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Mailbag: Questions heading into regular season


Matt in Massachusetts: The Giants trained with players all summer long and then brought in several new players who don't know the scheme. Are these new players that much better than what they already had?

John Schmeelk: Yes, the team determined the new players are better than the ones they had on the roster. The Giants have extensive scouting on all these players from their time in college to however many snaps they have put on tape in the NFL. While it will take some time to learn the scheme, there is now an extra week between the waiver process and the start of the regular season, allowing for more time to get them acclimated.

Luke in New York: Do you think the Giants will ask Nick Gates to move to guard or right tackle, based on the most recent moves the team has mad to acquire interior offensive linemen?

John Schmeelk: A move is unlikely because the Giants specifically moved Gates from his college position at tackle to guard, and then to center last off-season. They think his best fit is there. It doesn't mean he can't play there if a situation calls for it, but they prefer him at center.

Leandro in New York: Why was Kadarius Toney's injury such a mystery – wasn't it COVOID-19 related?

John Schmeelk: COVID-related health issues have privacy concerns around them and teams around the league do not reveal personal health information of that type for legal reasons.

Stuart in Georgia: Doesn't it smack of desperation, and isn't it an indictment of poor drafting that the Giants are trading for offensive linemen two weeks before the season opener?

John Schmeelk: No. First off, these are depth players, not starters. They signed Joe Looney and Zach Fulton this offseason to be depth at center and guard. Those players retired this summer. The recent trades brought players who are replacements for them. The Giants did not cut or release any draft picks of their own to trade for Ben Bredeson and Billy Price. In fact, five of their top six offensive linemen were either drafted or signed as undrafted free agents.

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