Projecting Giants Training Camp Positional Battles


A Giant Thursday is among us, time to talk out the anticipated training camp battles for the G-men, though subject to change depending on whether Jerry Reese is done with the defensive make-over (and also depending on how things shake out with the rookie minicamp (tryouts as well on these dates), taking place from April 30, 2010 through May 2, 2010 (guys to watch, in addition to the Giants draft class 2010, include undrafted free agents DT Nate Collins, G Dennis Landolt (both with legitimate shots to make the roster) and Minnesota linebacker Lee Campbell, UConn running back Andre Dixon, and Boston College linebacker Brian Toal.

On to the two most anticipated (and likely) training camp positional battles (we’ll look at the secondary tomorrow):

1. Middle Linebacker: Four guys legitimately in the mix here (what I like to call the usual suspects at this point): Jonathan Goff, Gerris Wilkinson, Chase Blackburn, and 4th Round draft choice Philip Dillard.   Goff probably has the upper-hand here, having started 4 games at the back end of 2009, albeit, with mixed results.  Still, the Giants like his size/speed combination, and he has to be the favorite when camp opens.  Goff’s biggest threat might be Dillard, a rookie out of Nebraska, who has a nice skill set and could be a huge surprise in 2010.  Have to think Wilkinson’s chances are low, given the position change from the weakside linebacker position (I know he played in the middle in college, but that seems like light years ago and I just don’t see Wilkinson holding up physically in the middle, but you never know).  Blackburn is a jack of all trades linebacker who excels on special teams and provides great overall depth.  If Blackburn was going to be the starter, it would have happened last year.

Offensive Line: Will the Giants return the same starting five (O’Hara, Snee, Suebert, Diehl, McKenzie) or will second year man William Beatty (who the Giants are very high on) push his way into either the left tackle or right tackle spot, creating a domino effect on the line?  Beatty is easily the Giants most athletic tackle and in brief stints last year, showed huge potential at both tackle spots.  If Beatty comes in a little heavier and a little stronger, watch out.  Reese and Coughlin would love to see Beatty win one of the tackle spots, but does that mean the end of the line for either Seubert or McKenzie?

Also, while less talked about, the backup positions on the offensive line figure to be up for grabs between Boothe (who has been pretty solid when called upon), Whimper (a 4th round pick originally at tackle, moving to guard, and figures to be under the microscope) with the additions of 5th Round draft choice Mitch Petrus and undrafted free agent Dennis Landolt.  I can easily see Adam Koets not making the final roster as well; the question still remains, who is the backup center (O’hara still plays like a beast but won’t forever), if there is a shake up on the line, have to figure Seubert goes to a back up role and provides depth at both guard and center.

On a programming note, my apology to those of you who tuned in on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 to the radio show “The Sports Docket,” a popular sports show that covers NY sports on Blog Talk Radio, expecting to hear Giants draft thoughts and Giants speak, we had a scheduling issue (a fancy way of me telling you I told you the incorrect time earlier this week).  We are now confirmed for Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. eastern time (6:00 p.m. pacific), so mark your calendars, it is going to be a rowdy evening.

Finally, no news on free agent DT John Henderson’s scheduled visit with the Giants, we will be monitoring this situation closely, Henderson could give the Giants another nice rotational run stuffer to hedge the bet on Linval Joseph, who will be given an opportunity to carve out a role on the d-line.

Stay Blue!

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  • steve

    How about that mlb position? whats the deal there.. could they move kiwi or osi there? .. tall and speed….

    • trininyc1

      “How about that mlb position? whats the deal there.. could they move kiwi or osi there? .. tall and speed….”

      This is not Madden, Where you can just move people around,
      Just because they big and fast. In that case lets just bring in some American samoans track and feild star and good basketball plays.It’s much more than phsyical and more than speed. The team Has alot of guys who are ready for the challenge, we just need to give them a chane let not get like the the Other NYC foot ball team.

  • V

    Wondering why the Jints are not even considering Adalius Thomas! Agreed, he is on the wrong side of 30 but stll plays like a beast and comes from the Raven/Pats school of defense. You can bet the guy knows X’s n O’s and can be a huge motivator and mentor for the relatively green LB core of the Big Blue.

    Is it about the salary cap against his expectations? Cant they make room for him?

  • Paul Graziano

    The Kiwi linebacker experiment has been forever put to rest, ditto for Osi who will remain at defensive end, as he hopefully enters the 2010 season with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and tries to get back to pro bowl, double digit sack form.
    It looks like the Giants are going to go with the guys they have (Goff, Dillard, Wilkinson, and Blackburn), I just don’t see any names on the market that appear better. Curious to see if the Giants will have any interest in KC linebacker Derrick Johnson, who is a former 1st round pick, but a poor fit in the 3-4 defense. Wouldn’t mind seeing if he could occupy the middle or at least provide a little competition on the strong side with Clint Sintim (who we think will be a beast in year 2).
    As far as Adalius Thomas, no interest from what I hear, but you never know. Thomas is a guy who can do a lot of things and should come cheap, wouldn’t mind adding him to the mix as the G-men have the ability to give a nice 3-4 look (especially with the addition of Linval Joseph).
    Still no word on John Henderson, while on the downside of his career, he is still a great run stuffer and would show strong in a defensive tackle rotation, so we’ll see. Stay Blue!

  • Paul

    I’m from SW Fl and have watched Campell grow and develop. The Giants are fortunate to have such a solid athlete especially against the run. He was the undefeated State Champion Heavy weight wrestler not just because he is strong but he has fantastic footspeed and balance. He was the areas top scholar athlete (Winged Foot Athlete of the year) and graduated Univ in 3 1/2 yrs. Blue collar work ethic, fast learner and loyal. Everything that all of the Great NY Giant players have been.