Training camp is just around the corner for the NY Giants, who open up their 2022 camp to fans July 27. NY supporters will be able to see the first camp in the new era of Giants football led by new general manager Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll.
Training camp is filled with battles each year between all position groups, with players trying to move themselves higher up the depth chart and other players fighting to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. This year’s training camp will have exciting battles amongst positions on offense, defense and special teams that will bring the best out of each player. Here’s three battles that you should keep an eye on.
3. Wide Receiver
The battle in the wide receiver room between Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard and Wan’Dale Robinson is one to watch. All three receivers have the the ideal physique and skills of a slot receiver, but only one is going to get the majority of snaps there throughout the upcoming season.
Shepard does have experience at playing on the outside, which is where he primarily played in 2020 with 331 snaps. Since then, Shepard has moved into the slot on a full time basis in 2021, which is where he has played the majority of his snaps last year.
Toney and Robinson are both very similar receivers, in which their game is all about elusiveness and being shifty for opposing defenders. Both players are also on the smaller side compared to most other outside wide receivers across the league. Toney’s home run play potential may see him be used more on the outside so Shepard can play in the slot which is where he has played his best football.
If Kenny Golladay and Toney are projected to play outside and Shepard in the slot this year, then Robinson may fill the role of the fourth wide receiver and be used in certain formations and plays in similar fashion to how Toney was used as the fourth man last season. All this would mean Darius Slayton could actually end up getting cut, which wouldn’t be a surprise to see.
This battle should be one to watch during camp as other than Golladay, who will remain as the No. 1 WR, there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered at the position. Players are going to need to separate themselves throughout the rest of the summer.