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Sunday Thoughts And Musings

Here are some Sunday thoughts and musings for you on this beautiful day in New York. I’m going to do this Peter King style, with 10 things I think about the Giants.

1. I think that I’m excited for Chris Canty’s contributions this year. Not only will he take up space (he’s 6-7, 300), but his versatility will allow Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyoria to stay fresh for the stretch run. That was a big problem last year, as Tuck seemed to tire out, and his production tailed off.

2. I think Ramses Barden will have a huge year–but only in the red zone. Coming from a lower level of competition, he still needs to learn route running and separation. However, his size will allow him to contribute immediately in the red zone. Fade routes will be easy for the 6-6 wideout. Get him on your fantasy team. I could see him with 8 touchdowns, with the potential for more.

3. I think that, on the topic of rookie receivers, Travis Beckum will be a great complement to Kevin Boss. Beckum will fill the Dustin Keller role, the pass catching, seam stretching tight end. Beckum could’ve easily been a first round pick, but dropped due to injury. He could have a big year.

4.I think that Giants fans will be missing John Carney early on in the year. Lawrence Tynes has a big leg, and has a history of making the big kick (granted, he’s also missed a lot of big ones), but his consistency has a lot to be desired.  Even though Carney seemed to wear down towards the end of the year, he was a model of consistency, hitting almost every field goal and making the Pro Bowl. Tynes will miss some chip shots.

5. I think that some defensive lineman will not be getting a lot of playing time this year. Mainly, Jay Alford, Dave Tollefson, and Barry Cofield. All have earned playing time, but with the additions of Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, plus the return of Osi Umenyoria, there is simply not enough time in the game to get these guys in. And that’s a shame. Alford has a great pass rushing ability. Tollefson is a grinder, and will put pressure on the QB. Cofield has been solid since being drafted. I’m surprised the Giants didn’t try to get something in return for these guys in a trade. They will have to contribute on special teams mainly.

6. I think these are players who could make the Pro Bowl: Justin Tuck, Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, Osi Umenyoria, Corey Webster, and Chris Snee.

7. I think these are the rookie who will make the most contributions ( in order from most to least): Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden, Travis Beckum, Andre Brown, Clint Sintim, DeAndre Wright, Stoney Woodson, Rhett Bomar, Will Beatty.

8. I think the most interesting training camp battle will be the one for kick/punt return. The best choice on the team is Domenik Hixon, especially at kick returner. But, with his increased role in the offense, I doubt the Giants will give him double duty. Guys who will duke it out: Sinorice Moss, Stoney Woodson, Aaron Ross, Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, Bruce Johnson, and Terrell Thomas.

9. I think another interesting, but less noticed, training camp battle will be backup offensive linemen. The Candidates: Kevin Boothe, Tutan Reyes, Adam Koets, Guy Whimper. I can only expect that three of these guys will make it, maybe two with the addition of Will Beatty. If I had to pick, I would go with Reyes and Boothe, with Whimper getting the third position. Reyes has the most experience. Boothe was the go to guy a year ago. Whimper was a 4th round draft pick a few years back, and I don’t think they will give up on him. The guys who make it have to show tremendous versatility to play multiple line spots. The guys who can play the most the best will make it.

10.  I think these are my non-Giants thoughts of the week.

a. I’m very glad to see the weather become nicer. All that rain in New York was starting to get on my nerves.

b. Apparently, Tutan Reyes works out at the same gym I do. I have yet to see him. If I do, I’ll try to score an interview, or at least pics.

c. I’m not sure if  I want to see Bruno. I’ve heard mixed reviews. Who has seen it?

d. Usually, I watch the Home Run Derby with a bunch of buddies. We try to make picks on who we think will win it. My pick this year? Albert Pujols.

e. Speaking of Pujols, he is not human. He can’t be. He’s too good.

f.  RIP Steve McNair. You were gone way too soon.

g. Thanks to everyone for continuing to come out to the site. I think we have a great Giants community here, and it’s all due to you guys. Thanks again.

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5 Responses to “Sunday Thoughts And Musings”

  1. buljos says:

    I understand your logic regarding the reduced playing time of D-linemen, but I don’t see it as a negative. I think that was the objective. Certainly there are only so many spots on the roster. But last year’s precipitous fall in the last quarter of the season had much more to do with the D-line wearing out than the loss of Plax. Sacks, QB pressures, 3rd down stops, etc. were all down toward the end because the guys just wore down or were injured. Well, this season that’s not as likely to happen again. The return of Osi and FA signings of Canty and Bernard will prolong the strong play of Tuck, Cofield, Robbins and Kiwi. Rotate in Alford and either Tollefson or Maurice Evans (this guy has big talent potential if they can bring it out of him), and they’ll all be fresh the whole game. It’s not a shame, because it’s about winning, not playing time. The D-line wears down considerably quicker than the O-line, but that presumes it’s the same D-line and same O-line. The Giants will be rotating starting quality talent the whole game, keeping the O-line on their heels and QB off balance. When we see the D-line jumping up and down and acting fresh in the 4th quarter, as opposing O-linemen are sucking wind, then we’ll see how much of a shame it is. The platooning running backs is a relatively new phenomenon… we’ll be seeing the platooning D-linemen because there’s starter quality depth.

  2. royobbs says:


    Good article. I agree with most of what you said. However, I do believe that we need a PK other than Tynes; I just don’t trust him (in the 2007 playoffs, if Brett goes down the field for the Packers in OT, who becomes the goat?).

    Also, I would like to see if Maurice Evans (DE) makes a slight impact in his rookie year; I believe that he is going to surprise some people.

  3. Something I rarely see mentioned about Chris Canty is his ability to knock down balls passed over the middle of the field, say to a RB like Westbrook or Jones.

    I think he should be able to deflect some passes that could otherwise lead to big plays…we’ll see.

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