The heat of the summer is not the only heat applied to players scheduled to assemble for the start of Giants training camp later this month. For some, there is heat to show they are worth the money. For others, the heat is on to live up to the marquee status assigned to them, based on their place on the depth chart.
The stakes are high across the board. However, not all players, roster spots, expectations and level of importance are created equal.
Here are the three Giants with the most pressure on them:
Leonard Williams, defensive tackle
This big guy needs no introduction. He was supposed to be a star with the Jets (No. 6-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft) and instead evolved into a good, solid player. Giants GM Dave Gettleman saw a young, healthy interior defensive lineman and sent over a third- and fifth-round pick to get him. After eight games of Williams doing what he usually does — good against the run, pretty good in pressuring the pocket, usually unable to seal the deal with a sack — Gettleman decided applying the franchise tag was worth the risk.