By Daniel Brennan on May 22, 2014
Now that free agency and the NFL Draft have come and gone, teams have begun to take shape. However, in some cases, like this season's New York Giants, there is still much to be worked out in workouts and training camp. There are jobs to be won and lost and empty shoes to be filled. Here is a look at five offensive competitions that will take place for the Giants.
Eli Manning is the starter. Period. It doesn't matter how bad he played last season. However, the backup spot is up for grabs. Curtis Painter will be the favorite, as it was his role a year ago. However, the Giants signed Josh Freeman this offseason to compete for the position and there is also young Ryan Nassib to think about. It's not a headline-grabbing role in training camp but it is a job that could come into play over the season.
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings this offseason to be their starter. They also re-signed Peyton Hillis and drafted Heisman-finalist Andre Williams. Throw David Wilson into the mix, if he is healthy, and that is a full-scale race for second. Williams and Hillis may have the upper hand because they represent a more power style to complement Jennings' speed. One thing is for sure, and that is that Wilson's time in New York is ticking away.
New York drafted LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. with the intention of him starting at split end. It is his job to lose. Behind Beckham is injury-plagued veteran Mario Manningham. Manningham is a bit of question mark as his health is still up in the air. However, even though Jerrel Jernigan is primarily a slot receiver, he could see some time in this spot as well. Once again, if all goes according to plan this role will be owned by Beckham.
The Giants signed J.D. Walton in free agency and it looked as if he would assume the role as starting center. However, New York then drafted Weston Richburg with their second-round pick. Now it seems that the Giants have hopes that Richburg will compete and win the starting role. He was a captain at Colorado State and also proved to be very durable, going his entire college career without missing a game. Richburg should be the frontrunner here.
Brandon Myers, last year's starter, left during free agency. The Giants signed block-first tight end Kellen Davis and chose not to draft a tight end. It seems like third-year man Adrien Robinson is the man New York wants to step into the role. Jerry Reese called him the "JPP of tight ends" after drafting him back in 2012. However, in two seasons Robinson has played in just three games due to injuries. This job is most likely Robinson's to lose.
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