Camp Tip Sheet: Storylines and Pressure Is On

Here follows TGI's ultimate primer for training camp '09 as the Giants look to reach the top of the NFL mountain once again. This is installment three, looking at some story lines to watch out for and who is under pressure.

Camp Tip Sheet: Storylines

Running to daylight – Bruising Brandon Jacobs is back, but his partner in crime – Derrick Ward – is now toiling in Tampa. The Giants believe they have several players capable of replacing Ward, the chief among them Ahmad Bradshaw. If you listen to the coaching staff the sky is also the limit on the potential of Danny Ware. And the selection of Andre Brown in the fourth round only served to stockpile another standout rusher to complement Jacobs. How the depth chart settles throughout the month of August will certainly be worth watching.

Cornering the young guns – No, Sam Madison and R.W. McQuarters didn't play a whole heck of a lot in the defensive backfield last season. But their knowledge was certainly very valuable to the younger CBs. This year the young guns are going to have to go it on their own. Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, who both have had their fair share of ups and downs during their brief careers, will assume the veteran leadership of the CBs. Behind them are another pair of youthful corners – Kevin Dockery and Terrell Thomas. The combined experience of the aforementioned quartet is 10 years; Madison played 12 years in the league, McQuarters 11.

The new house – While the continued construction of the new stadium will have no impact whatsoever on this year's team it sure does bear watching. The massive structure shows all signs of being fully ready for the start of next season. The team has already moved its operations to the new practice facility, the Timex Performance Center, which houses a 100-yard indoor practice field, as well as an enormous locker room, weight room, and dining hall. The excitement for the new stadium will continue to build throughout this season, right up until the final home game at Giants Stadium, which will certainly be a very hot ticket.

Camp Tip Sheet: The Pressure is On Antonio Pierce – First and foremost, one of New York's most important defensive players will need to have a huge rebound season. Both Pierce and the Giants expect big things from the former Pro Bowl middle backer. He definitely needs to deliver this season.

Fred Robbins/Barry Cofield – The starting duo of the last couple seasons must be feeling some serious heat on their necks. The Giants signed two starting caliber DTs in Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard and you had better believe that Robbins and Cofield, both coming off knee surgeries, will need to step up their level of production in order to keep not only their starting spots, but their roster spots as well.

Ahmad Bradshaw – As mentioned in the "Storylines" section, Danny Ware and Andre Brown are loaded for bear – and fully planning on taking as many of the reserve carries away from Bradshaw as possible. According to a couple teammates, this wasn't exactly the strongest offseason for Bradshaw, who will have to fight, scratch and claw to maintain his number two status.