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New York Giants
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  Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said over the offseason that he's in the best shape of his life, and defensive line coach Robert Nunn has been impressed with what he has seen from JPP.

"I don't see any limitations," Nunn said. "I don't know about what percentage he's at that's hard for me to calculate. But I see nothing that shows any kind of limitations. He really came in in good shape, good condition, good frame of mind, and is off to a really good start."

Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka have been thrust into leadership roles following the departure of Justin Tuck, the venerable veteran who signed with the Oakland Raiders.

"There was (a void) when we lost Osi (Umenyiora last offseason)," Nunn said. "When we lose those guys, you hate it, but that's part of the business and you just have to move on and other people take those roles. We have a healthy situation in the room. Now all we have to do is get out there and perform."

With the retirement of guard Chris Snee, his replacement could be Brandon Mosley, who took all of the reps at right guard during Snee's absence.

Mosley, who is entering his third season, has twice landed on injured reserve. He missed his entire rookie year in 2012; last year, he suffered a broken hand in Week 16 against Detroit after playing just a few snaps.

With his injury woes hopefully behind him, Mosley looks noticeably bigger this year and has improved daily, according to Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.

"Last year was really his first year and he was progressing very well and then when he had the opportunity to really take the bull by the horn again Detroit he went against a good football player and was really battling pretty good and then he broke his hand and it started all over for him again," Flaherty said.

"The one thing this spring showed for him and showed for us is that he got a lot of reps and didn't miss any time. That's a step in the right direction for him."

Giants running back David Wilson, who was awaiting the results of a CT scan taken on his surgically repaired neck, wrote on Twitter Monday that he is "cleared for everything."

If so, Wilson can join the team Tuesday for the first day of training camp.

Wilson injured his neck last Oct. 6 in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and missed the rest of the season. He had surgery and participated in some of the team's offseason program in May and June.

In June, Wilson said he had an exam scheduled for July 21. Monday's tweet assumes he received positive results of the exam.

Wilson will compete against free-agent signee Rashad Jennings, rookie fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams and returning veterans Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox for playing time.

The Giants drafted Wilson in the first round in 2012. He had 71 carries for 358 yards with four touchdowns in 16 games his rookie season.

In 2013, Wilson had 44 carries for 146 yards with a touchdown before the injury.

Several onlookers from the media were somewhat surprised to see rookie center Weston Richburg taking snaps at guard this spring.

According to offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, there's a very good reason why Richburg, widely regarded as the Giants' future starting center, was getting some work in at a position that he might not play much of in his career.

"You know the main reason?" Flaherty asked reporters. "I don't like them standing around. How are they going to do good standing beside me? You've got to get in there and play, especially when you're young.

"You have a lot of energy, you're young just like everybody before me. You've got a lot of energy to do that so use your energy. It's only going to make you better. He's learning the position, not only at center, he's learning at guard and he's progressing."

Although he won't necessarily be lining up against the opponent's top receiver on a weekly basis that role has already been designated to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that doesn't mean that the Giants have soured any on cornerback Prince Amukamara.

In fact, Giants cornerbacks coach Peter Giunta said that Amukamara has shown significant growth in what was his third season last year.

"Last year, his durability was (the) No. 1 (reason for progress). He was able to play all 16 games for us, and the only time he missed was when he got dinged a little bit in the opening game against Dallas," Giunta said.

"He improved, he understands well, he communicates well, (and) his instincts, his awareness are really developing. You can really see it in camp he's on top of all of the stuff. Now he's starting to gamble a bit and take some chances, which you like to see because you're taking calculated guesses and risking, 'Hey, I'm going to go make a play.'"


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