|Offense||8th||100.6 (18th)||271.7 (7th)|
|Defense||32nd||121.4 (22nd)||298.9 (31st)|
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Cruz was seen working with team trainers on the sideline during Monday's session, after which head coach Ben McAdoo said "the goal is to have Cruz back for training camp." Following a significant knee injury and subsequent calf injury, Cruz hasn't played since October of 2014, so the Giants are rightfully exercising caution and holding him out of team drills for the time being. While Cruz is limited to individual work, rookie second-rounder Sterling Shepard should continue to receive a thorough introduction to the Giants' offense.
Brinkley is entering his seventh NFL season, and second with the Giants. New York moved to upgrade the middle linebacker position this offseason with the signing of free agent Keenan Robinson, who remains the frontrunner for the starting role. Despite bringing in competition for the position, the team was not necessarily unhappy with Brinkley's production last year (67 tackles, four forced fumbles, one sack), and he could see an increase in playing time if he shows improvement during his second campaign in the Giants' defensive system. He's also proven more durable than Robinson over the course of their respective careers, with the 28 games the latter has missed over four seasons easily dwarfing the pair of contests that Brinkley has been sidelined for over his six campaigns. In addition to Robinson, Brinkley's competition for the starting job also includes B.J. Goodson, and Kelvin Sheppard.
Robinson was signed as a free agent in March after spending the first four years of his career with the Redskins. He appears to be the favorite to open the season as the starter in the middle, but his playing time will largely depend on his health. Since he entered the league in 2012, Robinson has only played in 36 of a possible 64 games, and has never played more than 13 games in a single season. Along with staying healthy, he'll also have to fend off Jasper Brinkley, B.J. Goodson, and Kelvin Sheppard for the starting spot.
Thompson tore his Achilles and was placed on injured reserve during the 2015 preseason, but the fact that he's running and cutting in on-field drills indicates he's recovering nicely. It's unclear if he's back to full health at this time, but he seems to be well on his way to being fully recovered for the start of the 2016 season.
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