Happy Wednesday, New York Giants fans! With Big Blue having released their official training camp schedule on Tuesday night, all that's left to do is count away the days — only 12 more to go until players report! In the mean time, please enjoy the following headlines over your mid-week coffee.
This is not saying that I wasn't impressed with the way Rodgers-Cromartie, as a whole, played in the four games I watched. In fact, for the most part, he was dominant against lesser competition.
But what I was surprised to see was that Denver didn't use Rodgers-Cromartie as a pure shutdown, No. 1 cornerback most of the time. And when he was on the star receivers, he allowed some big plays.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL Meetings back in March that Rodgers-Cromartie would be "following" the other teams' best receiver just about every week this season. Based on what the tape showed, that might not work out so well. That's not how Rodgers-Cromartie had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013, and it's why I put him in the overrated category.
MICHAEL EISEN: Left tackle Will Beatty. The 2013 season was not Beatty’s best, and he candidly will be the first to admit that. The Giants struggled on offense last year largely because of the play of the injury-weakened line. Improvement up front is critical this year if the Giants’ new offense is to perform efficiently and productively. Beatty plays the line’s most important position, one that protects Eli Manning’s blind side. He needs to play as he did in 2012 and lead the way for a higher level of performance from the entire line.
1. Offensive Lineman Brandon Mosley
Mosley filled in for Snee with the starting unit, and while one can’t fully evaluate the offensive line when the team is not in pads, Mosley never really appeared to be out of place or overwhelmed with his assignments.
“Brandon is really in his second year,” said Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. “His first year he was on IR. He was with us in training camp, and then he had his foot operated on and he was put on injury reserve, so he missed a year of football activity.
“Last year…he was progressing very well, and then when he had the opportunity to really take the bull by the horn against Detroit, he went against a good football player and was really battling pretty good and then he broke his hand.”
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