Let's open our first post-Jason Pierre-Paul finger fiasco Big Blue View mailbag and see what comes spilling out.
@bigblueview can you see Brett Jones being moved to guard and have either Pugh or Schwartz play RT?— Mike Gray (@mgray320) July 10, 2015
Ed says: Thanks for the question, Mike. We have talked about Jones before and my honest expectation is that guard could be the spot where he fits with the Giants -- eventually. As I have said before, I just don't see how the Giants can count on the 23-year-old Jones as a major contributor in 2015. He is talented, but he is transitioning from the CFL to the NFL. That means learning a whole new set of rules, adjusting to an entirely different style of play, having to learn new blocking techniques and having to learn to handle defensive linemen bigger, stronger and faster than the ones he handled in the CFL.
The Giants did give Jones some reps at guard with the reserve groups during minicamp. If Weston Richburg settles in as the long-term answer at center, Jones could end up playing alongside him at guard. I just wouldn't expect to see that this year, unless injuries strike and force Jones onto the field.
As for Pugh or Schwartz at right tackle, I think there's a chance Pugh moves back there but I would be very surprised if the Giants put Schwartz there. It isn't his best spot. Pugh at right tackle and either Brandon Mosley or John Jerry sliding into a guard spot could be an option. Let's see how it plays out.
@bigblueview given his versatility, is there a chance, maybe next season, nyg let hyno walk and have lacosse play fb/te & save roster spot?— Mike Scheeler (@mikescheeler) July 10, 2015
Ed says: Thanks for the question, Mike, but I think you need to slow down just a little bit here. You are getting way, way ahead of yourself here. Dump one of the league's best fullbacks for a guy who is an undrafted free agent and, as of today, would be the No. 5 tight end on the roster? That's not happening.
I like Matt Lacosse. I think he has potential and he could do a lot of things. I have talked to him and he seems like a nice kid who works hard and wants to do well. He faces a huge uphill battle to make the roster, though.
As for Hynoski, why are so many Giants fans always in a rush to get of him? Is the Hynocerous extinct? I know that fewer and fewer teams use the true fullback now, but the Giants under Tom Coughlin have always been one of the holdouts. The Green Bay Packers, where offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo cut his NFL teeth, still use a fullback. The Giants ran the ball better last season with Hynoski in the game than without him.
There is absolutely no reason to think the Giants will go into 2015 without a true fullback on the roster.
@bigblueview Which second/third year players do you anticipate having a great year or at least being a strong contributor?— Bill W. (@ResponsiBill) July 10, 2015
Ed says: Among the second-year guys I truly believe linebacker Devon Kennard needs to become an every-down contributor on the defense, and I think Nat Berhe has a chance to become a solid contributor at safety. Among third-year guys, for me it's all about defensive end Damontre Moore. Even if Jason Pierre-Paul is on the active roster during the early part of the season, I can't imagine him playing ton of snaps or being incredible effective during the early stages of the season. It's time for Moore to step up and be the player the Giants need him to be. They can't wait any longer.