After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.
It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.
The Giants currently do not have any veteran players without contracts and have just three rookies still unsigned. Third-round safety Darian Thompson and fourth-rounder B.J. Goodson have not finalized their rookie deals, and the terms of UDFA running back Marshaun Coprich have also yet to be revealed.
This will be the first training camp with new head coach Ben McAdoo at the helm. Steve Spagnuolo returns as the defensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan has been elevated to offensive coordinator.
Other returning coaches include Kevin M. Gilbride (tight ends), Lunda Wells (assistant offensive line), Craig Johnson (running backs), David Merritt (safeties), Tim Walton (cornerbacks), Ryan Roeder (offensive assistant) and Rob Leonard (defensive assistant).
New coaches on the staff are offensive line coach Mike Solari, quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti, Jr., wide receivers coach Adam Henry, Bill McGovern (linebackers), Patrick Graham (defensive line) and his assistant, Jeff Zgonina.
The Giants will enter camp with basically the same faces as last year in starting roles. It's the depth and backups roles that have been bolstered.
On offense, the Giants will trot out QB Eli Manning, WR Odell Beckham Jr., RB Rashad Jennings, LT Ereck Flowers, LG Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg, RG John Jerry and RT Marshall Newhouse.
The second wide receiver spot and slot receiver are expected to be won by the returning Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard. Larry Donnell will get the first crack at tight end, but he will be challenged by second-year player Will Tye and rookie Jerell Adams.
Veteran free agent Will Johnson is expected to overtake Nikita Whitlock at fullback. Whitlock may still make the team, however, but as a defensive tackle.
On defense, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Johnathan Hankins will be joined on the defensive line by big-ticket signings DE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon Harrison. Owa Odighizuwa and Kerry Wynn are expected to be the DE rotation, and Jay Bromley is penciled in as the third defensive tackle.
The linebacker group is still a work in progress. Devon Kennard and J.T. Thomas return as outside linebackers, and Jasper Brinkley was re-signed as the middle linebacker, but all wil be challenged. Goodson will vie for a starting role and free agent Keenan Robinson could end up winning the middle linebacker job.
At cornerback, the Giants will try to figure out what to do with top draft pick Eli Apple. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is one corner, while free agent Janoris Jenkins is expected to be the other. Apple may be asked to play the slot corner, a position he did not play in college.
The safety positions are very much in play. There are many moving parts, but Landon Collins will be one of the starters. The other spot will have many potential suitors beginning with rookie Darian Thompson and third-year player Nat Berhe.
While all of the rookies could become breakout players, also be on the lookout for Berhe, Odighizuwa, OL Bobby Hart and WR Geremy Davis.