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Fact or Fiction: Training camp recap; remaining questions


The biggest question remaining before Week 1 is the guard rotation

John Schmeelk: Fact – We have a good idea of who will fill the other main roles on the roster, but do we know who the starting right and left guards are going to be? If you had to bet right now it would be Marc Glowinski at right guard and Ben Bredeson at left guard, but it wouldn't be a shocker if Josh Ezeudu managed to shoehorn himself into snaps at left guard. The only other question is how the team will use its wide receivers? How much will they spread the snaps around among the active receivers? You can expect it will be a committee approach, but let's see on Sunday night.

Dan Salomone: Fiction – Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll gave a State of the Team address on Thursday, and "we'll see" was a common refrain. They feel good about the pieces they added this offseason to a strong core, but you never know until "adversity strikes" in a live game. And this rings true for rookie cornerbacks Deonte Banks, the team's first-round draft choice, and Tre Hawkins III, a sixth-rounder who emerged as a factor with the first team. It's a whole new ball game starting Sept. 10, but they have answered the bell each time so far.

Lance Medow: Fact - Throughout training camp and the preseason, the Giants have been experimenting with various options at both guard spots as Ben Bredeson and Mark Glowinski have flip-flopped positions (with Josh Ezeudu an option, as well). You also can't overlook how the Giants rotated guards last season once Nick Gates and Bredeson returned from injuries. It's possible they go in several different directions at guard in Week 1 and provide the Cowboys with multiple looks.

Matt Citak: Fact – Among all the training camp position battles, the rotation at guard is the only one that seems to be still up in the air. Although almost all of the team's starters sat out in the preseason finale, Mark Glowinski, Ben Bredeson and Joshua Ezeudu each started and played eight offensive snaps (with Bredeson lining up at center). It's clear that the question of who starts at guard had not been answered prior to last weekend's game against the Jets, and coach Brian Daboll was not asked about it at his press conferences this week. We'll have to wait till next week to see how the guard situation plays out.

The most impressive offensive player this summer was TE Darren Waller

John Schmeelk: Fact – He beat linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks to create separation and/or make contested catches with his big frame and catch radius throughout training camp. He was the exact type of elusive weapon who lines up all over the formation that many of us anticipated when the trade with the Raiders was made in the offseason. His physical traits (size and speed) standout and he has proven be a very intelligent player and a good teammate. So far, he has checked every box.

Dan Salomone: Fiction – They go hand in hand, but Daniel Jones took the reins of the entire team this offseason. On the field, he looks comfortable and confident in Year 2 of the system. In the locker room, all we've heard about is his work ethic and leadership.

Lance Medow: Fact - It essentially comes down to Darren Waller or rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, who showcased his speed on a daily basis. Let's lean more toward Waller because he's such a headache to defend given his combination of size and athleticism. Although he's a polished vet who has been in the league for several seasons, it's even more impressive when you see him in person as he towers over most defensive backs and linebackers.

Matt Citak: Fiction – Waller was probably the second-most impressive offensive player this summer, but the No. 1 most impressive guy out there had to be Daniel Jones. From the start of training camp, Jones has displayed full command of the offense. His confidence in the system has obviously grown, and it showed with his performance on the field. Other than the first joint practice with the Lions, Jones had just about as good of a summer as anyone could have hoped. Waller certainly played a part in that, and the connection between the two of them will go a long way in determining the success of the offense this season.

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