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Matt Mosley’s ESPN Chat Transcript:

On Tuesday, NFC East Blogger Matt Mosley stops by to talk about the NFL offseason.  Here are the questions about the Giants.

Matt, if everyone expects Hakeem Nicks to compete right away, and the giants had receiver Jeremy Maclin higher than Nicks, why don’t people think Maclin can compete right away?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: Who said Maclin can’t compete right away? I think he’ll be on the field quite a bit in Week 1. I know the Eagles had some injuries, but DeSean Jackson would’ve fought his way into the starting lineup without injuries. Maclin will be starting by midseason at the latest.

Matt- Which Giants WR will have the biggest impact this year? I feel Hixon and Nicks will be the starters with Smith in the slot. Also, Barden could rack up all the Fantasy points with TD’s in the GreenZone….YOUR THOUGHTS?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I would steer clear of Barden in fantasy. I think he’s more of a developmental player. I think Steve Smith and Nicks will be the starters — with Hixon being the third guy.

Hey matt, I’ve got one question, I just read in Yahoo(I know they’re competition) that the Giants are one of the teams forecasted to not make the playoffs. Do you think this is true? Why or why not?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I have no clue how anyone would predict the Giants missing the playoffs.

Hey Matt , do you think new Giant stadium will be like New Yankee stadium and have balls flying every where (worse than they do now)

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I don’t think it will be any worse than old Giants Stadium, no.

I think the whole Giants WR situation is blown out of proportion. Yes they lost that playoff game to the Eagles, but they beat the Panthers in that HUGE regular season game. This year their front 7 is much better and the running game will stilll be dominant. I think they will still be serious superbowl contenders right now. Thoughts?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I agree with you. But I do think Plax’s absence played a role in that December slide. The reinforcements and more emphasis in the running game should do the trick. I think the Giants are the third or fourth best team in the league if they line up today.

Do you see Pierce bouncing back with a solid season after getting torched by backs during the Plaxico saga? Also who’s the best pickup in free agency/the draft this year (Osi included since he’s coming back from injury)?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: For the money, Michael Boley was a really nice pickup for the Giants. But the biggest impact might be Jason Peters in Philly. I know you asked for FA/draft, but I chose to expand things a bit with the Peters trade. He’ll make a huge impact on the left side — especially in the running game.

Better safety this year: Kenny Phillips (from the U) or Ken Hamlin?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: Phillips

Who do you see being the Giants team MVP if they make the playoffs this season?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: Eli Manning

matt, how can u say the giants have a better receiving corps than dalls? at least the cowboys have 1 semi-proven guy.

SportsNation Matt Mosley: Give me Hixon, Nicks, Smith, Barden and Manninghamn over Williams, Austin, Hurd and Crayton anytime. They just have a lot more collective talent.

is it just me or does Barden have the same kinda past as Marques Colston. I watche dhim at Hofstra and he was a man amongst boys. even did well at the senior bowl. I think Barden has the same kinda upside!

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I think Colston was more of an all-around athlete. Barden could help you in the red zone big time. But first, he has to learn how to get releases from the line of scrimmage. Corners will try to beat him up at the line. Colston figured out how to get off the line early on. I think it will take Barden longer.

Who are the players that takes a leap on offense and defense for the Giants this season?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: Phillips is about to become a Pro Bowl player and I think the league will start to realize that Snee’s one of the best guards in football. Just an absolute mauler in the run game.

i still wish the Giants got the Robieskie kid!

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I LOVE the kid. But he’s a No. 2 receiver. Nicks can be a No. 1.

After their first Rookie Mini Camp, what do you think Hakeem Nicks will contribute to the Giants offense this year?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: I wasn’t at the rookie camp. But based on what I know, it’s reasonable to think he could have a season similar to what DeSean Jackson had in Philly in ’08. And the Giants would be thrilled with that result.

how do you forsee Clint Sintim in the giatns defense this year..Starter? only on passing situations?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: He’ll be in some subpackages. I think they’ll bring him in and let him play defensive end when Tuck moves inside. He’ll also play a large role on special teams.

On 3rd down the Giants can line up 3 legitimate pass rushers in Tuck, Kiwanuka, and Umenyiora. And then put Canty in at DT with Simtim coming off behind Umenyiora. Also they can put Canty at DE for short yardage situations. Is this the most flexible and diverse defense in the league this year?

SportsNation Matt Mosley: yes

Mario Manningham + Hakeem Nicks will = a poor mans Boldin Chad Johnson type duo…. they are the giants starters with Smith in the slot

SportsNation Matt Mosley: Way too much being expected from Manningham. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to the starting lineup. But the Nicks-Boldin comparison is certainly a fair one.

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