And so the Battles Begin

It's reporting eve up in Albany as the Giants players enjoy their last day off before having to report to training camp on Friday.

The Giant Insider continues its series on key camp battles to watch with the DT situation. We all know the starting tandem of Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield was surprisingly effective during the first half or even two-thirds of last season. But we also know that the tandem broke down in a big way – especially Cofield – toward the end of the season. That's why it's imperative that New York receive some other type of solid DT play from at least one of its reserve DTs.

The trio battling for extra playing time off the bench includes Jonas Seawright, off-season signee Marcus Bell and third-round pick Jay Alford. This will be quite an interesting battle to watch because while it's not exactly the sexiest competition for playing time, you could ask Antonio Pierce – or any of the second and third tier defenders, for that matter – and they'll tell you how important strong DT play is.

Seawright's experience in New York is a plus, while Bell boasts excellent anchor size (325 pounds). Alford's probably the most talented of the trio, but he's going to need to get his feet wet before you'll be able to count on much production from the Penn State rookie. Oh, by the way, we didn't forget former first-round pick William Joseph, who's also been taking snaps at DE this off-season; we just don't expect him to make the club this year.

In the next few days, TGI will take a closer look at some of the key camp positional battles that are expected to unfold in the next few weeks.

The Giants Beat Top Stories