Great Expectations

Who will Coughlin's 'golden boys' be this season?

Who out-shined who at camp and who are the expected standouts for the upcoming season? Insider predicts those Giants that truly are on the rise.

Jesse Palmer - Whether his rise is enough to keep him on the team remains to be seen. We can tell you that Coughlin has been impressed with his performance during the offseason. You could make a case that he should be the backup while Manning is groomed.

Antwoine Womack - He's been basically sidelined since a productive career at Virginia, but Womack has shown some signs that have folks around Giants Stadium cautiously optimistic about his potential. A good camp means a roster spot for Womack.

James McKnight - The Giants saw first-hand how quick and fast McKnight was last year when he burned them on a big play for the Dolphins. While the starting receivers are set, there is plenty of room for jockeying behind Amani Toomer and Hilliard. McKnight just might have the big-play ability to make his mark.

Reggie Torbor - So often the Giants have talked about using a pass rush specialist in the past few years and so often the plans have fallen through. Not so fast this year. The coaches love Torbor and believe his instincts will have him on the field early and often this coming season. A strong preseason will only solidify that.

Chris Snee - Forget all the jokes about being Coughlin's son-in-law. The Giants truly believe this kid can play right away. Don't be surprised at all if Snee is in the opening day starting lineup in place of the injured Rich Seubert.

Visanthe Shiancoe - With Jeremy Shockey missing most of the later minicamp practices, Shiancoe received a good opportunity to impress and it appears like he has. A true receiving threat, Shank has become a project of Mike Pope, who is trying to turn him into an all-around tight end.

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