Corey Webster: Initially Webster will battle Frank Walker for the nickel corner spot, but should prevail by the end of camp. The Giants believe their second-round pick will be ready for action almost immediately. Webster can cover inside or out, meaning he’ll give the defense flexibility when he’s on the field. Long-range, look for Webster to enter the starting lineup next season. For all the incorrect Will Allen rumors, it is difficult to envision him back in blue next season. A solid season likely prices him out of the Giants range. A sub-par or lousy year means Big Blue will let him walk, with Webster as his replacement.
Justin Tuck: Getting to play with and learn from Michael Strahan has to be a dream come true for Tuck. He worked at right defensive end in camp and will likely begin his career by backing up Osi Umenyiora on the right side. He’ll almost definitely see plenty of snaps at both end spots during the course of the season. As long as the starters stay healthy, his role will remain as the top DE reserve over players like Raheem Orr until Strahan hangs up the cleats. In the meantime, he certainly can make some hay when the two big guys need a rest. The Giants like his ability to both rush the passer and stop the run.
Brandon Jacobs: You can bet your bottom dollar that Jacobs will get the call on New York’s first third-and-short situation of the season. And the second. And the third. He’ll originally start off as the club’s short-yardage specialist, but will eventually become a key contributor, basically rendering Mike Cloud and Derrick Ward useless. The Giants want to be able to rest Tiki Barber more than they have in the past, and believe that Jacobs, a true halfback despite his enormous size, is the man to do the job. As good as Barber is in short-yardage and near the goal line, New York would rather see Jacobs take the beating while moving the sticks. Jacobs and team brass both say to watch for the 267-pounder’s breakaway speed as well.
Eric Moore: While probably a better offensive lineman than the Giants top pick out of Indiana in 1988 by the same name, this Eric Moore will start off his career as a pass-rush specialist. The Giants love his ability to get after the passer and his similar body type to third-round pick Justin Tuck. Moore joins Tuck as basically the club’s only depth at defensive end. Early in the year, if he takes more time to develop than expected, you might see Moore on the game-day inactive list. But it shouldn’t take long until he starts entering contests on third down and you begin to see number 93 hawking down signal-callers.