Which player impressed you the most at veteran minicamp?
MICHAEL EISEN:Wide receiver Rueben Randle. Victor Cruz didn't participate and Hakeem Nicks was limited. In their absence, Randle was the best receiver in camp. Not only did he catch passes running a variety of routes, Rueben, as offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride noted, has a great understanding of his responsibilities and demonstrated more professionalism than he did as a rookie. Randle could join with Nicks and Cruz to give the Giants a lethal trio of wide receivers. - WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
JOHN SCHMEELK:Reuben Randle really took the reins as the leader of the WR core. He was first in all the drills and seemed very dedicated. Kevin GIlbride raved about him when he spoke to the media last Thursday. His position coach, Kevin Gilbride Jr also talked about his improved work ethic. I think he is poised for a breakout season. This could be the best set of WR's in Giants history.
DAN SALOMONE:Rueben Randle was definitely the big winner of minicamp, but I was already pretty high on him. So I'm going to say tight end Brandon Myers. I'm skeptical of players having one good year – even great ones like Myers' 79 catches last season. I need to see it on a year-to-year basis to fully buy in. But from the looks of it, there's no reason he won't have a very productive 2013 with Eli Manning, who was going to him early and often in minicamp. The guy seems to catch everything.
- Which undrafted free agent has the best chance to make the team?*
MICHAEL EISEN:Safety Alonzo Tweedy. The Giants need depth at that position and Tweedy could also help on special teams. - VIEW BIO
JOHN SCHMEELK:I'm going with Brandon Collins from last season. He showed a lot in the slot at mandatory minicamp. He barely lost out to David Douglas least season, and has an outside shot of making the 53 as the fifth WR. If he doesn't, he has a great shot at the practice squad. Charles James and Etienne Sabino are two other guys with a good shot. - VIEW BIO
DAN SALOMONE:Brandon Collins. If Randle benefitted the most from Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz being away, Collins was second on that list. Since his first go-around last year, he continues to show he can make plays in the slot. This year, he kept finding open ground to connect with Manning and the other quarterbacks.
Which position group will give the Giants the toughest roster decisions?
MICHAEL EISEN:Defensive tackle. Let's assume the starters will be Linval Joseph and Cullen Jenkins. The Giants still have veterans Shaun Rogers and Mike Patterson, youngsters Marvin Austin – a former second-round draft choice – and Markus Kuhn and this year's second-round selection, Johnathan Hankins.
JOHN SCHMEELK:Defensive Line. The Giants have so many defensive linemen that can play and not enough roster spots for them all to fit. I don't believe all of these DE's will be on the active roster: Tuck, Kiwinuka, Jason Pierre Paul, Adrian Tracy, DaMontre Moore, Adewale Ojomo and Justin Trattou. Neither will all these defensive tackles: Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Shaun Rogers, Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson, Marcus Kuhn, and Marvin Austin. Try making those decisions. Not easy.
DAN SALOMONE:In terms of straight cut 'em or keep 'em, it's the safety position. Linebacker has the most open competition, but that's more of who will play where and how much – not who makes the roster. At safety, things get interesting behind starters Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown. Ryan Mundy has impressed coaches since he arrived, and Will Hill is definitely trending upward. Meanwhile, Terrell Thomas is also there to possibly play in the three-safety packages. It will be interesting to see how many the Giants decide to keep.
*Which player has the most to prove heading into training camp *
MICHAEL EISEN:Mark Herzlich. He played first-team middle linebacker throughout the OTAs and the minicamp. Now he must prove he's worthy of keeping this important job once the pads go on.
JOHN SCHMEELK:This is a long list that includes Marvin Austin, Jerrel Jernigan, Mark Herzlick, Will Hill, Tyler Sash, Da'Rel Scott, Keith Rivers and Aaron Curry. The last two have to prove they can stay healthy if they want to be able to start. Hill and Sash will be competing for a roster spot at the end of the safety depth chart. One is a former draft pick and the other has a lot of untapped potential. Herzlich has a legit shot at being the starting middle linebacker if he can prove he can do it. Jerrel Jernigan missed much of minicamp with a hamstring, and it is time he showed why he was a third round pick. Then you have Marvin Austin who was a second round pick, and has a lot of proven players to compete with at defensive tackle. It should be a lot of fun.
DAN SALOMONE:Marvin Austin. A second-round selection is a big investment, and there have been little returns so far. With all the competition they've brought in, it's clear the Giants will have little patience for Austin and other defensive tackles trying to get on the field.
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