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The OTA Report is a new series breaking down some of the key battles, performances and injuries that have occurred during organised team activities.
Previous OTA Reports: AFC North
Today we have the NFC East, read on!
While Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall will most likely be the starters at cornerback, Wilson could feel some pressure from rookie David Amerson and second-year veteran Richard Crawford. Free agent pickup E.J. Biggers looks to also compete as a nickle corner.
At safety there's an even bigger competition as Tanard Jackson returns from suspension along with Brandon Meriweather and Jordan Bernstine from injury. Those veterans, as well as rookies Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas are all competing for a starting spot.
Thomas in particular was reported to have been stepping up over the last week as a free safety, while Richard Crawford has also been showing flashes at corner.
New York Giants
The starting sport for middle linebacker is completely open, with the two major competitors being Mark Herzlich and Dan Connor.
Conner appears to be solid against the run, as is Herzlich. Herzlich has been developing steadily after being drafted in 2011 but was hurt, giving up his spot for Chase Blackburn (now with Panthers).
He has an advantage over Conner, given his experience with the scheme and has been receiving the reps with the starters, but look out for undrafted free agent Jake Muassau, who spent 2012 on the training squad, to be a sneaky contender.
With the change in defensive coordinator comes fresh ideas for the defensive line, including both end and tackle. Questions have been asked whether the established veterans can be effective in the new scheme.
DT Jay Ratliff, generally considered a lock, may have to win his job thanks to his injury history. At tackle there's also Jason Hatcher and Sean Lissemore.
Lissemore in particular should be the one most worried about job security, and should be wary of Ben Bass and Brian Price, each will be contending for his spot.
Arguably the best quarterback competition in the league right now, all three candidates have made strides in camp.
Michael Vick has made it clear he still has his quickness, however recent reports suggest it's Nick Foles who has been getting the majority of the reps.
In fact, numerous reports claim that Foles has been out-performing Vick, earning those extra reps. Both have been training with the first team. It's clear that the job isin't Vick's to lose, it's his to win.
Matt Barkley, although training with the third team, has also showed some flashes during OTAs, drawing praise from reporters.
Team news & injuries
The biggest story coming out of OTAs for the Redskins is, of course, the heath of QB Robert Griffin III. By most accounts he looks on schedule -- if not ahead -- and still plans to be ready by Week 1. He has been running and throwing, but still needs to be able to do things like cut and regain his burst.
OLB Brian Orkapo has been solid in his return from injury, and is aware of the pressure he's under to perform this year. The return of DE Adam Carriker and LB Keenan Robinson from injury are also boons for the Redskins' defense.
WRs Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan are almost completely healthy, they'll need to be too, as fellow receiver Leonard Hankerson has been making plays in camp.
New York Giants
The biggest news in the Giants camp is undoubtably the absense of WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Both players are known to be unhappy with their current contract situations, although Nicks' issue is especially vague. In their stead Reuben Randle and Louis Murphy have both turned heads.
FB Henry Hynoski has not been participating due to an upcoming knee surgery, C David Baas also appears to have some troubles with his elbow, although this is largely unconfirmed.
CB Terrell Thomas has also missed some time, he'll actually be reportedly moving to safety after recovering from his third ACL injury. Best of luck to him.
How many times have we stated that the Cowboys need a healthy running back? While we saw magnificent flashes from DeMarco Murray he still missed nine games in his first two seasons.
Murray is getting better, but he's still limited in OTAs with a hamstring injury. The Cowboys drafted Joseph Randle to help the load, but he's missing all OTAs due to thumb surgery. QB Tony Romo has been resting his back after surgery, but he'll be back in no time.
WR Terrance Williams has received some terrific praise from the media, he's made some good catches and appears to run some nice crisp routs.
WR DeSean Jackson has been sidelined with an ankle injury, although it's nothing to really worth about. S Kenny Phillips missed some action with an injury too, although reportedly it's nothing serious.
All the players report a growing familiarity with Chip Kelly's new offence, while he's introducing new elements all the time he's also being careful not to overwhelm his players. Smart man. That said, what they are taught, they have to execute rapid-fire on the field.
It's also very hard to get a read on who September's starters will be. Kelly is happy to keep rotating players in and out of the firsts to see what they have got.
That's it for the NFC East! Stay tuned for more OTA recaps throughout the week!
Dominic is USSDU’s beleaguered Head Editor. You can read his work here. Follow Dominic on Twitter @AussieAudible.
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