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Mailbag: Rookies taking on bigger roles for Giants

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Dean in New Jersey: Do the Giants plan on giving any other young wide receiver on the practice squad an opportunity to start? Austin Mack did a great job in his game against Washington. I think the Giants need to find out what they have at the position going into next year's draft.

John Schmeelk: Austin Mack is going to play but don't expect him or any of the other young receivers to displace either Sterling Shepard or Darius Slayton in the starting lineup. Both of those veterans are young and big parts of the team's future. Mack and the other young wide receivers on the roster are more likely to share snaps with Golden Tate, and give Shepard and Slayton whatever rest they need over the course of the game. 

It is also important to note that the coaching staff gets a deep look at all of the wide receivers in their full-speed practices, where the younger receivers on the scout team can show the coaches whether they are able to get open against the Giants' starting defensive backs.

Steve in New York: It appears left guard Will Hernandez might be in for a real fight to get his starting job back, agree? Fifth-round pick Shane Lemieux has been the missing piece and has the offensive line paving the way for the running backs. GM Dave Gettleman just got the diamond in the rough he's known to find late in the draft. Along with the other 2020 draft picks and free agents, I think Joe Judge has this team turning the corner. The wins will eventually come.

John Schmeelk: It would be best to pump the breaks with caution on this one. There is a lot to like with Lemieux. He has been good in the running game. His communication with the rest of the line in picking up blitzes has been strong, but there were some issues in 1-on-1 pass protection situations. According to Pro Football Focus, Lemieux has allowed a sack, three quarterback hits, and five quarterback hurries in two games. He has also faced some excellent players in Ndamukong Suh, Da'Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen. He needs time to improve and if the Giants continue to rotate their offensive linemen, he will have that opportunity. Will Hernandez is still a young player and has shown the ability to play in the NFL. He also has room to improve and can with additional playing time.

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