The Giants have a lot of questions to answer this season, on both sides of the ball as the Giants go into Sunday night's opener in Dallas. There are a lot of new faces and missing pieces and wealth of young talent they hope will gel sooner rather than later.
What's going on at safety? Who gives them their best chance out there?
"You have to have somebody that can actually get everybody lined up, make all the communication calls, and then play the game at a very high level. So that’s what you’re looking for," coach Tom Coughlin said when asked what he needs in a safety.
Those two right now are second-round pick Landon Collins and third-year, little-used Cooper Taylor. Both Coughlin and DC Steve Spagnuolo have have the utmost confidence in both players.
“I’m confident in him. You bet I am,” coach Tom Coughlin said of Collins. “He’s a good football player. And he’s demonstrated that throughout his collegiate career and he was taken in the second round.”
"Coop’s a guy with a lot of length, smart football player," Spags said this week. "He just needs to get out there and play some football like all the rest of them. I don’t think he has a volume of reps as a safety in the NFL is my understanding. So he’s probably no different than a lot of the other guys with the youth."
We haven't heard a lot about the running game this summer. How good can they be?
Very good. Rashad Jennings is what he is, but Andre Williams and Shane Vereen have loads of upside. OC Ben McAdoo summed up the unit for reporters on Thursday.
"Rashad (Jennings) is healthy and running well; Andre (Williams), another year under his belt running a variety of schemes that we like to do, he’s improved there with his reads. Add Shane (Vereen) to the mix and Orleans (Darkwa), as well. I feel like we’ll be more consistent there and have a chance to be a pretty good running team."
The key is for Jennings to stay healthy. GM Jerry Reese called him the "bellcow" back last year and for the Giants offense to establish the run game, he has to be on the field more this season. Williams is the change up and goal line back and Vereen the third down specialist. Darkwa is strictly depth at this point, but has shown flashes of what he can do last year and again in the preseason.
What will become of JPP and Victor Cruz? Are they done, or what?
JPP's situation is unsettled right now, and Saturday it was reported he had more damage to hands than the Giants were led to believe. He has a one-year deal that the clock starts ticking on Sunday. The Giants medical team is not ready to clear him, so he's in limbo. If he ever gets clearance, there's still a gauntlet of things that need to go right for him such as strength and conditioning and how to play with one hand. Piece of cake...not! No matter what, this is likely his last year in Blue.
Cruz is fully rehabbed from the torn patellar injury he sustained last October, but now the calf on the opposite leg, quite possibly a compensation injury, is holding him back. He is expected to play this season, but not this week. He needs a full week of practice before the Giants will put him into a game situation. He is signed through the 2018 season.
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