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5 burning questions as Giants report for camp

Photos from Giants Rookie Training Camp
Photos from Giants Rookie Training Camp

1: Who will be the second starting safety?

Landon Collins is going to be one of the starting safeties, but there will be an open competition for the job next to him. With Collins excelling closer to the line of scrimmage, it is likely that whomever plays the role of single high safety as the centerfielder of the defense best will win the job. Darian Thompson, Andrew Adams, Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley, rookie Sean Chandler and Orion Stewart were all rotated in and out with the first team in the spring.

2: Who will emerge as the second reliable pass rusher?

Olivier Vernon is the only current member of the roster to record a double-digit sack season, and he had only done it once back in 2013. He has experience as a pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme and should excel in his new role in James Bettcher's scheme. Barwin had 14.5 sacks back in 2014, but only totaled five in each of his past two seasons. The Giants hope to get pass rush production out of him. The rest of the group they will rely on for pressure includes Kareem Martin, rookie Lorenzo Carter and Romeo Okwara.

3: What will the starting offensive line look like?

The only thing we know for sure is that Nate Solder will be the starting left tackle. Towards the end of minicamp, the most common look with the first team had Will Hernandez at left guard and Patrick Omameh at right guard, but that didn't seem set in stone. John Greco and John Jerry could also be in the mix at guard. Ereck Flowers was getting the first team snaps at right tackle, and Chad Wheeler has been the second team right tackle. Jon Halapio was getting more first team reps than Brett Jones at center in June, but that position is an open competition as well.

4: Who will be the nickel cornerback?

Veteran William Gay manned the slot cornerback position with the first team during most spring workouts, but Pat Shurmur said at minicamp that training camp and preseason will decide who wins that spot. Aside from Gay, the other competitors to play in sub packages are B.W. Webb, rookie undrafted free agent Grant Haley and Donte Deayon.

5: Who will the third receiver be?

I don't think there's much doubt that Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard are the top two receivers on the depth chart, but who will be the next guy? When a third receiver hits the field, Shepard will likely move inside to the slot with Cody Latimer, Hunter Sharp and Roger Lewis Jr. seeming to be the leading candidates to play outside across from Beckham. Latimer and Sharp both got a lot of first team reps in the spring with Odell Beckham Jr. still recovering from his ankle injury. Lewis was very productive with the second team catching passes from Davis Webb.

The Schedule

Giants veterans arrive for training camp on Wednesday. They will join rookies and select veterans who have been participating in workouts since Monday. A conditioning test for all players will take place on Wednesday afternoon. The first full practice will take place on Thursday, beginning at 2:45 PM. The first padded practice will take place on Saturday.

The Public

Giants practices at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center are free to attend but tickets are required. For those with tickets, please CLICK HERE. A ticket guarantees your attendance at practice.

Preseason

The Giants first preseason game will be against the Browns at Metlife Stadium on Thursday, August 9. Check out the team's full schedule HERE.

The Road Trip

The Giants will travel to Detroit on Monday, August 13 for three days of practice with the Lions before the two teams meet in the second week of the preseason at 7 PM on August 17.

Cuts

There is now only one cut down day. All NFL rosters must be down to 53 men by 4 PM on Saturday September 1.

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