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    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...rt_river_index

    Excerpt: "Scan the crowd at MetLife Stadium during a Giants home game and you won't find many fans wearing jerseys for the third-string running back, the dime defensive back or the versatile sixth man on the offensive line.

    But NFL teams constantly are looking for hidden gems.

    Orleans Darkwa took advantage of an unforeseen opportunity last season and led the Giants in rushing yards. Calvin Munson went from undrafted free agent — always good candidates to be surprise stories — to one of the team's leading tacklers. Both were underrated at this time last year.

    There is a renewed sense of optimism around the Giants right now.

    "I like the attitude that I see around our facility right now," Giants co-owner John Mara said this week on Sirius XM radio. "People seem to be working together. People seem to be getting along. People seem to have bought in to Pat Shurmur's message. And so far, so good, but I've been around long enough to know this is May and a lot of things can happen but I like the direction we're going in right now."

    It's going to take more than big spending in free agency and a shrewd draft to make Mara forget about last season's debacle.

    "We were 3-13 last year," he said, "and I haven't quite erased that taste from my mouth."

    Here is one underrated player at each position who could combine to give Mara and the Giants the rinse they are seeking:

    QUARTERBACK: Davis Webb

    It's never easy to identify an underrated quarterback because it is the most scrutinized position.

    With Eli Manning cemented as the starter and Kyle Lauletta off to an inauspicious start, it must be Webb, who has looked like the best quarterback (including Manning) in pre-draft minicamp and through the first week of OTAs. Teammates and coaches rave about Webb's commitment to teaching himself the new offense.

    Webb has done all he can to impress with his arm strength and accuracy in practice. It's time to judge his improvement against live competition, something he hasn't seen since last preseason.

    RUNNING BACK: Wayne Gallman

    If No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley is a three-down workhorse, where does that leave Gallman and Jonathan Stewart in the new-look backfield? Stewart has the 10 years of experience and the $3.45 million guaranteed salary, but Shurmur showed with the Vikings he isn't tying snaps to salary.

    Galllman averaged 4.3 yards per carry as a rookie fourth-round pick. He will be given an opportunity to out-play Stewart in the preseason and take over as the No. 2 back, with Stewart slipping into a more defined role.

    Gallman also could be used as a kick returner. Where he hurts his own case is as a shaky pass-catcher.

    TIGHT END: Kyle Carter

    The Giants likely will decrease the number of three-wide receiver formations in favor of more two-tight end formations. The top two tight ends, Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, are set in stone, but what if there is an injury?

    The battle between Carter, Jerell Adams and Ryan O'Malley for No. 3 tight end is real. Adams, a former sixth-round pick, has the advantage because he played more than 200 snaps on special teams last season. An ability to line up in the backfield as a fullback could create separation, too.

    But don't sleep on Carter, whose relationship with Shurmur goes back to 2016, when Shurmur was the only tight ends coach at Penn State's Pro Day. The two were together in 2016-17 and Shurmur claimed Carter off waivers from the Vikings as soon as he was hired by the Giants.

    WIDE RECEIVER: Hunter Sharp

    With Odell Beckham sidelined and on a Brandon Marshall-less roster, Sharp has taken advantage of an opportunity to get some No. 1 reps. Based on experience, Roger Lewis, Russell Shepard or Cody Latimer are safer bets to emerge as the No. 3 receiver behind Beckham and Sterling Shepard.

    But Sharp, who the Giants claimed from the Broncos last December, is a real underdog without an insurmountable amount of ground to make up. He had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in the final two games of the season. He also is an option to be the primary kickoff returner.

    OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Jon Halapio

    Barring injury, it is expected the Giants' starting offensive line Sept. 9 against the Jaguars will be (left to right) Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Brett Jone, Patrick Omameh and Ereck Flowers. Hernandez, a rookie second-round pick, and the much-maligned Flowers have to earn their spots.

    Halapio's versatility makes him an interesting threat to steal a job, however. Drafted in 2014, he finally had a breakthrough year in 2017 and was a first-team guard in practice before the Giants drafted Hernandez.

    Jones, a former CFL free agent signing, also is coming off his first year as an injury-replacement starter, which convinced the Giants to move on from Weston Richburg in free agency. Jones has the upper hand to be the starting center, but Halapio presents competition. He took first-team reps in practice last week." Read more...
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Rooting for Kyle Carter

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    • #3
      Rooting for Webb
      Long Live the King

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      • #4
        Clearly its BOOTSY.
        sigpic Verbally I'm untouchable like Eliot Ness.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gee718 View Post
          Rooting for Webb
          This too, for obvious reasons

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