John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Here are some answers to some recent inquiries I’ve received via email…
Who will win the MLB job?
Right now, Mark Herzlich has the inside track. The Giants have stood by him while he made his way back from battling cancer and are not about to give up on him now. He has a resolve beyond any player in this league and the Giants will reward him by giving him every opportunity to win the starting job. Dan Connor is a known quantity, but I believe Herzlich’s time has come. The Giants will try Aaron Curry at MLB as well in an effort to get a look at where his capabilities lie. They have been rumored to be interested in FA Desmond Bishop, but until he’s seen at TPC for a visit or a workout, it’s all just speculation.
David Wilson: will he be returning kicks this year?
Yes, but how regularly remains to be seen. At minicamp, he was front and center on kickoffs – and punts, too. But if he is to carry the mail for the offense, it only makes sense that his special teams duties are curtailed by the coaches. That will hurt the team on kickoffs since Wilson was nothing short of electric as a rookie last season. But he can make up for that with more touches on offense where he was equally electric in a small sample in 2012. Picking up the slack in the return game is what the Giants will need to determine this summer. Some candidates: Jerrel Jernigan, Da’Rel Scott, Rueben Randle and Charles James.
How do you see the Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks situation working out?
They are both currently under contract and that is the way the Giants will approach it this summer. Nicks will have to prove early on that he can stay healthy and produce. At that time the Giants may begin to negotiate a long term deal in an attempt to keep him from hitting the market next March. Cruz is painted into a corner. He is continually being typecast as a slot receiver and teams will be unwilling to give him a contract worthy of a No. 1 WR. Plus, teams that make him offers may be in parts of the country where he does not wish to play. The best outcome for Cruz would be to take the Giants money, stay in New York and become one of the wealthiest athletes in the world. His off-the-field appeal will garner him as much as his Giant contract will in the end. He won’t have those opportunities anywhere else.