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New York Giants
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  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.'"

Team strength: Secondary.

The Giants revamped their secondary, placing a premium on top cornerbacks such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond during free agency. Head coach Tom Coughlin has already advised Rodgers-Cromartie that he'll be assigned to cover the opponents' No. 1 receiver. Thurmond, one of the top slot cornerbacks in the NFL, will take over that role from Terrell Thomas. The Giants also added cornerback Zack Bowman via free agency to complete a unit that also has Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride.

At safety, despite the circumstances that led to the team's release of Will Hill, their signing of free agent Quintin Demps to go along with the return of Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle should allow defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to run his three-safety set.

Breakout player: Wide receiver Odell Beckham.

Although he was limited during the spring because of a hamstring injury, receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. figures to become a frequent target of quarterback Eli Manning in the Giants' passing game.

The Giants have been lining up their receivers all over the place, so Beckham, who could also compete at punt returner, is expected to line up both on the inside and the outside for the offense.

Fantasy football reality check: Running back Rashad Jennings.

Jennings is entering his sixth year in the NFL, and had career-highs in carries and yards last season for the Raiders (163 carries for 733 yards). With the Giants, he's in line to be the starter and the unit's workhorse, which means he could potentially put up some nice numbers each week.

"He's definitely a bell cow type of a running back - he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it," general manager Jerry Reese told WFAN radio's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts.


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