The Giants' confidence heading into this season comes largely from the fact that they return almost every key player from an 11-5 season. That means, as players report to camp on Thursday, very few positions in the lineup are up for grabs.
There are some, though, and the battles for those spots could be fierce, even if they're not very high-profile. Here's a quick look at the five biggest battles that will take place during camp:
SAFETY: Darian Thompson vs. Andrew Adams
Thompson was primed to lock down this spot during his rookie season before the third-round pick suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 2. With Nat Berhe also out, that opened the door for Adams, an undrafted rookie who was promoted off the practice squad and ended up starting 13 games. He was terrific for most of the season, but he faded down the stretch and was benched in the playoffs.
This is almost certainly Thompson's spot to lose, but a resurgence by Adams this summer could at least make the coaches think, or perhaps force them to include him in some three-safety sets.
OUTLOOK: Expect Thompson to win the starting job. The organization is excited about his potential and his injuries last season didn't change that.
RIGHT TACKLE: Bobby Hart vs. Adam Bisnowaty (and maybe D.J. Fluker)
Hart, a former seventh-round pick, started 13 games last season. He proved he can play and be an adequate starter in the league, and he apparently worked hard this offseason. But the Giants don't know where his ceiling is yet. He does have good size (6-5, 334) but he still needs work. Obviously the Giants didn't do much to improve their offensive line this offseason.
They did sign D.J. Fluker (6-5, 339), but he has mostly worked at guard during the spring. He has right tackle experience, though, so that could change. Also, keep an eye on Bisnowaty (6-6, 304), their sixth-round pick, who the coaches raved about during the spring.
OUTLOOK: It's Hart's job to lose, but the Giants won't be shy about replacing him. They seem to really want Fluker to play guard, so Hart's tenure could be tied to Bisnowaty's development.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Dalvin Tomlinson vs. Robert Thomas vs. Jay Bromley
The battle to fill Johnathan Hankins' shoes is a two-tiered game: Short term and long term. There is no doubt that Tomlinson, their second-round pick, is expected to be the long-term answer. But Thomas, a veteran journeyman the Giants claimed off waivers last September, is expected to be on the first team when camp opens. His ceiling isn't as high, but the Giants seem to like him.
It's not clear if they like Bromley, their third-round pick from 2014 who hasn't played much at all his first three years. This may be his last opportunity to prove himself.
OUTLOOK: Thomas will be the placeholder for Tomlinson, but it will be a surprise - and perhaps a mild disappointment - if Tomlinson doesn't claim the job by Opening Day.
KICKER: Aldrick Rosas vs. any available kicker
Rosas remains perhaps the biggest mystery on the Giants' roster. He's a 22-year-old out of Southern Oregon whose only NFL experience came in Tennessee Titans camp last year. Coaches, scouts, teammates and anyone who has seen him has raved about his powerful leg, and the Giants were so entranced that they didn't sign a veteran kicker to compete with him. That doesn't mean they won't.
Kickers are always easily replaceable. It seems like a risk for a Super Bowl-ready team to go into a season with an untested, young kicker. It'll be interesting to see how patient the Giants are with any growing pains he might have.
OUTLOOK: If the Giants were worried about him they would've already signed a veteran, so it's clear they are willing to give him every possible chance to win this job. His fate likely won't be known until the Opening Day rosters are set for Week 1.
BACKUP QUARTERBACK: Josh Johnson vs. Geno Smith
When the Giants signed Geno Smith they were intrigued by his talent and wanted to give him a chance to rehab his knee. It was a low-risk chance to see what he can do. Well, now it looks like he'll be healthy enough to play this summer which suddenly makes this a competition.
Smith is younger, more talented, and has more experience as a starter. But he's also brand new to the Giants playbook. Johnson may be limited, but he's got a year in this system (and signed a two-year contract). Eli Manning is the starter and rookie Davis Webb is secure as the third-stringer so this is a battle for a roster spot.
Which matters more to the Giants: Talent or experience?
OUTLOOK: It once looked like Smith would spend the summer rehabbing his knee, which would allow the Giants to put him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and eventually injured reserve. But if he's able to play this summer all bets are off. Johnson still has a big edge based on knowledge of the playbook and experience. But if he's healthy, Smith will be able to win this job in the preseason games.