Predicting which NY Giants wide receivers survive 2021 roster cuts

Darius Slayton #86 of the New York Giants (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Darius Slayton #86 of the New York Giants (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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NY Giants, Kenny Golladay
New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Image via The Record) /

NY Giants wide receiver roster predictions

As mentioned, the top four spots on the depth chart are virtually locked in, the order is to be determined later.

Last season, Joe Judge and Co. carried five receivers on the initial 53-man roster, and didn’t seem to have a desire to increase that number as the season wore on.

An unfortunate reality for the NY Giants this season, however, is the fact some of their top receivers have injury concerns. Kenny Golladay has missed 17 games over the course of his four-year career, and Sterling Shepard has missed 16 in five years.

Not only do the Giants have to take special teams ability into account when selecting the final receivers making the roster, they must be prepared to trot out a depth piece on offense should one of the top four go down.

Thus, I predict six receivers will make the initial 53-man roster. In addition to Golladay, Shepard, Darius Slayton and Kadarius Toney, I believe C.J. Board and Dante Pettis will make the cut.

Board will make it primarily due to his ability to play special teams, but also for his capabilities as a receiver, which were shown by his 169 offensive snaps last season. As for Pettis, the G-Men clearly saw something in him last year to not only pick him up midseason, but to also put him on the field in critical situations down the stretch.

Pettis also has 11 career kick returns, which could prove to be a valuable asset if the coaching staff doesn’t want to have Tony or safety Jabrill Peppers returning kicks and punts.

The mix of the top four receivers, plus Board and Pettis, offers the Giants a blend of size, speed and special teams ability which could be useful in 2021.

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