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Cover 4: Who might stand out this summer? 


Every summer there is a player who generates a lot of buzz at training camp and in the preseason. Who will be that player this year? The crew makes its picks:

John Schmeelk: The answer to this question is invariably a wide receiver, so I'm going to let my emotions get in the way here and go with Collin Johnson. He was one of the stars of last year's camp, and after watching him in the spring, I see no reason why that won't happen again. I expect him to be firmly planted with the second team behind Isaiah Hodgins, so he will be paired with a quality quarterback in Tyrod Taylor. Speaking to both players this offseason, they have developed a good chemistry from offseason training sessions. Johnson is a big, reliable target that is smart and runs good routes. I expect Taylor to look for him early and often throughout the summer, which will give Johnson a chance to challenge not only for a roster spot, but also playing time this season.

"I would say he definitely picked up where he left off," Taylor recently said about Johnson on the Giants Huddle podcast. "Colin is a competitor. He believes in himself. Obviously with him being one of the tallest, if not the tallest, receivers, he's a big target, but he moves well. Obviously, he has comfort in being able to go to him. He has reliable hands. He's always doing the right things, very smart football player. And that's what Coach (Brian Daboll) preaches to us. He wants smart football players on the field, and Collin has done a good job of raising his level of play each and every day that he steps out there on the field."

Dan Salomone: If there was one positive to come from the regular-season finale in Philadelphia, it was Lawrence Cager. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end had the most productive day of his young career, catching eight passes on 10 targets for 69 yards and five first downs. With a long reception of just 16 yards, he still managed 43 yards after catch. That will be enough to whet the coaches' appetite when the preseason rolls around. The tight end room has become a strength led by Daniel Bellinger and, of course, Darren Waller, who can mentor the group while he figures to produce at a high level for Daniel Jones and company.

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Lance Medow: If you're looking for a player who can create buzz at training camp and the preseason, you need to think about opportunity and playing time. When you take both of those factors into consideration, it's this year's fifth-round pick: Eric Gray. Regardless of how things play out with Saquon Barkley's contract, Gray is going to be in the mix during both training camp practices and preseason games, and he'll likely see plenty of carries in the latter. Barkley and Matt Breida are very familiar with the scheme and most teams tend to take it easy on their veteran running backs leading into the regular season in order to preserve them for the marathon. That's more of a reason why I like Gray's chances to make some noise throughout August.

It's not just about the former Oklahoma standout's running ability, but also his receiving skillset. Gray proved in college he can turn a short pass into an explosive play, and there should be opportunities to accomplish that during the preseason. Last year we saw some flashes from Gray Brightwell, and this year, Gray could easily capitalize on his at-bats. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Giants try him out as a return man, as the exhibition games are practical situations to experiment.

Matt Citak: It's quite clear that adding speed was one of the Giants' biggest priorities this offseason. The team added fast players on both sides of the ball, one of which was the addition of wide receiver Parris Campbell.

Campbell dealt with numerous injuries throughout his first three seasons with the Colts. After playing 15 total games from 2019-21, the 6-foot-0, 208-pound receiver showed what he could do last year when he played all 17 games. Campbell flashed his speed throughout the season and finished with 63 receptions for 623 yards and three touchdowns. He also added five rush attempts for 58 yards, including a 28-yard run in which he reached 22.11 miles per hour, the fastest speed of any ball carrier in the NFL last season. While he did miss a lot of time his first three seasons, this was vastly different from his collegiate career. Campbell played 12, 13 and 14 games, respectively, in his final three seasons at Ohio State. In each of those seasons, he was named All-Big Ten (twice as a return specialist, once as a wide receiver), including his final campaign that saw him finish with 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns.

If he can stay healthy, Campbell has a chance to help transform the offense. The receiver registered an impressive 4.31 40-yard dash time at the 2019 NFL Combine, and put that speed on full display on his 28-yard run last season. Campbell can not only help take the top off of opposing defenses, but he can also help take advantage of Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka's offensive creativity. The offensive minds can use Campbell as an extension of the run game, as we saw a little bit during spring practices. I believe we will see Campbell used all over the field during training camp, which will lead to the 25-year-old garnering plenty of buzz heading into the regular season.



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