Giants.com is counting down to the start of the team's 2023 training camp with 23 questions in 23 days.
Each day, a member of the crew will answer one question about the roster, coaching staff, schedule, and much more.
18) What are the top competitions to watch at training camp?
On offense, look at the offensive line, where there is an open competition at left guard and center. John Michael Schmitz will try to claim the starting center spot right away, while second-year player Josh Ezeudu will try to continue the youth moment at left guard. Young veteran Ben Bredeson will have every opportunity to win either starting spot, while players like Shane Lemieux and Marcus McKethan will try to earn their way onto the field.
On defense, the two starting spots up for grabs are at inside linebacker between Jarrad Davis and Darrian Beavers, and at safety next to Xavier McKinney. Beavers is coming off an ACL injury and will try to build on a strong rookie summer. The safety spot next to McKinney is wide open. Jason Pinnock and Dane Belton return from last year, while veteran Nick McCloud is transitioning to safety. Veteran Bobby McCain was also added this summer, and he adds versatility as a slot cornerback. The starting slot corner spot between Darnay Holmes, Cor'Dale Flott and McCain could also be a fun watch.
The two most fascinating camp battles for me will take place at the end of the cornerback and wide receiver depth charts. Sterling Shepard, Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton, Jalin Hyatt, Wan'Dale Robinson and Parris Campbell are already six wide receivers. I would be shocked if the Giants kept more than seven. Does Collin Johnson find his way on the roster as a backup big receiver to Hodgins? Does Jamison Crowder make it as a slot option and punt returner? Does Jeff Smith's special team prowess get him a spot? Does David Sills continue to make it? How about undrafted free agent Bryce Ford-Wheaton? It will be a good fight between all of them and the other young players in the group.
The back of the defensive back room is even more fascinating. You have Xavier McKinney, Dane Belton, Jason Pinnock, Adoree' Jackson, Deonte Banks, Cor'Dale Flott, Darnay Holmes, Amani Oruwariye, Nick McCloud and Bobby McCain. That's already 10 players. Can rookies Tre Hawkins and Gervarrius Owens force the team to keep an 11th? What if Aaron Robinson is healthy enough to play? What about Rodarius Williams and Zyon Gilbert? It gets tight fast. The second and third team reps in practice and the preseason games will be critical for all these players.
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