Training camp is just days away and readers and fans are beginning to get back into football mode. Over the past few weeks, we have gotten several questions and inquiries regarding the upcoming camp and preseason.
There's a lot of talk the Giants will part ways with several veterans this summer. Who right now is on the roster bubble?
It may be too early to tell, but from where I sit, there won't be many surprises. On offense, the main roster battles will be at running back and possibly at right tackle. With the addition of rookie Paul Perkins and free agent Bobby Rainey, Andre Williams will have to have a stellar camp to remain with the team.
Marshall Newhouse is the current starter at right tackle. His main competition will be second-year player Bobby Hart now that free agent Eugene Monroe decided to retire. The Giants say they are comfortable with Newhouse, but are not deep along the offensive line in general, so if anything, they could be adding, not subtracting, in this unit.
A competition could also develop at tight end, with Larry Donnell returning and the team very high on players like Will Tye, Matt LaCosse and Jerell Adams. The Giants probably won't keep four tight ends, so LaCosse could be either going home or to the practice squad.
Will the Giants trade QB Ryan Nassib?
I think the window to do that has closed. First off, they only have Logan Thomas to back up Eli Manning if they dealt Nassib. Then there are questions regarding who would want him and how much they would be willing to give the Giants in return.
Since Nassib has never started an NFL game in his three seasons as a pro and will be a free agent after this season, his value is unknown. But given the amounts of money thrown at inexperienced quarterbacks this past offseason, it is not out of the question Nassib garners considerable interest.
The guess here is that the Giants keep Nassib this season, let him test the free agent waters next March and attempt to sign him back should no team offer him a chance at a starting role.
The Giants have a ton of new faces on defense this season. Who will be the team's defensive captain, or captains, this year?
You have to figure that LB Devon Kennard, a player the Giants drafted based on his leadership qualities, would be a strong contender. DE Jason Pierre-Paul may also be considered even though he is operating on a one-year contract. The team feels he has turned the corner on his maturity issues, so it wouldn'r be surprised if they tab him. Other contenders could be DT Jon Hankins or one of the new guys, such as DE Olivier Vernon or DT Damon Harrison.