The New York Giants released the first unofficial depth chart before the preseason. Given all the additions to the offense, it’s interesting to look at how some of those new pieces are fitting in. While the depth chart will look much different by Week 1, it is mostly what you would expect for now. Those who have been following training camp won’t notice many surprises, but there are some intriguing positional battles.
The Giants are keeping four quarterbacks at the moment, but that is likely to change. Eli Manning is unsurprisingly the starter, with Josh Johnson ahead of Geno Smith as second string. The rookie Davis Webb is currently the fourth-string quarterback on the roster. By all accounts, the Giants won’t keep all four guys on the roster going into the season. They certainly won’t cut their third-round rookie so soon, so the battle between Geno and Josh Johnson will be one to watch.
This is the position where New York is counting on players to step up, and so far it looks mostly as you might expect. Ereck Flowers has been very up and down according to reports from training camp, but he maintains the left tackle position. Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg are at left guard and center respectively. The right side of the line is where things get interesting. For now, John Jerry remains the starting right guard and Bobby Hart the right tackle, but D.J. Fluker could make some noise here. Fluker was mediocre for the Chargers the last few years, but he was a first-round pick and has shown flashes in training camp. He could conceivably earn either spot on the right side of the line depending on his preseason and training camp performances.
The receiver situation looks similar to last season apart from Brandon Marshall replacing Victor Cruz. As expected, Odell Beckham, Marshall, and Sterling Shepard are the top three, with Tavarres King, Dwayne Harris, and Roger Lewis getting some snaps. Marshall’s physical presence is living up to its reputation so far, and the receiving corps looks dangerous.
The tight end battle is one to watch, as there are a lot of new and talented faces here. Rhett Ellison has shined in training camp, especially with his blocking. He currently sits atop the depth chart, but Evan Engram has been making plays too. Will Tye, the starting tight end from last year, has fallen to third. Tye was never overly talented, but he was decent and deserving of a spot on the roster. It will be interesting between Tye, Jerell Adams, and Matt LaCosse, as it’s likely only one of them will make the team.
The running back position is wide open for the Giants. They may have one of the most unknown groups in the league, but their young players are desperate to prove their worth. Paul Perkins has been impressive and is getting the bulk of the workload, but we’ll see if that changes. Orleans Darkwa finds himself in that coveted third spot after receiving back Shane Vereen, but his spot isn’t safe from Shaun Draughn or Wayne Gallman.
NY currently has two fullbacks listed on its roster. Last year, Ben McAdoo chose not to use a fullback at all. Right now, they have Jacob Huesman, a former college quarterback, listed as their starter. He has shown some flashes of talent in training camp, but McAdoo may once again choose to not keep any fullback. Given the new tight end depth, he might keep an extra tight end and use him in the fullback role when necessary.
The Giants added many new faces to squeeze some life into their disappointing offense from a year ago. While the first chart doesn’t hold many surprises, it helps show how new players are fitting into the team. It also shows how the roster is performing at training camp overall. Apart from the receiver position, the New York offense remains a question mark, but there are a lot of players who can make a difference.