Jan 26, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; New York Giants guard Chris Snee (76) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) pose at Ohana Day for the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants Training Camp Preview: Chris Snee

Giants Training Camp Starts in two days.

You read that right — the New York Football Giants training camp starts on July 22, 2014. The boys of Giant BLUE will be back at it again, hitting the practice fields on their ever present quest to be the best team in the NFL.

Along on that journey will be some familiar faces… some who even joined the team at the same time, in the same draft. Players like Eli Manning and Chris Snee, both drafted a decade ago, both with deep ties to the Giants organization. Heck, it’s no secret that Chris Snee is Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law. That’s definitely an out of the ordinary connection for a football team, but it’s no secret.

What is a secret, however, is Chris Snee’s role with the team moving forward. Questions exist, such as:

  • Is he healthy?
  • Is he a part of the equation?
  • Is there any chance he’s a cap causality?
  • If he does play the 2014 season, will it be at a $8.5 million level? —  (Thank you, Spotrac)

Going directly to Giants.com offers little in reassurance, as they report information in a post titled, Camp Preview: 10 Biggest Questions:

2. Who’s healthy? Unfortunately training camp is as much about the medical report as it is about the playbook. From Chris Snee to Jon Beason and Will Beatty, the Giants have health questions about some of their starters.

3. How is the offensive line coming together? With Snee and Beatty sidelined during spring football, the first team offensive line often consisted of Charles Brown, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, and Justin Pugh. We’ll see how the configurations evolve in camp

While the Giants main site doesn’t come out and say that Chris Snee isn’t healthy, they don’t exactly give the situation a ringing endorsement either. The truth will present itself at training camp. If Chris Snee comes out early and takes the majority of first team reps, there’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if some of the other younger guys, or additions like Geoff Schwartz  get to work, then it might be time to revisit some of those above questions.

Going into camp, who’s Chris Snee battling? According to Jordan Raanan over at NJ.com in a post titled, Giants Training Camp Battle No. 2: Snee, Mosley, John Jerry and others at right guard. It’s between these guys:

Chris Snee vs. Brandon Mosley vs. John Jerry vs. Weston Richburg and others

Early Favorite: Mosley

Why?: The way everything currently stands — Snee’s elbow didn’t allow him to get through OTAs and minicamp, Jerry is coming off a knee procedure, Richburg is a rookie also competing at center — Mosley is the healthiest and strongest candidate heading into camp. And he also performed well in the one game he received extended playing time last season against the Seattle Seahawks.

Still, Snee will start if he’s healthy. He’s been a consistent, strong performer for the Giants over the years, but there are some serious doubts about whether he’s actually going to make it to the regular season. Count me as one of the doubters at this moment.

Their favorite is Brandon Mosley, but more so it’s the idea that Chris Snee might not be ready for the season. As someone that spent a lot of time watching Geoff Schwartz last season filling in with occasional dominance at right guard last season in Kansas City, it’s important to note that if Schwartz sees action at right guard in camp, it could speak to the total health of Chris Snee moving towards the season.

As it stands now, the Giants could use Snee and Schwartz both at the same time, effectively giving them a strong front five. However, when health goes in the NFL, it goes fast. Watching Chris Snee this training camp could be a huge story line, as it could determine the outcome of the future of his GIANT career.

What do you think Giants Nation. Will Chris come back as good as ever, or will the Giants be looking for a new answer after a decade of the “RIGHT” guard question was answered with SNEE?

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