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5 New York Giants Defenders to Watch During Training Camp

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Five Defenders to Watch During Training Camp

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The New York Giants kicked off training camp this past week, looking to rebound from their disappointing 2013 campaign. There have already been some standout players emerging and also some players who look to need all the reps they can get. It is still very early on, as the Giants just released their first unofficial depth chart. Here are five Giants defenders to watch as training camp continues to develop.

5. Damontre Moore

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5. Damontre Moore

Damontre Moore New York Giants
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Defensive end Damontre Moore is heading into his second season with the Giants. Moore was a monster on special teams in his rookie year but played sparingly on the defensive side. Some of his teammates are noticing visible signs of improvement in Moore's play. This is great for New York, considering the Giants will need him more than ever since Justin Tuck signed with the Oakland Raiders this offseason.

4. Devon Kennard

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4. Devon Kennard

Devon Kennard New York Giants
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Rookie Devon Kennard was listed as New York's starting strongside linebacker on the team's unofficial depth chart. This is largely because Jameel McClain has shifted to the middle in place of the injured Jon Beason. Either way, Kennard could see significant time because Perry Fewell likes to substitute often on the defensive side of the ball. Kennard has been playing well in camp thus far and could give New York great depth at linebacker.

3. Stevie Brown

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3. Stevie Brown

Stevie Brown New York Giants
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Safety Stevie Brown is looking to bounce back in 2014 after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. He had a monster 2012 and is trying to get back into that ball-hawking form that made him so lethal. Brown's play will be especially important this year after Will Hill was released by the team this offseason. Hill emerged as a force in New York's secondary last year but his off-the-field problems have derailed his career once again.

2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

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2. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie New York Giants
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New York's biggest offseason splash came in the form of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed with the Giants for five years and million. Rodgers-Cromartie has the chance to transform New York's secondary from a solid group into the team's best unit. His presence will also allow Prince Amukamara to lineup against No. 2 wide receivers instead of No. 1's like he did a season ago.

1. Jason Pierre-Paul

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1. Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
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Jason Pierre-Paul has been licking his chops this offseason. He is finally healthy and is just itching to get back onto the field after missing the final games of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury. In fact, he has been traveling a rocky road since recording 16 sacks way back in 2011. The loss of Justin Tuck could really take its toll on New York's pass rush if JPP does not start playing like his old self.