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Cover 3: Major storylines heading into the summer


With OTAs and minicamp in the rearview mirror, the crew discusses the major storylines coming out of spring practices and heading into training camp:

John Schmeelk: Nothing is set in stone, but we have an idea of what the Giants want the offense line to look like from left to right: Andrew Thomas, Jermaine Eluemunor, John Michael Schmitz, Jon Runyan, and Evan Neal.

We didn't see this group together much outside of position drills due to Neal's injury recovery, but that should be how the Giants start off training camp when they finally have padded practices. I am interested to see the impact that new offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo can have on the group, including Neal once he is able to get on the field in pads.

Meanwhile, both Runyan and Eluemunor have position flexibility, so the group can alter its look. Bricillo knows Eluemunor well from their time together in New England and Las Vegas, and his ability to play all four spots on the line could very well be the motor oil that makes the engine run.

Eluemunor and Runyan have been eager to work with the younger players on the line and share their knowledge. Both have spoken highly of Schmitz, and their veteran presence around him should help steady his development curve. Runyan's steadiness should also help Neal at right tackle.

This, of course, is all theoretical. The offensive line will have to prove it on the field and will be a key to the season. They will have an early test at joint practices with the Lions before their preseason opener. Let's see what they can do.

View the best photos as the Giants take the field for minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Dan Salomone: We made some headlines on when Daniel Jones participated in 7-on-7 drills out of the gate at OTA No. 1, so let's start there. While the plan never included full team periods this spring, the quarterback picture came into focus that day. Jones, who has been rehabbing a torn ACL, is on track for the start of training camp and thus Week 1.

"The knee feels good, really good," Jones said last week before the Giants wrapped up spring practices. "I think every week I've continued to feel better and better and taking steps. Doing a lot of the same things I've been doing, but doing them better and feeling sharper, cleaner with a lot of my cuts. Kind of working on getting that explosiveness back and then taking steps in improving my change of direction and cutting from even where it was before the injury."

Jones added, "I expect to be ready to go the first day of training camp."

When that happens, there will be fewer than 50 days until the start of the season – the 100th in franchise history – on Sept. 8 against the Vikings. In that time, Jones will try to get up to speed with, among others, Malik Nabers. The sixth overall draft pick looked the part in his first spring, bringing his work ethic and competitiveness to East Rutherford from Baton Rouge, where he was LSU's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. The spotlight on these two will only get hotter in the buildup to Week 1.

View all of the top photos from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center as OTAs come to a close.