The New York Giants open training camp on July 31 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Here's a closer look at the Giants' camp, which wraps up on Aug. 27.
Top storyline: At this point, the status of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul trumps all other storylines. Mystery has surrounded Pierre-Paul's condition and outlook since the July 4 fireworks accident that cost him his right index finger, and the Giants are eager to find out when they might see him on the field, when he might be able to play in games, and what kind of player he's going to be going forward. Prior to the Pierre-Paul injury, this category could have been the left tackle situation, with rookie Ereck Flowers trying to replace an injured Will Beatty, or the safety situation, with rookie strong safety Landon Collins learning the defense and the Giants still looking for someone to step forward and claim the starting free safety role. Or it might have been the health of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who's trying to come back from a torn patellar tendon. But the quest for information on Pierre-Paul will dominate the early part of camp, and maybe the bulk of it.
Position battles to watch: The competition among Collins, Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor, Jeromy Miles and Mykkele Thompson for starting safety spots is one to watch. So is the competition among George Selvie, Robert Ayers, Cullen Jenkins, Kerry Wynn, Jordan Stanton and Owamagbe Odighizuwa for starting defensive end spots. Markus Kuhn, Jenkins and Kenrick Ellis are in the mix to start at defensive tackle alongside Johnathan Hankins. John Jerry's still a possible factor at right guard if Geoff Schwartz can't get healthy. Brandon Mosley could get into the mix at right tackle if the team isn't happy with Marshall Newhouse. And there will be a battle for wide receiver spots, especially if Cruz's recovery goes slowly and a starting slot receiver spot is open. Dwayne Harris, Preston Parker and others are in the mix there.
Veterans to watch: Cruz is worth watching for obvious reasons, but it's also worth watching to see what fourth-year receiver Rueben Randle can do as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. Randle had some issues with Giants coaches last season, and a lot of eyes will be on him to measure how much he's grown from those experiences. Cornerback Prince Amukamara also is headed into the final year of his contract and must stay healthy and play as well as he did before last year's injury if he wants to convince the Giants to keep him around long-term. Running back Rashad Jennings is hoping to hold on to his role as the early-down workhorse with second-year back Andre Williams and free-agent acquisition Shane Vereen now in the mix. And middle linebacker Jon Beason needs to get through camp healthy as a captain of a shaky-looking defense.
Rookies to watch: If the Giants run Flowers out there as the starting left tackle as they did in the spring, he's the top rookie to watch as Eli Manning's blindside protector. Collins is likely to start at one of the safety spots, so his development is worth watching. Can fifth-rounder Thompson claim the other starting spot? Can third-rounder Odighizuwa muscle his way into the defensive end mix? The Giants will look for a lot of rookie contributions this season.
Bubble watch: If Beason is healthy, one wonders whether there will be room on the 53-man roster for veteran linebacker Jameel McClain. This is likely the last chance for disappointing midround draft picks Adrien Robinson and Jayron Hosley to show something at tight end and cornerback, respectively. And 2014 preseason star Corey Washington has an uphill battle to make the team at wide receiver if Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. are both healthy. It's a crowded field at that position.
Health matters: More than anything else, the Giants need to get through this camp healthy. They lost Beatty in May to a bench press gone bad. They lost Pierre-Paul in July to fireworks. Beckham missed minicamp with a hamstring injury; starting tight end Larry Donnell missed it with an Achilles injury. The Giants' roster isn't deep enough to weather injuries, and no roster is deep enough to weather a rash of injuries to starters. The Giants need to hope that their bad injury news for the offseason has all already happened, and that they get through August without another injury gut punch.
For daily updates at camp, check out the New York Giants clubhouse page.