By Daniel Brennan on August 10, 2014
The New York Giants are two games into the 2014 preseason with three to go. There has been a mixed bag of success thus far, as positional battles continue to heat up. Some players are making a push for increased playing time while others are lobbying for a coveted roster spot. Here are five Giants who have seen their stock rise since the beginning of the preseason.
A starting spot along the offensive line opened up with the retirement of Big Blue legend Chris Snee. Brandon Mosley is the favorite to win the position and has made the most of his opportunities recently. He is currently getting snaps with the first team and there doesn't seem to be a change lingering on the horizon. It was Mosley's block that help spring Rashad Jennings on his 73-yard touchdown scamper against the Steelers.
Walter Thurmond called himself the best nickel cornerback in the NFL this offseason after signing with the Giants. He has, reportedly, been putting the clamps on Victor Cruz in practice, one of the more prolific slot receivers in all of football. Thurmond is a dynamic defender, as he can also play on the outside. Thurmond, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara, could make for an extremely strong cornerback unit.
Corey Washington has caught the game-winning touchdown pass in each of New York's first two preseason games. At 6-foot-4, he has size that separates himself from the rest of New York's receivers. Washington is still buried on the depth chart right now but will surely be given increased opportunities as the preseason progresses. Keep an eye on him as he makes his way up the depth chart and plays against better and better players.
Question marks continue to surround the pass rush in the absence of Justin Tuck. Jason Pierre-Paul looks to be much-improved from his injury-riddled seasons of the past few years but he is going to need help. Damontre Moore, heading into his second season, could help alleviate that pressure this season. He has shown a good burst in the first two preseason games and teammates have raved about his improvements.
A month ago it looked as if the Giants had good depth at the running back position. Since then, David Wilson has been forced to retire and Peyton Hillis sprained his ankle. Rookie Andre Williams is currently the second-stringer and has turned in two very solid preseason games. He has rushed a total of 14 times for 83 yards and one touchdown. Williams could take some of the burden off of starter Rashad Jennings if he this keeps up.
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