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July is not only the final month without football games, but it's also the time when training camp begins. And then it's all systems go for the 2015 campaign.

If the Giants hope to make a run to the postseason for the first time since 2011, they will need to elevate their game to a higher level.

With camp set to open at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 30, takes a look at players who are primed to take that next step and could put up bigger numbers this season.


Entering his fifth season, Prince Amukamara hasn't shied away from stating his goals, which include Pro Bowls, All-Pros, being the best cornerback on the team and even one day in the NFL. To get to that next level, Amukamara knows he needs more interceptions. He was on his way with a career-high three in eight games last season -- he has six total on his resume -- before suffering a biceps injury that required surgery and cost him the rest of the year.

Check out photos of Prince Amukamara from the 2014 season

"I mainly think about that whenever I am watching the top guys, like the [Richard] Shermans, the [Darrelle] Revises, the [Patrick] Petersons, Joe Haden, Vontae [Davis] and [Brent] Grimes," Amukamara said during last month's minicamp. "When I see their play, the only thing that is mostly different is the ball production. My main goal is to get my hands on as many balls as I can.

"Ball production is huge not only for me but for the team. It definitely helps me out, but in the main stream of things, it helps the team out. So any time that the DBs can get our hands on the ball, we are going to make the most of it."

Additionally, the return of Steve Spagnuolo as the Giants' defensive coordinator could lead to big numbers for Amukamara.

"Coach Spags loves for his corners to be aggressive and pressing a lot," Amukamara said. "That is my kind of game. We are switching it up. His M.O. is to not let the offense dictate what we are doing and we dictate to the offense. I like that. He is pretty aggressive.

"It is almost like a chess game. He is always making the more aggressive move, putting your king in the check. That is how I would describe it. He likes his corners to challenge and press receivers and that is part of my game."


Despite ranking near the bottom in total yards, the Giants' defense finished fourth in the NFL with 47 sacks last season, partly due to breakout campaigns by second-year defensive linemen Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore.

Hankins, the Giants' 2013 second-round draft pick, had 7.0 while Moore, who was selected one round after the defensive tackle, had 5.5. The combined 12.5 sacks were the firsts of their careers. In 2014, Hankins became a regular starter for the Giants, a role Moore is looking to earn for himself in 2015.


Four preseason touchdowns earned a roster spot for Corey Washington in 2014 as an undrafted rookie out of Newberry. But the momentum stalled in the regular season as he played behind the likes of Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr., and Rueben Randle, recording five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown in 14 games.

Check out photos of WR Corey Washington from the 2014 season

With a year under his belt, Washington is looking for more in his sophomore campaign and got off to a strong start in the spring as Cruz and Beckham were sidelined during organized team activities and minicamp.

"I thought Corey Washington had an excellent spring," wide receivers coach Sean Ryan said.

"I thought he had an excellent spring in the classroom and in the meetings. His attitude was outstanding. He worked. He got better and we will compile all the catches, but he is right up there. I am not sure if he didn't lead the pack in catches and productivity for the spring. He certainly stood out to me."


During six-straight starts in the second half of his rookie season, Devon Kennard recorded 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles, one of which led to a 26-yard touchdown return by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn against the Titans. Despite missing part of spring with a hamstring issue, Kennard and his coaches have high hopes for his future.

"I think number one, he is more confident in himself as a player," linebackers coach Jim Herrmann said. "He knows now he can play in the league. That takes you a long way."


While playing sparingly as a rookie last year, Jay Bromley, a former third-round pick out of Syracuse, had to look only as far as the next locker over for motivation in fellow defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

Check out photos of DT Jay Bromley from the 2014 season

Like Bromley, Hankins, a second-round pick from Ohio State, had to be patient as a rookie in 2013 playing behind veterans before breaking out in his second season.

"[Hankins] sort of tutored me his second year, and it has done wonders for me mentally, seeing and just knowing that it's possible," Bromley said this offseason.

"Just make it possible. So me seeing that, it's like a measuring stick. I know me and him are two different kinds of players when it comes to interior defensive tackles, but I don't want to put a limit on what I can and can't do. I know I can get into the backfield, I know I can be disruptive, I just have to do it consistently, and that will come with time."

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