4 Most Exciting New York Giants Position Battles to Keep an Eye on This Summer
As the offseason workouts and mini camps draw closer, it is time to focus attention on which players will be making their impact on the 2012 season.
For the New York Giants, there will be battles at multiple positions that fans will have their eye on, some that could possibly include 2012 NFL Draft picks.
This slideshow will showcase the four most exciting position battles that training camp will have to offer.
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Last year the Giants had a revolving door at left guard that included starts from David Diehl, Kevin Boothe, and Mitch Petrus.
As of right now, it is anyone's guess who will be the starter this season. Petrus provided a spark for the unit last year in his limited time, so maybe he will win the job in camp.
The coaches like what Kevin Boothe brings to the table, but I'm not sure he can be any better than what we've seen. Petrus has yet to hit his ceiling.
I honestly do not see Diehl as a candidate for the position, as he is more likely to battle for the right tackle spot.
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When the New York Giants told Kareem McKenzie they would not be re-upping his contract, that created an immediate opening at the right tackle spot.
One that no one has any idea who the position will be filled by. It could be Diehl, it could be 2011 fourth-round pick James Brewer, or it could be someone the Giants take in the 2012 NFL Draft.
I'd honestly feel more comfortable with option No. 3, especially if they take someone in round one or two. Either way, someone is going to have to win the job in camp.
Wide Receiver No. 3
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With Mario Manningham signing with the San Francisco 49ers, someone will have to step up and take his place in the Giants high-flying passing attack.
There are multiple candidates that come to mind. Domenik Hixon, who signed a contract this offseason, 2011 third-round pick Jerrel Jernigan and 2009 third-round pick Ramses Barden.
And once again, this battle could have a body added to it by way of the draft.
At this point I believe Hixon has the edge, but it's far from clear cut.
Backup Running Back
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After the release of Brandon Jacobs, the Giants opened the door for someone to take his spot as Ahmad Bradshaw's backup.
D.J. Ware was the third back last season, but did little to impress in the times he did get carries. 2011 seventh-round pick Da'Rel Scott showed off some incredible speed and good vision in the preseason, but did poorly in the time he got in the regular season as well.
Many believe the Giants will draft someone to replace Jacobs, especially considering Bradshaw's health issues. I seriously doubt the Giants trust Ware or Scott to be the full-time back if Bradshaw gets hurt.
In my most recent mock draft, I have the Giants taking Chris Polk in round two. As long as they find someone who can compliment Bradshaw and help the Giants' short yardage running, I don't care what round they take one.