The Giants will have six captains on game days, head coach Ben McAdoo said.
The captains will be Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie, Jonathan Casillas, and three others who will be chosen each week.
The selections of Manning and DeOssie were no-brainers, since both are the longest-tenured Giants and the only bridge back to the start of the glory years, the Super Bowl XLII team. They are among the most respected players in the locker room.
The selection of Casillas, though, was a bit of a surprise -- only because this is just his second season in New York. Now, with all the turnover on defense it's not like the Giants have many players who've been around longer than that. Jason Pierre-Paul really might have been the only other logical candidate (and it's likely he'll be a fixture among the three weekly captains McAdoo will choose).
So the selection is a tribute to Casillas' veteran status (he's in his eighth season) and his ability to quickly become a respected voice in the locker room. That couldn't have been easy last year when he struggled throughout the season with a neck injury and was not a significant player on the field.
This summer, though, he showed how effective he could still be if he's completely healthy, and his stature in the room rose even more. If he can't stay healthy he won't emerge as the voice of the defense to the outside world, but he apparently has become a very important voice inside to a new-look, and in many cases young defensive group.