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A beginner's guide to Giants Minicamp

After 10 days of organized team activities, the New York Giants report for a three-day mandatory minicamp this week.


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It will be the last time the entire team is together on the practice field until training camp, which will begin at the end of next month.

Like OTAs, there are no pads and no live contact at minicamp, the major difference being attendance is no longer voluntary. 

Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for minicamp:

WHAT: Mandatory Minicamp

WHEN: June 16-18

WHERE: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, N.J.

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Now that you know the essentials, dives further into minicamp and looks at three questions surrounding the team as Big Blue gets set to report:

1. Are there any lineup changes?

From the top to the bottom of the depth chart, this week is the last chance for players to impress coaches before full-scale preparation begins with training camp in late July. At the start of OTAs, all eyes were fixed on the new-look offensive line, which had rookie Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.

But that is only one of many position competitions to watch. Safety, linebacker, slot corner and the wide receiver pecking order are some of the others, to name a few. Will there be any changes after coaches have a few days to digest OTAs?

2. Have Cruz and other injured Giants progressed?

With his primary goal set to be on the field Week 1, wide receiver Victor Cruz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last October, did not participate in drills during OTAs but did run routes and catch passes from trainers off to the side.

Will he take another step forward in minicamp? We'll see.

Meanwhile, wide receiver and reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. was sidelined with a sore hamstring.

Here are others to keep an eye on:

  • TE Larry Donnell (Achilles tendinitis)
  • Safety Nat Berhe (calf)
  • DE Robert Ayers (lateral ankle sprain)
  • DE Damontre Moore (shoulder)
  • DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (leg) 3. Will JPP attend?

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, whom the Giants designated as their franchise player in March, did not attend any of the voluntary offseason workouts in East Rutherford. Coach Tom Coughlin was asked repeatedly about the subject during OTAs and responded that the team has communicated with Pierre-Paul and that he expects the sixth-year pro to be with the team for minicamp.

"The question that was asked of me was do I expect him to be here and I said, 'Yes.'  It is not hopeful. It is I expect him to be here," Coughlin said. "Could it be that he won't be here? That could happen, sure."

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