The New York Giants’ organized-team activities will begin on Monday at their training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The OTAs signal the unofficial beginning of training camp as the veterans return from their offseason and begin to practice with other team members. Mandatory training camp does not begin until the end of July and ends mid-August when each team must cut their active team roster to 53-players.
In anticipation of who will make the 53-man roster, we will look at each position on the team and give predictions as to who will start come week one, who will win a spot on the roster and who will be cut or make the practice squad. Some of these predictions are no brainers, such as quarterback, where as other positions, right tackle, will be a combative contest for the first team.
Starting with first-team quarterback, Eli Manning will helm the 2013 Giants and finish the season playing for a NFC East Division title against the Washington Redskins week 17, increasing his playing streak an additional 16 consecutive games played to 162 (counting playoff games.) If nothing else, Manning has been a rock of durability for the Giants since joining the team in 2004. Look for him to bounce back and have a better year with a healthy Hakeem Nicks breaking for big plays on the outside and Victor Cruz creating havoc from the slot.
The second-team back-up quarterback role will be a contest between David Carr and Ryan Nassib. After having recently signed a new one-year deal with the team, I expect Carr to win this spot based on experience. Nassib will fill out the increasingly important third-string quarterback duties that are utilized in practices to tune the defenses up for the opposing team’s quarter back. This will provide Nassib with enough experience to win the backup quarter back role with the Giants’ next season.