30 Questions, 30 Days: Day 1

We kick off our first-ever “30 Questions in 30 Days” feature in which we send out a call for reader questions via email and Twitter to see what’s on the mind of Giants fans everywhere.

Beginning today and through the next 29 days, we’ll have one reader question posting daily. Thanks to everyone who participated; if you would like to submit a question for a future “30 Questions, 30 Days” feature, please use our Letters to the Editor form.

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Excellent question and one I actually raised on Twitter shortly after word came out that Jon Beason was planning to retire after nine seasons.

I think the Giants actually had a chance to prepare for life after Beason these last two seasons, as with him being on injured reserve for most of the last two years, we got a chance to see who was willing to step up and who was not.

Of those not really willing to step up and embrace the leadership role were cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Prince Amukamara. Pierre-Paul and Amukamara are, of course, unrestricted free agents, their future with the Giants a question mark, so we’ll discount them from the discussion for the time being.

The one guy who did step up was defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, whom, if I remember correctly, lost out to Beason for the 2015 captain title by one vote. When Beason went down. Jenkins became the new defensive captain by default. Like Amukamara and Pierre-Paul, he too will be an unrestricted free agent.

So who’s left? I like defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins for the role, but with a caveat—I’d like to see the Giants lock him up to a long-term contract, as he’s in the final year of his rookie deal.

I think Landon Collins has the making of a leader as well, especially since he tries to model every aspect of his game after the late Sean Taylor.

I could also see Robert Ayers Jr., if he’s re-signed, serving as a short-term defensive captain.

With all that said, remember one thing. When a team has a new head coach, just about everything that was laid out prior goes out the window.

Ben McAdoo might, for example want to name weekly captains instead of season-long captains (a move I’d endorse as it gives different guys things to shoot for).

So the bottom line is we’ll see which direction it takes, but certainly it’s a good question and one that hopefully ends up resolved the right way.

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