Joseph key to DL mix

In the coming weeks, leading up to training camp, TGI will take a closer look at some of the key positions on New York's roster and how we think they're going to play out.

Obviously New York's ends are set with starters Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora established, and draft picks Justin Tuck and Eric Moore providing depth. Also, hybrid backer/lineman Reggie Torbor is expected to get plenty of reps as well.

However, it's at the tackle spot that Big Blue must be worried, whether they'll admit it or not. Having jettisoned an unhappy Norman Hand, Fred Robbins is the lone dependable DT on the roster. As of now, former top pick William Joseph is expected to start at the other tackle slot. However, it's impossible for anyone to be all that confident in what Joseph can do over the course of a full season.

While his teammates love his potential, the coaches, media and fans alike have yet to see enough out of Joseph to inspire confidence.

That very well may open the door for offseason signee Kendrick Clancy, whose ability to play nose tackle in a 3-4 alignment adds to his value. Both Tom Coughlin and Tim Lewis have spoken fondly of Clancy since his arrival this spring, and our money's on the newcomer starting opposite Robbins opening day.

That would leave Joseph in a DT rotation that includes Davern Williams, Kenderick Allen and Damane Duckett.

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