There have been a lot of positive updates to come out of NY Giants camp since things got going last week. However, it is still early, and we are starting to get a first look at some problems the team is currently experiencing.
Quarterback Daniel Jones, tight end Darren Waller, and wideout Jalin Hyatt are among the players that performed well this past week. However, there are still several areas that need to be addressed moving forward:
3. There are question marks surrounding Giants cornerbacks
The cornerback position concerns the New York Giants because of the uncertainty of their projected starters: Adoree' Jackson and rookie Deonte Banks. Both are set to match up against several Pro Bowl wideouts this year, which will be an obstacle for Big Blue's secondary.
Over the last three seasons, Jackson has suffered knee, ankle, and leg injuries. While the six-year veteran is prone to injury, his ability to stay healthy in 2023 will be crucial for the G-Men. Jackson is expected to play a significant role this season and serve as a mentor to rookies Banks and Tre Hawkins III.
While I believe Banks is talented and will show flashes of improvement in Year 1, his early struggles to keep up with Giants wideouts during practice bring up some concerns. The ability to overcome growing pains and make an immediate impact will be something fans will monitor. The first-round pick had difficulty locking down experienced wide receivers and got his NFL wake-up call against Waller, who could not be stopped.
Hawkins has been off to a great start so far. The sixth-round pick out of Old Dominion University is making a case for playing time but, similar to Banks, the rookie is unproven and will have to earn opportunities if he can stay healthy.
Lastly, the Giants are looking for third-year defensive back Darnay Holmes to step up in 2023. He has been the Giants' primary slot CB for the past three seasons; however, he was seen working out with the third-team defense on Monday. Hopefully, Holmes will take this opportunity to develop and get reps during camp if he wants to contribute to the secondary this season. However, there's also a chance he gets cut in the coming weeks.