As we embark on another training camp, speculation and anticipation have enveloped Giants' fans in a frenetic fog.
Here are some answers to the questions that have vexed the faithful the past few weeks.
Stop worrying about the passing game.
Two things that work in the Giants favor:
1. They lost Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer but they back filled their spots with younger, faster athletes. Hakeem Nicks,don't worry, he'll be signed by camp, is very Michael Irvin-like. Last time I checked, Irvin had a bust in Canton.
When was the last time Steve Smith dropped a pass? Domenik Hixon is a tough receiver. David Tyree is as clutch as they come, and yes I can prove that.
If Mario Manningham stayed all four years at Michigan, where would he have been drafted this year? Uh, the first round...probably ahead of Jeremy Maclin, who the Eagles are gloating over.
Ramses Bardenis big, strong and fast. And he can catch! Travis Beckum is another big kid that will cause match-up problems. That leaves Sinorice Moss, who when healthy can be a deep threat.
2. The Timex Performance Center. The five full-length fields finally allow Eli Manning’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">Eli Manning to throw routes more than 30 yards in practice. The old bubble was restricting the team's ability to work on the timing and accuracy of deep passes. This will turn Manning into a better passer and help the Giants spread defenses more effectively.
Stop worrying about the linebackers.
The word is that Antonio Pierce is in hot water over his role in the Plaxico thing. That is true, but the DA needs to put pressure on him in order to pin down Burress. This will all be behind us soon...
Michael Boley's injury is troubling, but it opens the door for the much improved second-year LB Bryan Kehl and gives Gerris Wilkinson one more shot to show what he's got.
There is nothing wrong with veterans Danny Clark and Chase Blackburn. These guys are pretty damn good pro players. Plus the emergence of rookie Clint Sintum will quell the fears of all Giant fans. The kid is good.
Stop worrying about Eli.
As stated, he's going to be sharper now that he can air it out every day. His confidence level will rise and he'll become a Peyton-like leader. There are only a handful of players that have tenure over him now. He will step up in 2009.
Now, sit back, take a Xanex and enjoy the pre-season.
John Fennelly is the founder/publisher of blogNYG.com, the fastest-growing fan-based blog in New York sports.