Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is the Giants player most likely to have a breakout season.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - If we’re choosing a player who was with the Giants last season, I’ll go with Damontre Moore. If we’re picking a player the Giants acquired in the offseason, I’ll go with Rashad Jennings.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - Hiss play was strong in short spurts as a rookie, his body is made for the NFL and there’s no reason to think he won’t be a consistent run stopping force in the middle of the defensive line.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fact - Showing flashes as a rookie in his limited time behind proven veterans, Hankins has the coaches believing he is ready to handle more in his second season. And he has to, as the team parted ways with Linval Joseph. Hankins has the size and temperament to be the run-stopper that the team needs.
The deepest position on the Giants’ roster is cornerback.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - I can’t go with corner because Trumaine McBride is not at full strength and Jayron Hosley was suspended for the season’s first four games. I’ll go with wide receiver, where the Giants have Victor Cruz, Ruben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mario Manningham (who should be ready for training camp), plus other contenders like Trindon Holliday, Preston Parker and Julian Talley.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - Trumaine Mcbride, who started last year, is the fourth corner behind DRC, Prince, and Thurmond. Throw in another former starter with Chicago, Zack Bowman, and the CB spot is stacked.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - While the top end might be the deepest from Prince Amukamara to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond, we’ve seen depth at the cornerback position become pretty thin in an instant. It’s close, but I’m going with the defensive tackles. Led by veteran Cullen Jenkins, the interior is stocked with Mike Patterson, Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn. If you keep going down the line, you have third-round draft pick Jay Bromley and promising undrafted rookies in Kelcy Quarles and Eathyn Manumaleuna.
The NFL is the toughest sport to go from player to head coach.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - The game is so complicated and the roster is so large, no one can make the jump directly as they do in the NBA.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - There are so many moving parts, and the roster is so big it is definitely the hardest. Being a head coach is more about leading, organizing and setting a tone than even teaching players how to play. Those are skills not often learned as players.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fact - Just from a logistical standpoint, an NFL head coach needs years of experience working up the ranks. There are 53 players, dozens of coaches and staff members, medical personnel, and the list goes on. There are a lot of moving parts requiring years of experience to put together.
In spirit of the World Cup, Jason Pierre-Paul would be the best goalkeeper on the Giants.
- MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - I’ll go with Stephen Baker – he’s 6-8 and 342 pounds. He’d take up more of the goal mouth than any other player. Of course, I’m not sure he can move fast enough to play goalie.
- JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - Mathias Kiwanuka – give me the length for my goal keeper.
- DAN SALOMONE: Fact - Just turn on any highlight reel of the guy, and you’ll say “fact.” Not only does he have the frame -- he has close to 35-inch long arms -- he has the athleticism to explode, contort, and react to anything coming his way when healthy.
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