Training camp is finally almost here. They allow tackling there and everything. Around the League will count down the top 30 position battles to watch throughout the preseason.
•Ramses Barden told the New York Daily News last month, "I'm here to be the man." Maybe so (and he looks the part at 6-foot-6, 224 pounds), but Barden has caught 15 balls in three seasons and hasn't proven he can win matchups. The same can be said for Jernigan, who stuck to special teams last season.
• When Nicks went down in May, Hixon was inserted into the lineup opposite Cruz during practices, which is no surprise. He's unspectacular, but has appeared in 48 games (10 starts) with the Giants and understands the system. There's built-in chemistry with Eli Manning (at least a dash of it), which doesn't apply to the rest of this bunch.