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3 under-the-radar Giants contributors who have emerged this offseason

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    Excerpt: "The Giantsí 10 OTA practices canít yield a ton of concrete conclusions about Pat Shurmurís 2018 roster since players arenít hitting in pads yet and the roster still totals 90 men instead of 53.

    What has emerged, though, is that while many of the star players remain the same, there will be a lot of new faces among the Giantsí critical complementary and depth contributors, and that extends into the starting lineup.

    Players wonít truly win or lose jobs until training camp, which opens in late July. But for now, here are three players whose roles have stuck out as more prominent than expected so far this offseason.


    Hill, 22, the second of the Giantsí two third-round picks at 69th overall out of N.C. State, not only has taken plenty of first-string defensive snaps; Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher at times has shown the three-man front of his 3-4 defensive scheme to be, from left to right: the 6-3, 311-pound Hill, the 6-3, 341-pound Damon Harrison and the 6-3, 317-pound Dalvin Tomlinson. That is 969 pounds of man loading up to stop the run.

    Itís surprising at first to see Hill on the edge because at N.C. State he played exclusively on the interior over the ball. My assumption when GM Dave Gettleman drafted Hill was that he would enter a rotation with Harrison and Tomlinson, not start alongside them. But this alignment made more sense when Hill explained the design behind it to me on Monday:

    ďI believe we want to stop the run first before the pass. So thatís our go-to. We want to stop the run, build a wall, and then when we want our pass-rushers to come in, they can come in, or leave them out there, do what we need to do.Ē In other words, if the Giants feel Hill is one of their best three run-stoppers, a guy the offensive line canít move, thatís how he could end up starting in that spot. ďYes, sir,Ē he said.

    Hill, who played on a heralded Wolfpack defensive line that had all four of its senior starters drafted this April, says he up to the challenge on the edge because ďIím an athlete Ö Now Iím going against a tackle instead of a center or a guard, but at the end of the day itís football, itís the same.Ē

    Other players to watch in this edge spot: veteran Kerry Wynn, 27, who also has taken plenty of first-team reps and has shown great energy; and Josh Mauro, 27, the free agent signed from Arizona, though he wonít be available until Week 5 due to a PED suspension. Robert Thomas and Josh Banks are among defensive tackles also competing, and rookie fifth-round pick DT R.J. McIntosh remains injured and out.


    Sharp, 23, is the last person to catch a touchdown pass from Eli Manning on the first TD of Sharpís young NFL career: a 16-yarder that Sharp caught right on the ďAĒ in GIANTS in the MetLife Stadium end zone in that Week 17 season-finale win over Washington. It also may not be the last time Sharp catches a TD from Manning.

    While the contracts of free-agent signings Cody Latimer ($2.5 million total guaranteed) and Russell Shepard ($1.3 million, up to $2 million in incentives) would suggest they have the inside track on the third receiver job and on special teams, that has not been the case at OTAs. The undrafted Sharp, despite a minimal $555,000 base salary, is getting a strong look." Read more...
    ďNever argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.Ē MB Rule # 1

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    Will come down to special teams play.
    Exhibition games performance.
    Lewis ,Latimer, Sharp and R. Shepard.
    Last edited by fifthavephil; 06-07-2018, 10:47 PM.