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Eisen's Mailbag: Captains and O-line

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Senior Writer/Editor Michael Eisen answers your fan questions about #GiantsCamp

Who on offense has opened eyes at training camp and made it hard for the coaches to cut? What about on defense?
-Mike

Dear Mike,

It’s hard to ignore what wide receiver Corey Washington has done. He did, after all, catch the game-winning touchdown pass in each of the first two games. Defensively, Devon Kennard is a fifth-round draft choice who has played at linebacker with the first team throughout training camp. He doesn’t create a hard decision for the coaches, because he was going to make the team, regardless, but Kennard has certainly stood out.

I know it's still somewhat early in training camp. But as of now, what is the one position that worries you the most as we approach our third preseason game.
-Rob

Dear Rob,

I hate to break this to you, but it’s no longer early in training camp. Actually, training camp has officially ended. But your question is a good one. I don’t know if “worries” is the correct word, but the position group that bears continued scrutiny is the offensive line. The group has shown it will be much-improved over the injury-weakened 2013 line. If the line can open holes for the running game – see Rashad Jenning’s 73-yard touchdown run vs. Pittsburgh – and protect Eli Manning, the Giants should have a high-scoring offense. But the line must continue to grow and improve.

If the Giants decide to keep five captains, who is going to replace Justin Tuck and Chris Snee?
-Eric

Dear Eric,
Jon Beason is the odds-on favorite to replace Tuck as a defensive captain. It’s not as clear-cut on offense, where there are more newcomers. My guess would be Victor Cruz.

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