After drafting defensive tackle Marvin Austin in the second round a few years ago, the Giants may not be ready to give up on him just yet, even though he still hasn’t shown much on the field.
Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com believes Austin has a good chance at making the Giants finals 53-man roster this year.
Defensive tackle is going to be one of the most competitive units in all of camp. Linval Josep hand Cullen Jenkins will start. But then it will be a battle royal between Mike Patterson, Shaun Rogers, Austin, rookie Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn. Will the Giants keep five defensive tackles? The Giants will definitely keep Joseph, Jenkisn and Hankins, the team’s second-round pick. Patterson, Rogers, Austin and Kuhn will be fighting for perhaps one to two spots. Perhaps the Giants will keep six defensive tackles considering how shoring up the run defense is a major priority. But that might be a stretch. Austin has much to prove since he hasn’t done much thus far in his career and hasn’t gotten that many opportunities. But it is hard to see the Giants giving up on their 2011 second-round pick already. Jerry Reese doesn’t like to do that so my guess is Austin will be on the roster this season.