As we do every week, you tagged your New York Giants questions with #nygmail on Twitter and I endeavor to answer them here. I hope to do a good job.
What can we expect from Odell Beckham Jr? The types of routes he'll run; slot positioning; number of snaps; & pass-catching ability #nygmail - Pierre Tiffith (@randall1014) October 2, 2014@DanGrazianoESPN: Assuming this is the week that first-round wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes his NFL debut following a summer's worth of hamstring problems, my expectation is something in the range of 15 to 25 snaps. That's nothing more than an educated guess, based on the fact he barely has racticed at the NFL level and likely needs more work to refine his shorter routes. I think he catches the ball very well, from what we've seen. And I don't expect he'll operate out of the slot, which is Victor Cruz domain. The Giants drafted Beckham to be an outside threat, and if he's on a limited snap count, my guess is they'll use him outside to try to stretch the field and open things up underneath for Cruz, Rueben Randle and unstoppable tight end Larry Donnell. As he grows into his role, it's possible they could move Beckham around the formation and do different things with him. But the way the offense is going right now, it makes sense to ease him in and keep things simple for him at the start. He'll also eventually be in the mix as a punt returner, though it sounds as though they won't put that on his plate right away.
@DanGrazianoESPN do the Giants have cap room to consider Suh this offseason? #nygmail - Christopher Ryan (@chrisryan1300) October 3, 2014@DanGrazianoESPN: A fun and worthwhile question in the wake of Adam Schefter's recent report that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is not planning to re-sign in Detroit and would like to play in New York. My first thought is no, especially considering the fact they'll have to extend quarterback Eli Manning contract next offseason and they're hoping to sign defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a big free-agent deal as well. They have some money coming off the books if they let safety Antrel Rolle leave, but I'm not sure they want to do that. They retain heavy 2015 cap commitments to Manning ($19.75 million), Cruz ($8.125 million), Will Beatty ($8.05 million), Jon Beason ($7.17 million), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ($7.25 million) and likely will want to bring back Prince Amukamara ($7 million at their option and/or Walter Thurmond. I don't see the Giants as one of the teams likely to have the cap room to sign Suh, especially since defensive tackle has not been a position on which they've shown a willingness to spend big money. (See: Joseph, Linval).
@DanGrazianoESPN: My personal belief is that the Giants are loving all of the media attention that tight end Larry Donnell is getting, because their dream scenario is that teams start devoting more coverage to him and leave Cruz and Randle open to get the ball in their hands and make plays after the catch. What Donnell has delivered so far is incredible, and a testament to a coaching staff that knows how to get the most out of its personnel. But the ideal formula for this offense is getting the ball in the hands of its playmakers and letting them make moves and run. As long as teams aren't prioritizing Donnell in overage, I imagine they'll keep throwing him the ball high and letting him go up and get it. But if teams do start paying more attention to Donnell, I think the Giants would love a chance to take advantage of the coverage gaps that show up elsewhere as a result. @DanGrazianoESPN: That's a good question. I was talking to Geoff Schwartz a little bit about that the other day. He's got a toe injury and is on short-term IR, can't come back until Week 9. But he's not sweating it. He'd obviously love to play, but he said he's enjoying watching the way Weston Richburg is playing left guard and the way the offensive line group has come together. It's unfortunate that this is a fact, but these things do have ways of working themselves out. By the time Schwartz is ready, there's a chance a spot will have opened up on that line due to injury. And if not, that's what you call the old proverbial "good problem to have." I doubt the Giants would rock the boat if the whole offensive line is healthy and playing this well in Week 9. But a lot can happen between now and then. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday.
What does emergence of Donnell mean for the WRs? Will teams creep a safety down in coverage leaving more 1on1s on the outside? #nygmail— Taylor Kazlauskas (@TKaz21) October 3, 2014