Giants GM Jerry Reese says to keep an eye on these three players
The New York Giants held a Town Hall for season ticket holders at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday night. Quarterback Eli Manning stole the show with his humor, but general manager Jerry Reese's comments were not lost in the laughter. Reese was asked to pinpoint three players to keep an eye on in training camp this summer, and he singled out linebacker Devon Kennard, defensive tackle Jay Bromley and wide receiver Corey Washington.
Kennard finished as Pro Football Focus' 14th-best 4-3 outside linebacker overall during his rookie season in 2014. Kennard was a reserve linebacker for the majority of the season before coming on strong in the second half of the season. He finished with five sacks, four quarterback hurries, and a batted pass on snaps where he rushed the passer. In the run game, Kennard had 35 solo defensive tackles and only missed one tackle all season. Reese is not the first person to single out Kennard this offseason. Teammate Jon Beason spoke glowingly about Kennard's potential going forward. He is set to enter training camp as the team's starting WILL linebacker.
Bromley is entering his second season in the NFL, and he admitted earlier this offseason that he was a bit overwhelmed during his rookie season. He worked hard this offseason to add the strength needed to prove to coaches that he can hold his own as a run defender. The Giants didn't do much to upgrade defensive tackle in free agency or the draft, and Bromley has a good shot to earn a significant boost in playing time in 2015. The Giants have a strong track record of producing productive defensive tackles.
Washington took the NFL preseason by storm last August, but he never found many offensive snaps in the regular season. Mental errors and poor special teams play held him back. Washington is once again making noise in OTAs this offseason. Washington has earned praise from both Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin this offseason. During training camp, he could find a role in red zone packages and eventually move all the way up to No. 4 on the depth chart at wide receiver.
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