NY Giants roster breakdown: Locks, long shots, camp bubble players

Jul 29, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) participates in drills against cornerback James Bradberry (24) during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) participates in drills against cornerback James Bradberry (24) during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /
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The NY Giants roster will a significantly more talented one this season than last, with few jobs up for grabs during training camp and the preseason this summer

Competition is the name of the game for the players aiming to secure a spot on the NY Giants roster coming out of training camp and the preseason this summer.

NY Giants head coach Joe Judge has more familiarity with the vast majority of this roster, entering his second season, but newcomers such as wide receiver Kenny Golladay, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and several other free agent additions will significantly cut down on the number of jobs up for grabs.

Here’s a breakdown of every player on the NY Giants roster, and whether they fall into the category of locks, bubble players, or long-shots to make the team:

Locks: 39

QB Daniel Jones

Obviously. Nothing is more important to the NY Giants’ franchise trajectory than Jones proving he can become an elite quarterback this season.

QB Mike Glennon

The NY Giants believe Glennon is an upgrade at backup over Colt McCoy, Glennon’s 6-21 record might suggest otherwise.

RB Saquon Barkley

When healthy, Barkley is one of the NFL’s premier running backs. This season will be about proving he can stay on the field.

RB Devontae Booker

Even Booker was surprised the NY Giants signed him on the first day of free agency, but the former Raiders back could play a vital role as Barkley’s change-of-pace complement.

FB Elijhaa Penny

Few teams across the league carry a fullback these days, but Penny has a role in the NY Giants’ system, and is a favorite of the coaching staff.

WR Kenny Golladay

The prize offseason addition, Golladay is two years removed from finishing as the NFL’s leading receiver, and will play a vital role in determining if Jones can be an lite quarterback.

WR Sterling Shepard

Shepard now has the chance to return to the slot, where he’s thrived in the past.

WR Darius Slayton

With the pressure now off, thanks to the addition of Golladay, Slayton doesn’t need to be the NY Giants’ top receiver. Might that lead to his most productive campaign yet?

WR Kadarius Toney

Toney has shown very little this spring and early in training camp, but the NY Giants were intrigued enough by his explosiveness and versatility to choose him No. 20 overall in the NFL Draft.

TE Evan Engram

Engram made his first career Pro Bowl in 2020, but he was also charged with eight drops. He’ll aim to build on last season’s success, after the NY Giants picked up his fifth-year option.

TE Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph caught 40 of his 48 career touchdowns in the red-zone, which should give the NY Giants, one of the NFL’s worst offenses inside the 20-yard line, a boost.

OT Andrew Thomas

The NY Giants are banking on the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft making significant strides.

OT Matt Peart

Peart flashed plenty of promise, and versatility in 2020, giving the NY Giants hope he can develop into a bookend tackle.

OT Nate Solder

Solder returns after opting out of the 2020 season in unfamiliar territory, fighting for a roster spot. He’s easily the best option as the Giants’ swing-tackle.

OG Will Hernandez

Hernandez has been in the midst of a position change, spending his time almost exclusively at right guard this spring and summer.

OG Shane Lemieux

Lemieux was expected to be the NY Giants’ Week 1 left guard, but a knee injury suffered this week could change that.

C Nick Gates

Gates played well enough at center last season to nail down the starting job, with little competition, entering the 2021 season.

DL Leonard Williams

Williams must prove this season, after signing a massive new contract, that his career-high 11.5 sacks in 2020 weren’t a fluke.

DL Dexter Lawrence

Lawrence might be the NY Giants’ best defender, but he’s already developed a reputation among coaches and executives as a player to watch.

DL Danny Shelton

The task for Shelton will be helping the NY Giants forget Dalvin Tomlinson.

DL Austin Johnson

Johnson re-signed this offseason, and could push for a starting job at defensive end.

DL B.J. Hill

Hill enters the final year of his contract, aiming to carve out a niche and prove that he’s worth a second deal.

LB Blake Martinez

Martinez was one of the NY Giants’ premier defenders in 2020, and one of the locker room’s most respected leaders.

LB Reggie Ragland

Ragland has a chance to push for a starting job, after producing 52 tackles and one sack in his lone season with the Lions in 2020.

LB Azeez Ojulari

The NY Giants’ second-round pick is viewed by NFL executives and coaches as one of the “Steals” of the NFL Draft, and the Georgia alum could push for a starting job immediately.

LB Lorenzo Carter

Carter made it all the way back from a ruptured Achilles suffered last October to being on the field for the beginning of training camp. The next step is proving he can be a dominant edge rusher.

LB Oshane Ximines

Ximines still has plenty to prove, coming off a significant injury ahead of his third NFL season.

LB Ifeadi Odenigbo

Odenigbo could contribute starter-quality snaps immediately, and he has plenty of upside as an edge-rush presence.

LB Elerson Smith

The NY Giants are seemingly bringing the rookie along slowly.

CB James Bradberry

Bradberry made his first career Pro Bowl last season, and might be the NY Giants’ most dominant defensive player.

CB Adoree’ Jackson

Pairing Jackson opposite Bradberry completes the NY Giants’ secondary rebuild, and gives New York a pair of dominant perimeter defenders.

CB Aaron Robinson

Robinson is a sleeper to steal the starting nickel cornerback job as a rookie.

CB Darnay Holmes

Holmes looked every bit the part of a lockdown cornerback in the slot, if Williamson is going to win a starting job, he’ll have to beat out Holmes.

S Jabrill Peppers

Peppers is a Swiss Army knife of a defender, capable of making an impact up near the line of scrimmage in the box or deep in coverage.

S Logan Ryan

Ryan’s impact has been invaluable on the NY Giants’ defense, since his arrival last summer, and his veteran presence makes New York’s secondary a formidable one.

S Xavier McKinney

McKinney has the potential to be a breakout star for the NY Giants, and flashed all kinds of potential late last season.

S Julian Love

Love provides quality depth both at safety and slot cornerback.

K Graham Gano

Gano built a solid Pro Bowl resumè in 2020, and parlayed that success into a long-term contract, he’ll aim to build on that strong performance this season.

LS Carson Tinker

This job is already all but locked up by Tinker.