Giant answers to pressing questions

Want to know what's really going on regarding some of the Giants' key off-season topics? We don't blame you. Read on. </P>

We'll start with QB Kerry Collins. He said that he thinks there's a "50-50 chance" that the Giants will re-sign him before the season starts. While that figure may be a little high, we can tell you that Collins will definitely not receive a long-term extension. Should the Giants redo Collins' pact, it would only be a one- or two-year extension. If so, New York would not receive the immediate salary cap relief that a longer deal would bring.

WR Ike Hilliard will not be re-signed before the year, despite his constant requests to be rewarded like Amani Toomer has been. However, it's not definite that Hilliard will be playing his final year in New York. He's very close to Collins and enjoys the chemistry the two share on the field. Should Collins remain in the Big Apple, Hilliard may look to do the same. But the Giants will make the ultimate decision and could even let Hilliard go before this season, if they're confident enough that someone else on the roster could take his starting spot alongside Toomer.

As a result, it appears that there will only be one WR roster spot left between former draft choices Ron Dixon and Jonathan Carter. Unless injuries impact the coaches' final decisions at the end of camp, one of those two speedsters will be ex-Giants by the end of August.

TE Dan Campbell may not be released after all. Some in the organization believe he's expendable, especially after the club selected Jeremy Shockey in the first round. But the coaching staff is high on Campbell and actually currently lists him as their backup fullback and solid insurance in case rookie free agent FB Charles Stackhouse doesn't pan out.

Chris Bober will be in the Giants starting offensive line. If he doesn't succeed at left tackle, the Giants will move Luke Petitgout to the left side and slide Bober in at right tackle. That's not good news for Mike Rosenthal, who will be the first backup at most OL spots, but will not be given a legitimate chance to join the starting five, barring injuries.


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