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Mailbag: Giants' edge depth; state of O-line


Enzo in Virginia: How many edge defenders do you think the Giants will keep, and how likely is it that those getting cut will be claimed by another team before the Giants can sign them to the practice squad?

John Schmeelk: Slicing the edge rusher group will be one of the great challenges for the front office and coaching staff this summer. One thing to take a look at is which of those players can play a different position. Ifeadi Odenigbo, for example, was cited by Dave Gettleman as someone who can be used as an interior rusher on passing downs. Could Lorenzo Carter play an off-ball linebacker role on some downs? Carter Coughlin was tried at inside linebacker at different times in practice last year. Can Cam Brown be used that way, too?

The other question is which one of these players can contribute most on special teams? Brown emerged as a core special teams player last year. Coughlin, Lalos, and Carter did, as well. The ability to get to the quarterback is still the position's main priority but as you get deeper into this group, surviving the final roster cuts will have a lot to do with what you can do besides being an edge rusher.

Mark in Illinois: Do you think, in some ways, the Eagles moving ahead of the team to grab WR DeVonta Smith was actually beneficial to the Giants?

John Schmeelk: This is a fair point. Obviously, the chance to draft Smith would have been great, but acquiring a talented wide receiver in Kadarius Toney, while also obtaining a first- and fourth-round pick in next year's draft is probably far better value than just getting the one player. The Giants also obtained a fifth-round pick that they used to trade up to nab Aaron Robinson in the fourth-round.

Richard in Florida: Is it possible to quantify how well this year's offensive line will play over last year's unit?

John Schmeelk: We have no idea to what extent the young guys in the group are going to improve in their second season, or how much of a positive impact new offensive line coach Rob Sale will have on these players. The hope would be the group takes another step forward from their improved play in the second half of the season last year.

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