5 New York Giants That Are Having Awful Starts to Training Camp/Preseason
The New York Giants keep taking more steps towards getting their 2012 season underway.
The Giants played most of their first and second-team players in the first half, a half in which the Giants looked like the team that won a Super Bowl six months ago. There were a lot of players who looked like they were having a great start to training camp and the preseason.
But then, there are some Giants players who have not had a great start this month.
Let's take a look at some of these players and why they are here.
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Terrell Thomas just can't catch a break.
Thomas missed the entire 2011 season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears last August.
He re-signed with the Giants to a four-year deal and was expected to be a starter at cornerback in 2012.
However, while at training camp, Thomas slipped on a play covering Domenik Hixon, causing his knee to swell up.
A lot of people had reported that Thomas may have re-injured and possibly torn his surgically repaired ACL, but the results were good news. Surgery was not required and Thomas would miss anywhere between 3-6 weeks.
While it's good that Thomas won't miss the entire 2012 season, his knee injury is a setback in his comeback to the NFL.
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Chris Canty has been recovering from knee surgery since February after the Giants won the Super Bowl.
He's been a little slow to get back on the field for the Giants and the team isn't sure when Canty will be completely ready.
The Giants prepared for Canty's post-knee surgery, as they brought in longtime veteran Shaun Rogers to compete for a job on the team.
Rogers has made a positive impact in his short time with the Giants, losing 50 pounds and impressing the defensive coaches enough to let him start in the preseason opener against the Jaguars.
Plus the Giants also got back Marvin Austin—who was out for the entire 2011 season with a torn pectoral muscle—who will look to make a push to get more reps on the defensive rotation.
With Linval Joseph listed as one of the starters, Austin and Rogers are both going to compete to take Canty's spot on the defense.
Canty's knee needs to heal a lot quicker if he wants to stay relevant on the Giants' D, especially since he could get cut if he doesn't produce.
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Will Beatty hasn't been on the field for the Giants since it was discovered that he has a detached retina that needed to be surgically repaired on Thanksgiving Day.
Because of Beatty's injury, David Diehl had to shift back from left guard to left tackle and Kevin Boothe got a chance to start at guard.
Boothe ended up becoming a solid starter, but while Beatty was expected to resume starting at left tackle again, he suffered another setback with a back injury.
In the Giants' first game against Jacksonville, Sean Locklear got the start at left tackle while Diehl moved over to RT.
Locklear was brought in to be more of a versatile backup who could play both tackle and guard, but if Beatty can't get on the field, Locklear could end up taking the job.
2012 may be a make-or-break year to figure out if Beatty will be a long-term solution on the offensive line for the Giants.
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Some felt with his size and speed, Da'Rel Scott could emerge onto the scene for the Giants and make a name for himself.
However, Scott has been suffering from a thigh injury, which not only forced him to miss time in practice, but also caused him to miss the first preseason game against the Jaguars.
So after Ahmad Bradshaw got his reps, rookie David Wilson, DJ Ware and Andre Brown all got their chances while Scott was on the sidelines.
Ware showed some elusiveness on the field by escaping defenders and even scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
Wilson got a chance to show off his speed and Brown got the opportunity to earn playing time and maybe earn a spot as the fourth running back.
Scott being on the sideline hurts his chances of making the roster, and he needs to get healthy so he can compete with Wilson, Brown and Ware for a spot.
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Ever since being drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Clint Sintim has been nothing short of a disappointment.
Before the 2011 season, some thought Sintim might eventually get a chance to be an impact player for the Giants, but he tore his ACL for the second year in a row and missed the entire season.
Sintim was one of the many players and linebackers who got injured for the Giants, enabling Jacquain Williams to get more playing time and allowing Chase Blackburn to get signed again while he was teaching school.
Sintim has begun the 2012 season on the PUP list while he recovers from his ACL surgery, and the Giants are prepared this time.
They brought Blackburn back with a guaranteed contract; they traded with the Cincinnati Bengals to get Keith Rivers, plus Mark Herzlich has been performing well enough to have a chance at earning a starting spot.
Michael Boley is recovering from a hamstring injury, but his presence and place on the Giants is pretty much safe.
Sintim's place on the Giants is not.
When I hear Sintim's name, I think of Jonathan Goff, another former Giants linebacker who suffered the same injury as he did.
Goff was on the Redskins, but he tore his ACL again for the second time in late July and the Redskins waived him.
I would not be shocked if by the end of August, Sintim gets cut from the Giants.