The NFL season is drawing near with OTAs and minicamps well underway. There’s still much through before the excitement can begin, but that hasn’t curbed fans’ enthusiasm for the 2014 season.
Here are this week’s questions for our weekly mailbag!
Who can the Giants turn to man the middle linebacker spot while Jon Beason recovers from his injury?
– Anthony (Staten Island, NY)
Well, it appears as it will be Jameel McClain early, but I don’t know if the Giants will stick with that throughout the summer. McClain was expected to contend for the starting strongside backer spot opposite Spencer Paysinger/Jacquian Williams, and I think the Giants would like to have him put in some reps there. They simply don’t feel up to the task of handing the reins of middle linebacker over to rookie Devon Kennard immediately.
Make no mistake about it though, it’s my belief that by the time training camp rolls around next month Kennard will be featured in the middle with Paysinger and McClain on the outside. He has the talent, the intelligence and the drive to take on the task and can gain valuable experience starting a couple preseason games until Beason is able to return.
What happens if Chris Snee cannot overcome his injuries and get on the field?
– Derrick (Nazareth, PA)
If Snee can’t get on the field, it could be a problem for the Giants. They added a lot of talent and depth to the offensive line, but losing Snee would be a devastating blow to what could otherwise be a spectacular offensive line.
In his place, the Giants have Brandon Mosley as the first-team guard at the moment. The 2012 fourth-rounder has been coming along slowly, but I liked his potential coming out of Auburn. Mosley started in place of Snee during the preseason last year and also started in the Giants’ Week 16 matchup against the Detroit Lions.
You can expect John Jerry, James Brewer and Eric Herman to also see some reps in place of Snee. Jerry may be Mosley’s greatest competition as Snee’s fill-in/backup, with five years of NFL experience under his belt. Jerry started 45 games for the Miami Dolphins after being taken in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss.
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