When the New York Giants enter training camp in mid-July players won’t just be battling the heat, but there will be battling one another. There will be some intense position battles up rising.
The Giants ninth overall pick rookie offensive lineman Ereck Flowers may have to step right position right off the break, and have the pressure of protecting Manning’s backside. With Justin Pugh possibly moving to right tackle while Will Beatty is nursing a torn pectoral muscle; this would compel Flowers to line up at left tackle, and if he is as good as the Giants hope is, he’ll provide the sort of protection Giants’ fans and management was hoping for. With the absence of Beatty the Giants OC Ben McAdoo will have to figure out his O-Line carousel adding six-year veteran Marshall Newhouse that they picked up in free agency to the mix. The competition is wide open for this player. The Giants gave up 47 sacks last season, fourth-worst in the NFL, so a upgrade was much needed for 2015.
The Free Safety position has the most questions. With a host of rookies and young players; the Giants have pretty much stamped rookie Landon Collins has strong safety. The other safeties did not have a start between them last season, and that is why this position battle is interesting and up for grabs. Fifth-round draft pick Mykkele Thompson out of Texas has all the attributes to challenge for the starting position. He can play center field, and cover running backs and tight ends. Thompson’s biggest competition is Nat Berhe, who already has the coaches’ trust with his experience on special teams last season.
The Giants acquired former Cowboy Dwayne Harris from free agency, who spent most of his first 5-years primarily as a returner, and wants to prove to be a solid receiver. A five-year contract is not a typical for a special teams’ specialist, so the pressure is on for Preston Parker and Reuben Randal who have three years under their belt are battling for the third receiver slot behind Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr. Randall who snatched 71 passes last season. It is most likely his job to lose.