The six newly elected team captains, as voted on by the players, shows how different things are with the Giants. Only one of them, Saquon Barkley, was a captain last season.
Barkley and Daniel Jones represent the offense, Dalvin Tomlinson and Blake Martinez represent the defense and Jabrill Peppers and Nate Ebner are captains representing special teams.
In an unusual twist, Martinez and Ebner are in their first year with the team — the Giants imported leadership. Peppers’ designation indicates he will be featured on special teams, most likely as a punt returner. Ebner is 31; the other five captains are 26 or younger. Jones, 23, is the youngest captain and gained this recognition in just his second year. Eli Manning was not named a team captain until 2007, his fourth year with the Giants.
The only notable candidate who did not receive enough votes was Sterling Shepard — the longest-tenured Giants player, entering his fifth year.
“If that’s how my team views me, then I’d be happy to take that role,’’ Shepard said before the captains were announced. “But if not, I’m also happy to take a different leadership role, just because you’re only allowed so many guys to be captains and I clearly understand that. Pretty much my whole career, I’ve never been voted a captain. But I’ve always been a leader in my own way, so that’s what I’ll continue to do.’’