New York Giants Training Camp: Guard, Linebacker Among Position Battles

New York Giants Training Camp: Guard, Linebacker Among Position Battles
By Marcus Mosher
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Itโ€™s a new era of football for the New York Giants with Brian Daboll as the newest head coach.

That has excited fans, but the addition of talent from this offseason has created a lot of sleeper hype. But before we can get to the regular season, training camp must happen and the Giants have several key battles worth watching.

Here are what fans of the Giants are keeping tabs on and how New York sportsbooks assess the teamโ€™s latest odds to win the Super Bowl and potentially steal the NFC East.

With a new coach and new optimism, the Giants figure to be more popular this season in New York NFL betting.

Assessing Key Position Battles

EmpireStakes.com utilized Google Trends to find the Giantsโ€™ most-searched position groups over the past 30 days heading into training camp.

After those groups were established, EmpireStakes.com utilized Google Trends to find how much each player in that position group is being searched for the past week.

Giants Most Searched Position Battles

  • Guard
  • Linebacker
  • Wide Receiver

 

New York Search Rankings for Left Guards

  
๐Ÿˆ  Joshua Ezedu67%
๐Ÿˆ  Shane Lemieux33%

 

Breaking Down the Position Battles

After drafting Evan Neal with the No. 7 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the tackle spots are set for the Giants. But the guard spots are up for grabs. The expectation is that newly-signed veteran Mark Glowinski will fill the right guard job, while Shane Lemieux and Joshua Ezeudu will compete for the left guard spot. Ben Bredeson also could compete for a starting spot after playing eight games with the team last season. 

Another spot to keep an eye on is at linebacker. We know Blake Martinez will occupy one of the off-ball linebacker spots, but the other is up for grabs. Tae Crowder is the incumbent after starting 17 games last season, but the Giants spent two picks on linebackers during the 2022 NFL Draft. Micah McFadden and Darrian Beavers could compete for a starting spot, but don't rule out the possibility of the Giants signing a veteran if none of these three players shines in camp. 

There is also a lot of competition at receiver as the Giants picked Wanโ€™Dale Robinson in the second round of this year's draft. Can he and 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney play at the same time as they are both primarily slot receivers? We likely will find that out quickly in training camp and in the preseason as Daboll tries to get all of his top playmakers on the field simultaneously.

Giants Among Lowest Super Bowl Odds

Here is a look at the top 10 in Super Bowl odds at BetMGM NY and where the Giants fall in after.

                       
๐Ÿˆ 1. Buffalo Bills+600
๐Ÿˆ 2. Tampa Bay Bucs+750
๐Ÿˆ  3. KC Chiefs+900
๐Ÿˆ 4. LA Rams+1100
๐Ÿˆ  5. Green Bay Packers+1200
๐Ÿˆ  6. SF 49ers+1400
๐Ÿˆ  T7. Denver Broncos+1600
๐Ÿˆ T7. LA Chargers+1600
๐Ÿˆ  T7. Dallas Cowboys+1600
๐Ÿˆ  T10. Baltimore Ravens+2000
๐Ÿˆ  T10. Cincinnati Bengals+2000
๐Ÿˆ T24 New York Giants+12500

Despite the positive buzz surrounding the Giants this offseason, their odds of winning the Super Bowl are still relatively low on NY betting apps. At BetMGM, they are a +10000 long shot and thatโ€™s not surprising considering they are in Year 1 of a rebuild.

The Giantsโ€™ over-under win total sits at 7 with the over paying +105.

Even in their division, they are a distant fourth in odds at +700, behind the Dallas Cowboys (+135), the Philadelphia Eagles (+165) and the Washington Commanders (+500). The Giants should be a more competitive team this year, but this isnโ€™t a playoff contender quite yet. 

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More Giants to Watch in 2022

Going into the final year of his rookie contract, all eyes will be on Saquon Barkley during training camp. Barkley has rushed for just 627 yards over the last two seasons and his yards per carry have dropped to just 3.5 during that span. How healthy is Barkley and how will the Giants utilize him in the passing game? Those are questions that need to be answered early in training camp.

There is also a battle at tight end that will take place in training camp as Evan Engram left in free agency for Jacksonville. The expectation is that fourth-round rookie Daniel Bellinger could earn the starting job by Week 1, but he will open camp on the PUP list. If Bellinger cannot practice much in camp, veteran Ricky Seals-Jones could ultimately win that job. The former Texas A&M star hasnโ€™t produced much over the last few years as heโ€™s now on his fifth team in as many seasons.

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Marcus Mosher
Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for EmpireStakes.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.
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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for EmpireStakes.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.
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