Depth Chart: New York Giants
Over at Giants.com today, they released a post titled New York Giants unofficial depth chart. This is something that fans around Giants Nation have been waiting for all offseason…
And it’s finally here, the first of many depth charts as the Giants roll into the brutal 2014 NFL season. Let’s take a look:
WR Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr.
LT Will Beatty, Charles Brown
LG Weston Richburg, Dallas Reynolds, Geoff Schwartz
C J.D. Walton, Weston Richburg, Dallas Reynolds
RG Brandon Mosley, John Jerry
RT Justin Pugh, James Brewer
TE Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson
WR Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, Corey Washington
QB Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
FB Henry Hynoski
RB Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Peyton Hillis
LDE Mathias Kiwanuka, Robert Ayers Jr., Kerry Wynn
LDT Cullen Jenkins, Jay Bromley
RDT Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn
RDE Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore
SLB Devon Kennard, Jameel McClain
MLB Jameel McClain, Mark Herzlich, Jon Beason
WLB Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger
LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trumaine McBride, Zackary Bowman
SS Antrel Rolle, Nat Berhe
FS Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps
RCB Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III
So this is the depth chart, any surprises?
Well, Preston Parker not only made the team, but he’s the number one PR. That is something I didn’t see coming when the Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round. However, the dynamic playmaking receivers hamstring hasn’t been dynamic in health. He’s barely practiced and apparently Preston Parker took advantage.
Will Beatty and Justin Pugh are your bookend tackles from left to right, that’s no surprise, but Weston Richburg at LG is a little bit of a shock… only because he was among the best Centers in the 2014 NFL Draft.That said, it was the injury to Geoff Schwartz that led to that move. At RG, Brandon Mosley will be filling in for Chris Snee, the Giants mainstay for a decade that retired in late July.
Some would consider it a surprise that Jerrel Jernigan made the team, but so did Corey Washington… so the backlash isn’t too severe.
On defense, there really aren’t many surprises. Of course Will Hill isn’t with the team, but that’s old news. Stevie Brown is back from injury and is listed as a number one, but that isn’t so much a surprise as a feel good story.
On the line, JPP and Kiwi are the bookend-ends, while Jenkins and Hankins are the pair everyone assumed would be starting. In the secondary, Prince Amukamara is still the Prince of New York, while DRC looks set to have the biggest year of his career. Seriously, DRC is ultra fast, talented and is probably the defenses most talented player… watch for him to have a big year.
At LB, it’s an initial shock to see Jon Beason‘s name far down the depth chart, but keep in mind, he missed a lot of time. As soon as Jon is 100% and ready to go, he’ll be the guy, even Jason Pierre-Paul recognized the obvious need on the blue bird:
Jason Pierre-Paul on the return of Jon Beason: “We need him. Everybody knows we need him.”
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 1, 2014
And while Mathias Kiwanuka didn’t exactly repeat the sentiment verbatim, he did say if the Giants D was healthy, it was on of the best in the NFL… on paper:
Mathias Kiwanuka: “Healthy, we’re one of the best defenses in the league — on paper.” — Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 1, 2014
So there you have it Giants Nation, the unofficial depth chart. 3 Giant Questions:
- What do think?
- What would you change?
- Who would you claim on waivers?
And most importantly, can this depth chart beat the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football? Because regardless of the answer to that question, this same time next week, the Giants will be battling the Lions whether they’re ready or not.