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Mailbag, 7/2: Will Brett Jones make the 53-man roster?

Fourth of July weekend mailbag

Post Offices Brace For Busiest Mailing Day Of The Year Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone! Stay safe while you celebrate. Here is a weekend Big Blue View mailbag to occupy a bit of your down time.

Ed says: In my post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, I left former Canadian Football League center Brett Jones off the team. That could easily change once training camp and the preseason start, but that prediction was based on the appearance that Shane McDermott was being used ahead of Jones during the spring.

There is a huge difference in talent level and playing style from the CFL to the NFL. Jones admitted as much last year, and acknowledged the adjustment he had to make. Weston Richburg is, of course, entrenched at center. Jones is going to have to show that he has made the adjustment, and that he is versatile enough to handle some guard reps, to make the team.

Ed says: This question keeps coming up, and it is obviously a sore point in the fan base. Fact is, the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers to be a left tackle and they want to give him every opportunity to become the left tackle they believe he can be.

Reality is, rookies thrown into the left tackle spot almost always struggle. It’s unfair to judge whether or not Flowers can be a good one based on his rookie season. The Giants still could move Flowers to the right side, but as I have said before if they believe he can be a long-term left tackle that seems counter-productive.

The current apple of everyone’s eye is Eugene Monroe. Are you 100 percent certain that, after missing much of the last two years with injuries, he is better than Flowers? I’m not. The Giants are going to have to be convinced they have an obvious upgrade before they move Flowers.

Ed says: We don’t know yet for certain. It looks like Rashad Jennings will begin as No. 1, the same way he finished last year. Will it stay that way? We’ll see. Orleans Darkwa missed the spring with an injury and rookie Paul Perkins missed most of it because of league rules. This is one of those questions that isn’t going to have an answer until the Giants get on the field and we see what they do.