New York Giants: Going Inside 2019 Training Camp

The New York Giants have had a very busy offseason and there will be a ton of question marks heading into the 2019 NFL season. They have only been to the playoffs once after winning Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.

A lot of people thought they were going to move on from Eli Manning, but he is going to be back for one more season. Manning is on the final year of his contract.

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General Manager David Gettleman shocked the world with two moves this offseason. The first one was trading wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. A lot of fans were upset about the move considering his talent. Some people believed that he revived Eli Manning‘s career.

A lot of people thought Gettleman lost it when Beckham Jr. was traded. David Gettleman said in a press conference at one point during the offseason that they didn’t sign Odell Beckham Jr. to trade him. Nonetheless, they did anyway.

The second shocker was drafting quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Duke University. He was drafted ahead of New Jersey native Dwayne Haskins. He was drafted with the 15th overall pick by the Washington Redskins.

Head Coach Pat Shurmur is open to a quarterback competition between Eli Manning and Daniel Jones. However, Manning will most likely be the week one starter on the road against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, September 8. Although Shurmur is keeping the door open for Jones to be the Week one starter as well.

I think Kyle Lauletta will be out Alex Tanney as the third quarterback on the roster.

Saquon Barkley will be the starting running back and he had a tremendous rookie season. Barkley won the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and many people believe he is already the best running back in football.

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There is a massive drop off at the running back position after Barkley. Wayne Gallman Jr. is listed as the second running back heading into training camp. He will most likely be the second running back heading into the season.

There will be a massive battle for the third and fourth running back spots on the roster between Paul Perkins, Rod Smith, and rookie Jonathan Hilliman.

They could use Elijhaa Penny as the fullback on the roster.

Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard will be the top two wide receivers on the roster. Rookie Darius Slayton will be a name to keep an eye on during training camp. He could be one of the starting receivers in week one. Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, and Russell Shepard will also most likely make the roster.

Other wide receivers that are competing for a roster spot is Bennie Fowler, Alonzo Russell, Brittan Golden, and rookies Alex Wesley and Reggie White Jr.

Evan Engram will be the starting tight end. Rhett Ellison will be the second tight end. Scott Simonson, Garrett Dickerson, and rookie C.J. Conrad will compete for the third tight end spot on the roster.

For the first time in a while, the starting offensive line is most likely set heading into training camp. Nate Solder will be the left tackle, Will Hernandez will be the left guard, Jon Halapio will be the starting center, Kevin Zeitler will be the starting right guard, and Mike Remmers will be the starting right tackle.

Spencer Pulley and Chad Wheeler will most likely make the roster as backups. There will also be a massive battle for the final one or two offensive line spots. Victor Salako, Nick Gates, Chad Slade, and rookies George Asafo-Adjei, Austin Droogsma, and James O’Hagan.

New York switched to a 3-4 defense last season under new Defensive Coordinator James Betcher. Therefore, they struggled big-time pressuring the quarterback. Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon were let go in the offseason. The Giants defense will, in fact, have a brand new look this season.

The starting defensive line will be B.J. Hill, rookie Dexter Lawrence, and Dalvin Tomlinson. Rookie Chris Slayton, Olsen Pierre, and R.J. McIntosh will compete for playing time as well.

Lorenzo Carter and Markus Golden will be the starting outside linebackers. Alec Ogletree and B.J. Goodson will be the starting inside linebackers.

Kareem Martin, rookie Oshane Ximines, and Avery Moss will also compete for playing time at outside linebacker. Rookie Ryan Connelly, Nathan Stupar, and Keion Adams will compete for playing time at inside linebacker.

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Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea will be the starting safeties. Sean Chandler and Michael Thomas will most likely be the backup safeties.

Sam Beal and Janoris Jenkins will be the starting corners. Beal was out last season with an injury. The Giants selected him in the Supplementary Draft in 2018.

Rookie DeAndre Baker will also see some playing time as a corner. He was a shutdown corner at the University of Georgia. Baker rarely gave up touchdowns.

Rookie Julian Love will most likely crack the roster as the fourth corner. Grant Haley, rookie Corey Ballentine, Antonio Hamilton, and Tony Lippett will compete for the final corner spot on the roster.

Riley Dixon will be the punter, Aldrick Rosas will be the kicker, Zak DeOssie will be the long snapper, and Corey Coleman and Jabrill Peppers will flip the kickoff and punt return duties.

The New York Giants went 5-11 last season and finished in last in the NFC East once again, but they lost a lot of close games. New York feels confident enough they could turn the corner this season and surprise people, but a lot of people feel like they will win no more than six games. It would not be a surprise to see them have another Top 10 pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.

All players must report by Wednesday, July 24. However, the first practice will begin on Thursday, July 25. New York will start the preseason on Thursday, August 8 against the New York Jets and the Giants will be the home team. It is going to be an interesting 2019 NFL season for New York.

How do the New York Giants look to you heading into the 2019 season? Leave a comment below.

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