Saquon Barkley among players to watch

The Giants will send 90 players to training camp this summer and all are looking to stick to the roster. Here are five players we’ll be sure to keep a close eye on:

LB Lorenzo Carter

Not long ago, the long, lanky full-back with his reach from here to there was expected to be the next big thing in defence. The current? It is still undetermined, but the signs are not trending upwards. Carter scored a total of 8.5 tackles in his first two years (30 games, 14 starts) and averaged 44 tackles. In five games in 2020, he has one sack and 15 tackles. It looks like he is developing less of a sack artist and more of a full-back with some quick passing ability. He’s about to rupture his Achilles tendon, and that can sometimes lead to hesitation. There’s another big year ahead for this guy, with rookie Azeez Ojulari now on the field and Carter set to play the final year of his contract. Much of this can also be said for Oshane Ximines, who is also coming back from an injury-laden season.

OT Matt Peart

In many ways, Peart represents what the Giants are trying to do on their offensive line: Build a youth team through draft. If you pick a team based on how the boys look when they get off the bus, Peart, 6 feet-7 and 318 pounds, gets a spot. He was considered rough coming out of Connecticut and he ended up getting 150 snaps as a rookie, mostly with the right handling, in head coach Joe Judge’s unusual rotation system . Peart had not allowed to be sacked in his first eight games before COVID-19 hit him and his form dropped in the last three outings. The coaching staff wanted him to take the starting position. If he can’t, veteran Nate Solder – mostly a left-hander in the NFL – is next. Peart will start camp on the inability list with a back injury.

You have to expect this name to appear here, although he will start on the PUP list. Barkley had surgery on October 30 to repair a torn ACL and partially torn the meniscus in his right knee. He went down September 20, during Week 2 in Chicago, robbing the offense of its deadliest weapon. How all of this plays out will define his legacy with the franchise anointed him the #2 overall pick in the 2018 draft. Once he’s activated , expect the medical and training staff to go slow with Barkley throughout the summer. The target date for him isn’t the first day of games, his first training session with the Browns or any of his three pre-season games. Check back on September 12 to see if Barkley is the one to start running again in the opening game against the Broncos.

First round pick Kadarius Toney is currently on the reserve/Covid list, so his condition is something to watch out for as training camp begins.
First round pick Kadarius Toney is currently on the reserve/Covid list, so his condition is something to watch out for as training camp begins.
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WR Kadarius Toney

The selection in the first round was on the list of players to watch: It was strange. However, this is not a sample table selection. Toney really watched. He had a good spring with his new team (he is currently on the reserve list / COVID) and not just a prankster, as long as it’s easy to define his role and position in the offence. It takes a perceptive process to see where his unique skill set (he’s elusive as hell) will work best. All rookies need to adjust to life in the NFL, and there could be some growing pain for Toney as he begins his journey. He’ll get a lot of camp jobs in the trenches, lining up outside, in motion, on sweep jets, maybe even on utility plays (he has a giant arm ). He doesn’t need to be a finished product during the regular season start, but he does need to be ready to give in as soon as possible.

NT Danny Shelton

The most significant absence from this list from 2020 is Dalvin Tomlinson, who signed with the Vikings after four consistent seasons in the middle of defence. Tomlinson is not irreplaceable, but it won’t be easy to do either. No expensive imported free agency additions to fill the spot. However, there is a big deal. Huge, as in Shelton’s body, a 6 foot-2 tall, 345-pound stop athlete with six years of NFL work in the trenches. He’s just 27 years old and has cycled through the Browns, Patriots, and Lions teams. It’s always fun to watch the biggest guys on the hottest days of camp. Can they get over it? Do they need regular breaks? The giants want to be able to trust Shelton as their first anchor. | Saquon Barkley among players to watch


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