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Mailbag: Cornerback Depth, Secret Superstar, More

Let’s answer some questions

NFL: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
Brad Wing
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Let’s open up the Big Blue View mailbag this morning and see what New York Giants questions you have as we wait for training camp to arrive.

Ed says: The question comes up because it’s not about Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple. It is about the guys behind them. Three corners are on the field a lot now in the NFL. Guys get hurt. Jenkins, DRC and Apple all missed games last season. The question is about what happens when one or more of those guys can’t play. Do you trust Valentino Blake, a guy who was graded as maybe the worst corner in football when he played full time in 2015? Can the Giants rely on unproven players like Michael Hunter or Donte Deayon? The Giants like them — and I do, too — but they don’t have a track record.

Ed says: I don’t know who will score more TDs. I will say this — I think that with his size, strength and experience Brandon Marshall will really help the Giants in the red zone. Sterling Shepard and Marshall will help each other. I think, though, that we have to see how much Marshall still has in the tank. We also need to see if the presence of Evan Engram impacts how the Giants use Shepard.

Ed says: I actually don’t think Andrew Adams is a bad choice for “Secret Superstar.” An undrafted rookie safety who came off the practice squad, started 13 games and played better than anyone could have expected? I’ll take that. The weird part is, of course, that if Darian Thompson regains his pre-injury form Adams will be back on the bench.

If I was to pick someone else? I might actually go to special teams and take punter Brad Wing. His 40.9 net yards per punt average was top 10 in the league. He’s excellent at pinning teams inside their own 20-yard line when given a chance and, while he’s not Jeff Feagles, he’s pretty good at keeping the ball outside the numbers to help the punt coverage.

Ed says: I think they probably keep four, including Engram. The rookie first-round pick is a tight end, but I think you will rarely see him inline. The Giants will move him around. Split him out, put him in the slot, line him up off the line or in bunch formations, etc. They could keep five, but they’d have to sacrifice elsewhere to do that. There are a lot of questions here. Can Matt LaCosse finally stay healthy? How bad is the calf injury Rhett Ellison has been dealing with? Would they cut last year’s starter, Will Tye? Would they dare try to squeeze Jerell Adams to the practice squad? This is what competition is all about, and it will be one of the most interesting things to watch in the preseason.

Ed says: We have discussed this a few times, most recently in our latest “Summer School” post. It would be a good thing if the Giants could take some of the workload off Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. You have to believe that a little bit more rest would be beneficial to both guys. That said, it’s up to some combination of Romeo Okwara, Kerry Wynn, Devin Taylor and Avery Moss (I’m not counting on Owamagbe Odighizuwa) to prove to Steve Spagnuolo that they deserve to be on the field more often.