John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants will approach training camp this summer just like every other team. They will have to carve out a roster of 53 players from a group of 90 attendees. That means 37 players will receive a visit from the notorious “Turk”, the individual who informs them the coach wants to see them. Oh yes, please bring your playbook, or rather your tablet.
The Giants must release 37, and possibly sign two back, because two of their players have been suspended for the first four games of the season.
On June 24th, the NFL suspended WR Brandon Collins for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Yesterday, the league announced that safety Will Hill will be joining Collins in the principal’s office for the same offense.
Collins has never played a down for the Giants in the regular season, spending all of 2012 on the practice squad. He was a mild longshot to make the roster, especially now that everyone is in the fold and Ramses Barden is back.
Hill, who the Giants were expecting to challenge four their third safety spot, finds himself under suspension for the second time in two years. Last October, he tested positive for Adderall and was docked four games.
Chances are few and far between for NFL players these days and Collins and Hill have are putting their football futures in jeopardy with these infractions.
How well these two young men perform in camp will determine which direction the Giants take with them. If they make the roster, the team will have to place them on the 53, then put them on suspension and fill the spot with a free agent.
That is what may happen with Hill, but Collins could simply be released and then signed back to either the roster or the practice squad after four weeks. Providing he’s still available.