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What do you think the cornerback situation is? Of course Prince, Webster, Terrell and Hosley will make the roster. But will the Giants carry more corners than that? I know they like Brandon Bing, and they also have Bruce Johnson returning from injury, but would they keep six corners, with an unsettled backup situation at safety?

*Dear Anthony:

*The training camp competition at cornerback is going to be fierce. In addition to the players you named, Michael Coe, Justin Tryon, Dante Hughes and Antwaun Molden all have NFL experience. That's 10 corners fighting for … I don't know how many jobs. Would they keep six? It's not inconceivable if the fifth and sixth corners are outstanding special teams players. But it will depend largely on how the entire roster breaks downs – the number of corners they keep directly affects the number of defensive linemen, wide receivers, etc. Given the relative lack of depth at safety, a corner who can competently double back there will have an advantage.

Which unit do you think will show the most improvement this season for the G-men?

*Dear Raymond:

*Quarterback – just kidding. I'm going to go with the punt and kickoff return units. The Giants have long needed explosive return men. I'm not saying they have a Devin Hester in their group, but with Domenik Hixon returning, Rueben Randle, Jayron Hosley and David Wilson arriving and Jerrel Jernigan improving, the Giants' return game could be better than it's been  in the Tom Coughlin era.

Apologies if this has been asked recently, I'm not sure. Here's my question: Going into camp, the Giants have much more depth at linebacker than last year. What are the chances that Mathias Kiwanuka will go back to playing defensive end?

*Dear Gary:

*Slim and fat. Barring injury, it's not going to happen on a fulltime basis. Yes, the depth at linebacker has improved. But Kiwanuka is still the best strongside backer on the roster. If he's moved back to the line, that spot is weakened. And it's not as if the Giants are desperate for help at end. In Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul, they have three players who have been selected to five Pro Bowls. Could they use a fourth end? Sure. Kiwanuka will likely have an opportunity to play there – and inside – in the sub packages. But he's not going to be an every-down end this year.

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