Things have been a lot of fun for the NY Giants at training camp, with the last session coming on Saturday. Offseason acquisition Darren Waller has been unstoppable in camp, so much so that Brian Daboll removed him from the field during one practice to force Daniel Jones to throw the ball to other pass-catchers. Waller appears to be the focal point of Big Blue's passing attack.
Throughout training camp, we have seen strong showings from many players fighting to make the 53-man roster. In addition to roster battles, it has become abundantly clear that the battles to start at left guard, center, safety, corner, wide receiver, and middle linebacker will come down to the wire.
It has been a fun and encouraging start in New York this summer. With that said, here are four bold NY Giants predictions before the summer ends:
4. Jason Pinnock wins the second starting safety job
Giants GM Joe Schoen made a sneaky move at the end of training camp last summer, claiming safety Jason Pinnock off waivers from New York's other team, the Jets. Pinnock, a 24-year-old safety who was a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh in 2021, was a victim of the Jets secondary crunch last summer, which became the Giants gain.
Pinnock played 459 snaps on defense for Big Blue in 2022. The young safety recorded 35 tackles, six hurries, two hits, and two sacks. The best game of Pinnock's season was the Giants Week 10 win over Houston, in which he recorded two sacks and two hits from the safety spot.
Pinnock's competition for the starting safety job is veteran Bobby McCain and Dane Belton. In 2022, PFF graded Pinnock as the best safety of the three, and 60th overall. Interestingly, Pinnock's 2022 PFF grade was higher than Giants star safety Xavier McKinney's. The youngster started camp strong, and made a viral interception during a practice:
A couple more incredible plays from Pinnock, and he will open the season alongside McKinney in the young Giant secondary. We'll see how he plays during the preseason.