The New York Giants will conduct their three-day mandatory minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center beginning today through Thursday.
Teams are allowed two practices totaling 3 1/2 hours on the field per day with the second practice limited to walk through activities only. The Giants had a very high attendance percentage during their organized team activities, so this week will not reveal much as no live contact is permitted. Only 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
After they break camp on Thursday, the Giants will not reconvene as a team until training camp opens on July 28.
Some of the things to keep on eye on this week will be the continuing effort to integrate all the new pieces with the old one. No decisions on some of the starters will be made until training camp, but the competition officially begins today.
The main thing to look for is the continuity on defense with high-priced veteran free agents melding with the Giants' current starters. Defensive end Olivier Vernon, CB Janoris Jenkins and DT Damon Harrison have come aboard to try to help the league's worst defense make a 180-degree transition.
Here are some training camp position battles that will be previewed this week:
Right tackle: Marshall Newhouse is the incumbent with second-year player Bobby Hart being groomed a possible replacement. Hart has been getting the second-team reps thus far, but he will be on Newhouse's heels all summer.
Wide receiver: With Victor Cruz still basically a spectator, rookie Sterling Shepard is the favorite to win the open No. 2 spot across from Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr. Also keep an eye on Geremy Davis, who is gaining the trust of the coaches and QB Eli Manning.
Safety: The rally begins with Landon Collins as one safety with a half-dozen others auditioning to be his partner. Rookie Darian Thompson and third-year player Nat Berhe are favorites in the mix to be starters
Middle linebacker: Keenan Robinson is the favorite over Jasper Brinkley, Kelvin Sheppard and rookie B.J. Goodson, who has yet to sign his rookie deal. Robinson ws signed to a much larger contract than the others, so expect the job to be his to lose at this point.
Tight end: Larry Donnell, 27, is healthy again and is atop the depth chart, but the cadre of youngsters the Giants brought in the past two years will also see significant time. Will Tye, Jerell Adams, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Malleck will all get sufficient opportunities to prove themselves.
Running back: The backfield-by-committee system appears to still be in place but with several new additions to the unit. Veteran free agent Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins will challenge for roster spots behind Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen.