NY Giants roster breakdown: How many jobs still up for grabs?

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These players will likely be involved in competition for a roster spot, but have a very real chance of making the team, should they show out during training camp and the preseason.

RB Gary Brightwell

FB Elijhaa Penny

If the NY Giants keep five running backs, Brightwell — who was chosen in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft, should make the squad. Penny is a favorite of the coaching staff, and he’s a lock, if New York carries a fullback.

WR Dante Pettis

WR David Sills

WR C.J. Board

WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin

Pettis showed some flashes last season that he can be a playmaker. However, the NY Giants significant investment in the receiver position this offseason likely means only one player from this group will make the squad.

TE Kaden Smith

The NY Giants like Smith, but he was a non-factor last season, and took his lumps as a run-blocker.

LT Nate Solder

Solder returns, after opting out of the 2020 season, but after allowing 11 sacks and 56 total pressures in 2019, he might need to significantly outperform the younger offensive tackles on the roster to make the club.

OG Shane Lemieux

OG Will Hernandez

OG Zach Fulton

OG/C Jonotthan Harrison

OG Chad Slade

It wouldn’t be a surprise if any of these players wound up in the starting lineup, or in the street, come September. Offensive guard seems like it could be wide open, with none of these players absolute locks to make the roster.

DL B.J. Hill

DE Elerson Smith

Hill’s snaps have been reduced since Leonard Williams’ arrival in Oct., 2019, so he might face stiff competition to make the team out of camp. Smith is an intriguing size and strength prospect as a psd-rusher, after being chosen in the fourth-round.

LB Cam Brown

LB Reggie Ragland

LB T.J. Brunson

LB Niko Lalos

LB Carter Coughlin

Coughlin, Brunson, and Brown were all chosen in the late-rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Brown’s special teams prowess and ability to play outside or inside linebacker could push him across the finish-line and onto the team. Ragland, after producing 77 tackles and one sack last season could push for a starting job.

DB Julian Love

Love’s versatility to play safety or nickel cornerback could help him secure a roster spot. The increase of talent in the secondary, might make it a tough competition.

CB Rodarius Williams

Williams was chosen by the NY Giants in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft earlier this month, and has the ideal height and length to push for a roster spot and play immediately.

P Riley Dixon

P Ryan Santoso

Dixon regressed, fairly dramatically in 2020, so expect an open-competition for the starting punter job.

LS Casey Kreiter

LS Carson Tinker

Same goes for the long-snapper position. This could be an intriguing battle to watch this summer.