The Giants.com staff discusses players to watch as Big Blue reports for the offseason program:
Players arrive for the start of the offseason program!
With the start of the Giants' voluntary offseason workout program, our writers discuss players to watch this spring:
I was trying to figure out which new player I was most excited to see and then quickly realized some of the current players are more interesting. I love Dan's Davis Webb answer below, but I'm going to go with Ereck Flowers. Even with the addition of Nate Solder, Flowers remains very important to the Giants this year. With top pass rushers lining up over the left and right tackle positions, the former first round pick needs to play well at right tackle so the passing game is functional.
Moving to the right side is more of a transition than most people realize. It changes nearly all of a player's footwork and a lot of their technique. It will be a big change for Flowers, who hasn't played on the right side since his freshman year at Miami. I want to see how he adjusts to the new technique and how he handles the position change from a mental standpoint as well.
The real answer here is the Giants' top pick in the draft, but since we have to wait a few weeks to find out who that is, I'll go with a player sure to be impacted by that decision one way or the other — Davis Webb. From general manager Dave Gettleman to head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula, I think the new regime is interested to get to know the sophomore quarterback and see what he can do. Since day one, Webb has been tied to Eli Manning's hip, including the offseason when they rarely go a day without coming to the facility. The work ethic and intangibles are clearly there, but those only take you so far. We need to see him on the field. And that's what OTAs are for in a little over a month. The question is whether there will be a rookie with him in the quarterbacks room.
I always like to keep close tabs on players returning from injury in the spring because it's important to see how much progress they've made since being sidelined. There's no live contact allowed in the spring, so while the convenient answer by my colleagues would be to focus on a player changing positions (Ereck Flowers), battling for a starting job or looking to move up the depth chart (Davis Webb), there's only so much you can take away from the offseason workout program. That's why simply observing how a player is moving around following an injury is much more helpful.
Brandon Marshall fits that profile and, given he was limited to just five games in 2017 before suffering a season ending ankle injury, his sample size in a Giants uniform is still very small. As it stands right now, Marshall has by far more experience than any other receiver on the roster and could very well play an integral role in the offense depending on what Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula envision for him. To put things in perspective, when you add up all the years that last season's main receiving corps still on the roster (Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis, Travis Rudolph) have been in the league plus new addition Cody Latimer, you get 13 accrued seasons. Marshall has 12 alone. At 6-5, he's also the tallest receiver on the roster and provides a different look compared to the other players at that position. I'm anxious to see how well he's recovered since undergoing ankle surgery.