New York Giants' Players Facing Make or Break Training Camps

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2013

New York Giants' Players Facing Make or Break Training Camps

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    The New York Giants' 2013 training camp is just 10 days away, and we already have an idea which players could be facing a make-or-break training camp.

    The Giants' draft—in which three of the four first picks were invested on the offensive and defensive lines—has directly resulted in other players being put on the bubble watch.

    Could this be the season the G-Men let go of some key veterans or finally give up on young projects that never quite panned out?

    Let's take a look at players for whom this training camp will determine whether they are on the Giants roster when the 2013 NFL regular season begins.

Marvin Austin, DT

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    Since he was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2011 draft, Marvin Austin has been nothing but a disappointment.

    The 24-year-old defensive tackle has played in just eight games since being drafted. Austin tore his pectoral muscle against the Chicago Bears in a 2011 preseason game, which is the primary cause of his limited playing time in the NFL.

    In a heavy rotation of DTs this season, Austin will not just have difficulty finding playing time; his spot on the New York roster may be in doubt.

    Perry Fewell's defense boasts a slew of talented defensive tackles at the defensive tackle position: Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson, Shaun Rogers, Markus Kuhn and Frank Okam all will be jockeying for position in Fewell's rotation.

    Without a stellar training camp, I don't see Austin making the cut.

David Diehl, OT

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    The drafting of offensive lineman Justin Pugh could be evidence that the G-Men are ready to part ways with former All-Pro David Diehl.

    Diehl restructured his contract this offseason, taking a $3.825 million pay cut, according to Yahoo! Sports' Brian McIntyre. But the veteran OT could potentially be out of a job before the 2013 season begins.

    Dave Hutchinson of the The Star-Ledger has already written that Pugh could replace Diehl at tackle, while CBS Sports' Mike Freeman lists Diehl as a Giants player who's on the bubble.

    Tom Coughlin and the Giants' front office usually hang onto veteran talent, but with an influx of young players coming in, Diehl's days in New York could be numbered.

David Carr, QB

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    Along with teammate David Diehl, backup quarterback David Carr also finds himself on Mike Freeman's bubble watch.

    Big Blue drafted former Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of this year's draft, and many—including myself—believe that if Nassib has a solid training camp, he'll be the No. 2 QB on the depth chart.

    Eli Manning's durability has been evident throughout his career. Therefore, the Giants could opt to begin the season with just two quarterbacks on the roster, letting Carr go. Remember, the Giants can always add a third quarterback during the season should it be necessary.

    Ultimately, I think the Giants go with all three quarterbacks this season, but that doesn't change the fact that Carr is on the bubble.

James Brewer, OT

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    A bad training camp wouldn't result in James Brewer being cut, but it be he could certainly miss out on a starting opportunity without a strong showing this summer.

    The 25-year-old offensive tackle will be competing against David Diehl and rookie Justin Pugh for the starting right tackle position. 

    Brewer played in just six games for the Giants last season and will have his hands full when competing against the veteran Diehl and New York's first-round selection, Pugh. 

    Run-blocking—especially with the injury to FB Henry Hynoski—will be heavily scrutinized, and if Brewer doesn't get the job done during training camp, he could find himself riding the bench this season.

Da'Rel Scott, RB

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    Da'Rel Scott has some of the best speed of any running back in the NFL—he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash time at the 2011 combine—but with David Wilson and Andre Brown dominating the carries, Scott will be left out in the cold.

    Don't forget, the Giants still have Ryan Torain, and they selected Michael Cox in this year's draft, providing even more competition for Scott in the backfield.

    I've always been high on Scott because of his body of work at Maryland, but his fumble against the New Orleans Saints in 2011, combined with the addition of Wilson and Brown, has resulted in a lack of touches for Scott in the Giants offense.

    With a wealth of talent in the Giants backfield, I don't see Scott having a shot unless he turns in a stellar camp. 


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