Reasons the New York Giants Should Be Excited for Training Camp

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIJuly 18, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 11:  Rueben Randle #82 of the New York Giants work out during Giants minicamp at Timex Performance Center on May 11, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NFL players rarely get excited about the long and grueling days of training camp, and that's even if you're fresh off of a Super Bowl title like the New York Giants

The Giants should be excited about training camp, however, because it gives them their first opportunity to build on the process of repeating their remarkable 2011 campaign.

New York has a number of new faces that are eager to taste the winning formula that the team put together last year, and they also have some young players that want to prove that last season's success was no fluke.

The growth of rookies David Wilson and Rueben Randle will be two of the most exciting matters for the franchise during camp, because both players are looking to fill roles of players that were key to the Giants' success last season. 

Wilson is a clear-cut upgrade over Brandon Jacobs in my opinion, because he is a hard-nosed back that will add a new dimension of speed and quickness to the Giants backfield. Rueben Randle, on the other hand, is a bigger version of Mario Manningham and I also believe that he will be a better version in the long run. 

Randle was not a household name in college due to poor quarterback play, but he did show glimpses of big play ability during his time at LSU, as his 17.3 yards per catch number suggests. 

The Giants should also be excited about the growth of two former University of South Florida stars: second-year linebacker Jacquian Williams and third-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, because both players exceeded almost every expectation that the Giants had for them last season.

Pierre-Paul dominated offensive lines all season as he finished the year with 16.5 sacks, while Williams made several key plays for the Giants, with the most memorable being when he stripped 49ers punt-returner Kyle Williams to set the Giants up for a game-winning field goal.

Overall, the Giants appear to be better on paper heading into 2012 in my opinion, and the team should be rather excited to begin their training camp that is set to run from July 26 - August 15, 2012. 

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