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Monday, July 8, 2013

Position Battles: NY Giants

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Position Battles: NY Giants
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jared Newcomb

Over the next few weeks up until training camp I will be posting about teams and some key position battles to watch. I started with my Eagles last week and will continue with the NFC East with the Giants. Last year the Giants failed to make the playoffs and big blue has a lot of questions to answer, particular on the defensive line, safety position. They recently answered one by signing and locking up Victor Cruz. Keep in mind that this team is not very old, has a good coach, though they tend to falter toward the end of the season, and a superstar QB. This team is being overlooked and I will not be surprised when this team makes a deep playoff run.Take a look at some key position battles to watch for come training camp.

Defensive Back - Kenny Phillips is now on the Philadelphia Eagles. He wasn't that great with the Giants and was mostly hurt for the 2012 campaign. The remaining competitors are Amukarmara and Webster. The Giants somehow didn't address the corner-back position through the draft so they must feel confident in the players they have. Amukamara should rebound from injury and since Revis island has moved to Tampa he could become the best CB in the big apple. It will be interesting to see if a dark horse emerges in this battle, but for now it would appear that Prince and Cory will start opposite from each other - maybe the bigger question is who will emerge as the number one?

Right Tackle - Diehl is the starter for the day, however, he faces stiff competition with the likes of newbie Justin Pugh and Brewer. Brewer has more experience and should make more of an impact immediately, but Pugh has the most potential and long term stability.

Wide Receiver -
Nicks may no longer be the number one wide out anymore. Cruz just caught a new extension and Nicks was hurt toward the end of last season. But there is even more interest at depth. On the back end of this position sit Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle both of which could become a big target for Manning if any one receiver gets hurt.

Running Back - Goodbye Bradshaw, hello David Wilson. He should improve upon his coming year last year. The projected backup appears to be Andre Brown, but it really comes down to who out plays the other in training camp. Ryan Torrain, a former Redskin is also in a fight to get a back-up spot.

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