Vinny DiTriani recaps the competitions to watch while the Giants are in camp. Most of the question marks involvingstarters are on the defensive side.
“I want to see these free agent corners in pads,” added Coughlin, referring to Ahmad Treaudo, Michael Bragg and Antwain Spann, all of whom did something to catch his eye in the off-season workouts….
Fred Robbins and former Steeler Kendrick Clancy are the starting defensive tackles heading into camp, but disappointing former first-round draft pick William Joseph as well as Kenderick Allen and Damane Duckett are looking to grab playing time. While Michael Strahan, back from his season-ending torn pectoral muscle, and Osi Umenyiora are set as the starting ends, the only backups are rookie draft picks Justin Tuck and Eric Moore.
There are two potential starting jobs in flux, but both are dependent upon players coming back from injuries.
Barrett Green’s recovery from off-season knee surgery could give Nick Greisen the opportunity to show he should get some playing time at weak-side linebacker. And if Shaun Williams continues his comeback from two years all but lost to injuries, he could earn a safety spot next to Gibril Wilson and at the expense of veteran Brent Alexander.
Arthur staple adds that Webster may be performing well enough to push the wills:
The only moves left are to get unsigned draft picks Corey Webster and Justin Tuck into the fold. Both can fit into important spots on the defense. Tuck, along with just-signed pick Eric Moore, would be the lone backups at defensive end to the recovering Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. And Webster, who dazzled the staff in the June minicamp, could push cornerback starters Will Allen and Will Peterson for playing time.
While it seems unlikely that a rookie can displace even will Allen (who is flawed but not unskilled or inexperienced), it is nice to think that the giants have your CB talent considering how much it can cost to resign a veteran like Will Allen (though the big bucks seem to go to guys who can catch).