The Giants begin their OTAs on Wednesday, which means they can finally all be on the field at the same time playing football (or at least something resembling non-contact football). Here are five questions we'll be asking from that first workout:
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
With left tackle Will Beatty sidelined for five to six months from a torn pectoral muscle, the Giants are going to rejigger their offensive line. They have options. They can put Justin Pugh (pictured) at left tackle and allow first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers to start on the right. They can put Flowers on the left and see what happens; the Giants have insisted that Flowers has left-tackle talent. They also have to figure out who plays the guard opposite Geoff Schwartz. Pugh was the likeliest candidate before the Beatty injury, but now it could be John Jerry or even Brandon Mosley. Well get our first glimpse of the alignment.
WILL JPP BE THERE?
With near certainty, the answer is no. Jason Pierre-Paul has not been at the voluntary offseason workouts while he waits until the last minute to sign his franchise tag tender. Its pretty clear at this point that there will be no long-term deal this offseason. Of course, JPP is under no obligation to be at these voluntary OTAs, nor will he be required to attend next months mandatory minicamp without inking the tag. But with a new defensive coordinator and a new system to learn, maybe Pierre-Paul will sign sooner rather than later.
WHAT CAN VICTOR DO?
Victor Cruz wont be participating in the OTA practices as he continues to recover from his torn patellar tendon. But the wide receiver has been doing some running and cutting so far this spring and on Wednesday well get our first look at what hes capable of when he rehabs on the side (as he said he intends to do).
HOW DOES DAMONTRE MOORE LOOK?
If there was any player on the defense who needed a fresh start with a new coordinator, it was Moore. But the talented third-year pass-rusher missed most of the offseason workouts while he worked toward his degree at Texas A&M. This will be the first we get to see and hear from him about what his role might be, what he thinks he can accomplish, and what that clean slate with Steve Spagnuolo might mean to him.
WHO WILL BECOME THE SOUL OF THE GIANTS?
Eli Manning is still the face of the franchise and the captain of the vessel, but with Antrel Rolle gone to Chicago as a free agent the Giants have a void when it comes to the more emotional aspects of leadership. There are some early candidates, including Jon Beason (pictured) and Jameel McClain at linebacker, or even rookie safety Landon Collins who has already taken on a vocal role. Someone will need to step up and replace that dog mentality that Rolle always wanted.
BONUS QUESTION FOR LONG ISLANDERS: WHAT’S A SEAWOLF?
Thats the phrase on the Stony Brook University T-shirts that T Michael Bamiro (pictured) and TE Will Tye routinely wear. The two products of the Long Island school both have a legitimate chance at making the 53-man roster at positions where depth is an issue for the Giants. At the very least, they should be practice squad candidates. Whatever their fate in the fall, their journey will begin with OTA number one on Wednesday.