Good morning on what is shaping up to be a Giant May Monday! OTA(s) are over, the Giants/Jets 2014 SuperBowl bid is almost a reality, and rumors continue to swirl that Skins’ defensive tackle big Albert Haynesworth remains unhappy and that the Skins are open to trading big Al (speaking of the Skins, Mike Shanahan can not be happy with Santana Moss allegations of hgh use, which could lead to a nice little suspension from Roger Goodell).
Speaking of OTA(s), the spotlight is hot on 2nd year players in particular, with William Beatty thought to have a chance to earn a starting role on the offensive line at either left or right tackle, Clint Sintim the heir apparent on the strongside for departed Coughlin soldier Danny Clark, and two 3rd round picks, Ramses Barden and Travis Beckum, trying to prove to the coaches that they deserve greater roles in an already crowded passing offense.
The Giants 2010 draft was all about defensive (the only offensive player picked was 5th round draft choice Mitch Petrus), so the onus is on Barden, Beckum and the other second year players to steup up and carve out a role in this offense in 2010. Giant fans are tired of the word potential and upside (though several 2010 draft choices fit this description).
At best, due to depth at wide receiver, Barden is fighting for a red-zone role with Smith, Nicks, and Manningham the likely starting trio and Hixon likely sitting fourth on the depth chart. could this be the year that Sinorice Mss finally gets cut? Barden’s development will have a big say on the fate of Moss. With Beckum, the answer is less clear. Beckum is not a prototypical tight end, so Kevin Boss can rest easy, Beckum is thought to be more of a half back. After grabbing only 8 receptions in 2009, Beckum has to step up and show his value to Eli Manning in the passing game.
As far as the rookies go, Justin Tuck did have kind words for JPP, calling him, “very, very talented.” Tuck even reversed course on previous comments abut the Giants drafting defensive lineman. Perhaps taking a look at big Linval Joseph changed his mind.
Finally, congrats to the Mets on a series win against the big, bad Yankees. Pelphrey and Santana pitched well and there was even a Jason Bay sighting at Citifield, bring on the Phillies and keep this train going.