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by Adam Nardelli
Welcome to the NY Giants Rush mailbag, a weekly forum where Giants diehards can pose questions and topics they want to discuss in a deeper manner. Questions about the previous game, the upcoming opponent, the draft (unfortunately discussing this in October), or anything Giants related is welcome.
- Michael Florentino @diaglogue6969 asks: Will undrafted rookie offensive lineman Chad Wheeler ever play left tackle and move Ereck Flowers to right tackle?
I wouldn’t expect this to happen anytime in the near future. The only reasonable way we could see Wheeler at left tackle this year is a result of significant injuries on the line. If the Giants are in a pinch, moving Justin Pugh to left tackle would probably make more sense than Wheeler.
The rookie out of USC has very limited game action and it’s hard to believe he’ll come in and make a huge impact at the most difficult position on the offensive line. Wheeler will have to show incredible improvement in the offseason for the Giants to go into 2018 with Wheeler as their left tackle. They like his potential, but I’m not sure going into Eli Manning’s age 37 season (assuming Eli will be the QB) with an undrafted tackle as his blindside protector is the right move.
- Big Steve @Stevie_oneduhh asks: Will Roger Lewis Jr. be the starting outside receiver opposite Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018?
Let’s start by saying I would be shocked if Brandon Marshall is back in a Giants uniform. The Giants can save about $5.5 million in cap space if he’s cut. With his very disappointing five games as a Giant, combined with the fact he’ll be 34 years old coming off surgery, it’s hard to imagine the Giants bring him back.
As for Roger Lewis, obviously it’s hard to say if he’ll be the starting outside receiver opposite Odell in 2018, especially since he has shown no ability to separate. He has some potential, but he hasn’t marked his name on the #2 receiver job either. Lewis has played over 50% of the offensive snaps this season, but only has ten catches for 129 yards and a touchdown to show for it. Still, Lewis will have plenty of opportunities over the next nine games to show the Giants he can be relied upon. By the end of the season the Giants front office should know if Lewis will be a major part of their future plans offensively.
- Steven Hau @stevenhau7 asks: Will DRC’s suspension affect the chemistry in the locker room going forward?
Well, a shocking road win in Denver sure helped to calm any issues that were present in the locker room. Winning is generally the best formula to cure poor morale within an organization. Seattle was another story. At this point, DRC’s suspension seems like a dead issue, mostly because DRC himself has put it to bed. He admitted he was dramatic and took things too far when he had an outburst towards the end of the Chargers game. He also mentioned things are good between him and Ben McAdoo, indicating that this shouldn’t be a lasting issue. On a less serious note, Eli Apple tweeted that DRC came back to the team with a crazy vocabulary, so his comical antics seem to be alive and well in the locker room.
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