By Daniel Brennan on July 6, 2014
Training camp is rapidly approaching for the New York Giants, who will begin their quest for a bounce back season after a disastrous 2013. The New York front office did their best to make some key acquisitions during free agency and the NFL Draft. We'll see if it can make the difference for the G-Men in 2014. Here are five Giants to watch during training camp.
With the departure of Linval Joseph, the New York Giants are a little thin along their defensive front. New York will need someone to step up into a starting role next to Cullen Jenkins. The most likely candidate is second-year man Johnathan Hankins. Hankins played sporadically in his rookie season but now has a major opportunity in front of him.
As of now, the competition for the role of starting tight end appears to be wide open. The favorite at one point seemed to be Adrien Robinson. Injuries have kept Robinson from the field in his first two seasons, so experience is not one of his strengths. However, the Giants still believe there is a bright future ahead for the man Jerry Reese once called the "JPP of tight ends."
Running back David Wilson has been limited this offseason to this point because he is still recovering from neck surgery. However, Wilson's original goal was to be back 100 percent by training camp. That would be huge for the Giants because Wilson has an electrifying skill-set that is unlike any of their other running backs. He has the speed and quickness to be a serious weapon in the backfield and on special teams.
A hamstring injury kept Odell Beckham Jr. out of the majority of OTAs and even into mini-camp. Beckham should be fine by training camp and the Giants are itching to see some of that playmaking ability that attracted them to him. With Hakeem Nicks gone, Beckham will have an opportunity to be an immediate impact player for New York. Although he will be just a rookie, the Giants are expecting big things out of their first round pick.
The injury to middle linebacker Jon Beason has the potential to temporarily wreak havoc on the defense. Beason was an impact performer and one of New York's leaders. Jameel McClain has shifted to the middle in Beason's absence and only time will tell how it affects the Giants. Beason may miss the season opener, so New York is praying that McClain can step in and make the temporary loss of Beason a slightly easier transition.
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