Top 5 Position Battles For New York Giants 2014 Training Camp

New York Giants Training Camp 2014: 5 Position Battles

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Training camps are heating up in the NFL, and like any team the New York Giants still have some things to figure out. In addition to learning a new offense, there are still lineup questions to be answered on both sides of the ball. Here are the top-5 positional battles to keep an eye on throughout training camp for the Giants.

5. Kicker

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5. Kicker

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Josh Brown will be facing some stiff competition from Brian McManus for kicking duties on the Giants. McManus has a huge leg, something that the Giants could use on kickoffs to help with the field position game. Brown was steady for them last season, so McManus will have to prove he can do a little more than kick the ball far. If McManus can show he has the accuracy to go along with the strength, Brown’s job is in real jeopardy.

4. Backup Quarterback

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4. Backup Quarterback

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When you have Eli Manning as your starter, there is no battle for starting reps. Duties to hold the clipboard behind him, though, will be fierce. 2013 fourth-round pick Ryan Nassib will battle it out with veteran Curtis Painter. The Giants would like for Nassib to win the spot, hoping he can be groomed as Manning’s backup. He will have to show more than he has thus far, though, as the Giants do not carry three QBs so he won't be handed the job.

3. Center

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3. Center

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J.D. Walton was given a contract that looked like it would make him the starting center for the Giants. Then things got interesting, as the Giants used their second-round pick on center Weston Richburg and a training camp battle was born. The offensive line was in shambles in 2013, so having some depth will be worthwhile. If Walton wins the starting C spot, Richburg will either be his direct backup or could see time at guard as well.

2. Return Man

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2. Return Man

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Trindon Holliday was signed to be the lead return man, with Quintin Demps helping out as well. Holliday’s roster spot is now in jeopardy, as the Giants have a number of options that can handle return duties. Holliday offers little else outside of being a return man, so he will have to really turn heads in practice to make the 53-man roster. He will face challenges from David Wilson, Charles James, Jerrel Jernigan and Odell Beckham Jr.

1. Fullback

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1. Fullback

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Henry Hynoski and Jon Conner will battle it out here. Unlike many teams NFL teams, fullback is a position that will be important under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. These two are the ones mentioned most right now, but no one is sure what kind of fullback McAdoo is looking to employ. In the end, neither may be the choices as TEs have lined up at FB thus far in practice. Hynoski will beat out Conner, but he may lose out in the end 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