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Giants news, 6/28: Assessing Andre Williams’ future, more headlines

Let’s look at your Tuesday morning Giants headlines

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Andre Williams during spring practices
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Good morning, New York Giants fans! With one month to go before the Giants report for training camp, let’s check the headlines and see what Giants-related topics are being discussed.

Andre Williams on the roster bubble?

Running back Andre Williams has, for the most part, been a disappointment since the Giants drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. With rookie fifth-round pick Paul Perkins now in the fold, Williams’ roster spot could be in jeopardy despite the coaching staff consistently saying throughout the spring that it is too early to give up on him. From the New York Post:

Williams was a zero in his second NFL season and enters a prove-it season. ... As a draft pick, Perkins has an inside track to make the team, meaning Williams and [Orleans] Darkwa are on the hot seat, likely competing for one spot. Williams was a fourth-round pick in 2014, but time is running out on him unless he shows something.

Eli a Charger? Revisiting why he isn’t

The draft day 2004 trade that brought Eli Manning to the Giants changed the franchise. CBS Sports looks back on why the deal happened:

"It was a decision that Eli and Tom Condon kind of made, but Eli ultimately pulled the trigger on that and that's what he, doing his due diligence, decided to do," Archie Manning said. "I can't say it was pleasant from our end. Most people thought I orchestrated it, but I didn't. I don't tell my kids what to do or make their decisions."

In Archie's version of the story, Eli came to him for advice, but never asked him directly what he should do.

"It's a tough deal. It's hard. That was the only thing I told Eli when he told me he was going to do that," Archie said. "Think about it hard. If that's your conviction and what you want to do, then that's fine, and that's what he did."

Giants “most likely” spot for Eugene Monroe

Free agent offensive tackle Eugene Monroe appears to be taking his time, assessing the market, looking for his best opportunity. As he should. The Giants tried to trade for Monroe before the Baltimore Ravens released him, and he reportedly rejected an offer to play right tackle for the Giants.’s Conor Orr believes that in the end Monroe “most likely” winds up with the Giants, anyway:

While he is not necessarily a top-tier left tackle option, he is well above replacement level and has been cleared for on-field work. The Giants seem to be the most likely destination at the moment, but there are no shortage of teams who might want to upgrade to a tackle who has been -- at times -- an above-replacement level player. The San Francisco 49ers are also a team to watch.

Rating NFC East defensive backs

Today’s Pigskin believes that the Giants, with five of the top 14 players, have the second-best group of defensive backs in the NFC East behind the Washington Redskins.