I do. I just know that if I keep working on the things I need to work on, the sky is the limit."
It's hard to know if the Giants' faith in the duo is justified or not. They certainly looked to upgrade in free agency during the offseason, before deciding the price of a mediocre crop of free agent tackles was far too high. Then in the draft, according to a team source, they likely would've drafted Utah tackle Garett Bolles in the first round if the Denver Broncos hadn't taken him before the Giants pick.
So yeah, their faith has limitations. But they insist there are encouraging signs. The Giants were proud to leak out information that Flowers, their oft-criticized former first-round pick (ninth overall in 2015), spent the offseason in East Rutherford, N.J., working out, rather than return home to Miami - a sign, in their view, of his dedication to improve.
Hart, a former seventh-round pick who also hails from Miami, stayed and worked with Flowers too, and he believes the decision paid off for both of them. He said Flowers - who has declined all media interview requests since the end of last season - lost weight and added strength while following a program set up by Giants strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman. Hart felt he lost body fat and added muscle as well.
And he added "The most important thing, I just felt mentally both of us grew and got better."
"They really jumped in with both feet in the weight room working hard and working together, competing," Giants coach Ben McAdoo said. "That's where it starts and not just lifting weights, it's the functional mobility, those types of things where they can work on their flexibility, work on their mobility and really grow in that regard.
"They did everything that we asked them to do at this point. They are growing technique-wise. It will be exciting to see them with pads on."
Barring injury, they will at least enter the summer as the Giants' starting tackles and they'll almost certainly stay that way through Opening Day. The Giants have few other options. They did sign veteran D.J. Fluker, but the plan for now seems to be to use him at guard and as a swing reserve. They also took tackle Adam Bisnowaty in the sixth round, but it might be a stretch for the Pitt product to win either job so soon.
If there is a competition at any spot, Hart figures to be the most vulnerable, given the investment the Giants made in Flowers as a Top 10 pick. Hart surely understands that.
But, all he's focused on is being a better player than he was last year.
"I know my play wasn't top-tier," Hart said. "It wasn't to my standards the way I would want it to be. I know there's definitely a lot of things I have to improve on going into next season. It's a building block, it's experience and I feel like that's the best teacher. You go out there and you experience things and you just try not to make the same mistake twice.
"I see the film just like you guys see the game. You're just not proud of the things that you made mistakes on. You know that to get where you want to go and to be the person you want to be in this league you can't make those mistakes."