With the season opener against the Cowboys a little bit more than a month away, there will plenty of storylines and position battles to watch as the Giants open up camp in Albany.
There will be a few players with something to prove. That being said, here are five Giants in need of good training camp.
The mercurial tight end has a lot to prove.
Is Bennett in shape? Is he motivated enough to make a difference?
The talent has always been there with Bennett, but between laziness, apathy and playing behind Jason Witten in Dallas, Bennett never realized his full potential.
If Bennett does not impress, incumbent Bear Pascoe could get the lion’s share of targets at tight end.
Rivers was acquired just prior to the NFL Draft with the hope he can revitalize his career under Perry Fewell and the Giants.
Rivers, a former top-10 draft pick, has a chance to start at MLB, although Chase Blackburn will have the inside track. Regardless, Rivers will be a valuable backup to Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka on the outside.
Rivers has a lot of upside and how he fits into Fewell’s defense will be an interesting thing to watch this summer.
With the Giants needing someone to step up and replace Mario Manninghan as the club’s third receiver, a lot of eyes will be on Hixon to see if he can come back from his torn ACL and provide Eli Manning with another weapon.
You can throw the perpetually underachieving and or hurt Ramses Barden as well as second round draft pick Rueben Randle into this mix, as one of these players will have to step up their game.
With Hakeem Nicks’ injury being a question mark prior to the start of the regular season, Hixon may be the most experienced and trusted option that Manning will rely on. However, Randle’s upside and youth may/should eventually win out.
Baas had an uneven season as the Giant’s starting center.
However, now that he appears healthy and with a year under his belt, Baas has to have a more consistent, dependable season.
With the offensive line being an issue for the Giants last year, Baas has to become more of a stabilizing force.
While Rogers was not signed in the offseason with the intention of making a big splash, he can be of critical importance to the Giants at tackle if he is healthy.
Rogers is clearly not what he once was, but he may have enough juice left in his game to give the Giants some depth along the line.
How he blends in and adapts to Fewell will be an interesting storyline to follow this summer.
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