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Previewing the New York Giants’ 2014 Training Camp

New York Giants Training Camp Preview

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The New York Giants will look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season with a new look in 2014. There was plenty of turnover in free agency, and the offense will be led by a new person for the first time in more than a decade. The Giants are hoping these moves will help get them back into the playoff picture and NFC East race. Here is a preview of the Giants' 2014 Training Camp.

Schedule

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Schedule

Eli Manning Training Camp
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The Giants will kick off training camp July 22 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center with 14 practices open to the public. They will have two games during training camp, starting with the August 3 Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills and an August 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterback

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Quarterback

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Eli Manning heads the depth chart, and will be there for the foreseeable future. There will be no competition there. The thing to watch at this position is the battle for backup duties. Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter will be fighting it out there. The Giants would like for Nassib to win the job, as they do not normally carry more than 2 QBs on the active roster.

Running Back/Fullback

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Running Back/Fullback

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This is one of the more crowded positions for the Giants, as Rashad Jennings was brought in to be the lead back. Andre Williams was drafted in the fourth round, but may have to wait his turn behind Peyton Hillis and David Wilson if he is cleared by doctors. Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins may be on the outside looking in. At fullback, John Conner and Henry Hynoski represent quite possibly the biggest camp battle for the team.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

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Wide Receiver/Tight End

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Victor Cruz leads the WR depth chart, with Rueben Randle and 2014 1st round pick Odell Beckham Jr. behind him. Jerrel Jernigan showed what he was capable of when given a chance at the end of 2013, with former Giant Mario Manningham trying to come back from injury. TE is a crapshoot, as none of the group of Adrien Robinson, Kellen Davis, Xavier Grimble, Larry Donnell or Daniel Fells has pulled away from the others. Robinson has the edge right now.

Offensive Line

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Offensive Line

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Injury concerns to Will Beatty, Chris Snee and John Jerry cloud the Giants plans along the offensive line currently. Geoff Schwartz was a big addition in free agency and will step right into the starting lineup. J.D. Walton and Weston Richburg will battle it out for the starting C spot. Brandon Mosley could find himself starting if Snee and Jerry don’t get healthy. Justin Pugh will continue manning right tackle after a successful rookie campaign.

Defensive Line

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Defensive Line

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Jason Pierre-Paul and Cullen Jenkins are the two definitive starts along the line. Jonathan Hankins, Mike Patterson, Mathias Kiwanuka, Robert Ayers and Damontre Moore will all factor into the rotation as well. Third round Jay Bromley could factor in at DT on passing downs, as well as Markus Kuhn. The Giants need a bounce back season from JPP for this unit to make up the slack left with the departures of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph.

Linebackers

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Linebackers

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The starters will be Jon Beason, Jacquian Williams and Jameel McClain once Beason returns from injury. Until then, McClain will slide to the middle with the combination of Spencer Paysinger and Devon Kennard splitting reps. Look for Dan Fox to possibly steal a spot here as well, especially if Beason’s injury does not heal as quickly as the Giants are hoping. Mark Herzlich will also find his way onto the field, most likely on special teams.

Defensive Backs

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Defensive Backs

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Possibly the deepest unit the Giants currently have. They spent big here in the offseason, bringing in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Zack Bowman and Quintin Demps. They will join holdovers Prince Amukamara, Antrel Rolle and Trumaine McBride. The Giants like fifth-rounder Nat Berhe also, and will make room for him somewhere. Stevie Brown will regain his starting spot after ACL surgery last season, replacing the waived Will Hill.

Special Teams

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Special Teams

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Josh Brown has some competition from Brandon McManus, but Steve Weatherford and Zak DeOssie will be the punter and long snapper once again. The Giants have plenty of options for the return game, as Quintin Demps and Holliday were both brought in to return kicks and punts. Holliday was signed prior to Beckham Jr. being drafted, so his roster spot could be jeopardy. Charles James, Jernigan, Wilson and Randle could all factor into returns as well.

Biggest Camp Battle

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Biggest Camp Battle

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Fullback. No one is really sure yet what kind of player McAdoo wants manning this spot. Will it be a more traditional, downhill blocking type of player, or more of a hybrid player that can be moved around the offensive formation? Could it be something of an H-Back role that one of the many tight ends could fill? Either way it will be the competition to watch, as Conner and Hynoski will be a part of the battle with possibly Hillis as well.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network