The New York Giants' 2013 training camp is coming to an end shortly and Week 1 is just around the corner.
While many players have secured a roster spot; some have not and with one more preseason game remaining against the Patriots; coach Coughlin needs to make a decision.
Over the last few days in camp, many players challenging for a spot are trying their best to convince coach Coughlin and the rest of the Giants' coaching staff that they are valuable enough to be added to the roster.
Here are some of the highlights over the past week or so:
Ryan Nassib had an up and down week as he overthrew a number of receivers early on in practice and then redeeming himself with a couple of crisp throws.
Johnathan Hankins and Marvin Austin have looked impressive this past week as they have both shown surprising pass-rushing ability.
Cullen Jenkins continues to be possibly the steal of free agency for the Giants. All through training camp, Jenkins has shown strength and quickness at the line of scrimmage.
Kyle Bosworth has done a fine job in all three preseason games on the defensive side. However; he will most likely make the 53-man roster on special teams where he has excelled both in games and during practice.
Charles James had himself and up and down week as he was beaten by Rueben Randle and once by David Wilson. James did break up a pass targeted for Hakeem Nicks to redeem himself. However, at this point for James, there is no margin for errors.
Aaron Ross started extremely well during the first couple of weeks in training camp. However' over the last couple of weeks, Ross has been struggling. In practice, he has been beaten several times on deep passes (once by Kevin Hardy and another by Rueben Randle) and has not looked sharp during the preseason games.
Aaron Curry has not looked too impressive at all during practices and preseason games. Against the Colts and Jets, Curry did not secure the corner and was faked out twice on mis-direction plays. Throughout practices, Curry has not shown enough to warrant a roster spot, which doesn’t mean he won’t get one.
Justin Tuck is quietly having a solid camp and more importantly, staying healthy. With the uncertainty of Jason Pierre-Paul’s return, a healthy and productive Tuck would go a very long way to the success of the Giants' defense.
Michael Cox is becoming a fan favorite of mine as he keeps on impressing everyone with his high level of play. Cox has already won a roster spot in my book and if the Giants decide not to keep him on board, it will be a mistake.
Taylor Cooper has been very unfortunate as he has missed a large portion of training camp. The Giants have high hopes for him, but he could be too far behind in the learning curve to warrant a roster spot for opening day. The Giants could decide to place him on IR for the entire year or place him on the practice squad, if he clears waivers.
The Giants waived/injured OT Chris DeGeare (ankle) and WR Keith Carlos (unknown) and their roster spot hasn’t been filled. Missing from practice were receiver Victor Cruz (heel), center David Baas (knee), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee/PUP), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee; but activated from active/PUP), safety Antrel Rolle (ankle), defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder), cornerback Corey Webster (groin), receiver Ramses Barden (knee), anddefensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back/PUP).