The most intriguing position group at training camp is the offensive line.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - To me, the most intriguing group has one member – Eli Manning. The Giants added players at numerous positions this offseason, but remained unchanged at the most important spot, quarterback. Manning needs to rebound from his poorest season. And he must do so working in a new offense for the first time in 10 years. It will be interesting to see how comfortable he is in camp and the preseason. How he responds and plays will be the chief determinant regarding whether or not the Giants have a successful season.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - It is the position I am most interested in and think will be a determining factor in the success or failure of the season, but linemen are tough to break down in training camp practices. There is not much hitting, and besides that, coaches like to rotate guys in and out. So I’m going with the wide receivers. How does Victor Cruz figure into the new offense? How is Rueben Randle coming along? What can we expect from first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr.? How are they using Jerrel Jernigan and Trindon Holliday? Those are all very intriguing questions.
For undrafted rookies, it is easier to make a team on offense than defense.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - It changes year-to-year, based on the number of players at specific positions, injuries and performance.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - I’d like to see those numbers on the NFL level, but my feeling is that players on defense are more likely to make a team. I’m only saying that because special teams are so critical to rookies, and you can’t go wrong with good tacklers.
Preseason win-loss records can dictate how teams fare in the regular season.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - Nothing could be further from the truth. Preseason records mean nothing. Case in point: In 2008, the Detroit Lions were 4-0 in the preseason (including a win over the defending Super Bowl champion Giants). Then the regular season began and the Lions went on to become the first and still only team in history to finish 0-16. Case closed.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fact - During the Giants’ 0-6 start last season, I remember players bringing up that they lost the final three preseason games as well, saying it felt like they hadn’t won a game for a year. So that leads me to believe it has at least some weight in players’ and coaches’ minds. It’s not a major factor by any means, but it is part of the picture.
NFL.com ranking Antrel Rolle as the third-best safety in the NFL is accurate.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - You can make that argument after last season. Rolle has long been a tackling machine, instinctive defender and a team leader. All he lacked was the takeaways other top safeties get. But in 2014, Rolle had a team-high six interceptions, four more than anyone else on the Giants. Now he is truly a complete safety.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fact - I think that was a fair assessment. He trailed only Seattle’s Earl Thomas and Kansas City’s Eric Berry, who were named All-Pro First Team last season. In Bucky Brooks’ ranking on NFL.com, he had a good line about Rolle being a “Swiss army knife.” Safety, cornerback, linebacker, he does it all.
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