5 NY Giants position battles Brian Daboll should already be thinking about

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With summer approaching, it’s time for Brian Daboll and the New York Giants to start preparing for potential position battles throughout training camp. Per usual with a roster in flux, there’s a lot more questions than answers as it pertains to the Giants’ depth chart. While they’ve brought some players in who will be unquestioned starters, there’s a litany of players just looking for their chance.

After a rousing first season and disappointing Year 2 from Daboll and Co., the way things could work out for the Giants in Year 3 of their coach’s tenure is anyone’s guess. It’ll come down to getting the most out of their roster, which the staff has proven to be more than solid at over time.

As it stands at the moment, few are guaranteed starting spots, while many will have to earn their way into the lineup for New York. With that said, here are five position battles Daboll and the Giants should already be thinking about at the moment:

5. Jalin Hyatt vs. Darius Slayton

The Giants decided on drafting Malik Nabers in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, and he’ll immediately step in and become their WR1 in his rookie season. While that’s all well and good, it does mean someone’s target share is going to take a huge hit. Wan’Dale Robinson’s spot is likely safe, due to him playing more of the slot receiver role, but it’ll be a battle between veteran Darius Slayton and second-year receiver Jalin Hyatt for the outside receiver role.

Slayton has led the Giants in receiving four of the last five seasons, and he may be one of the more underrated pass-catchers in the NFL. However, his success may be more of a reflection of the Giants lack of talent in their receiving corps than anything, at least over the last couple of years.

Meanwhile, Hyatt flashed over his rookie season, but he was never truly able to get going, as the Giants offensive line couldn’t hold up long enough to allow him to get open downfield. Whether it was his quarterback missing him or simply looking to stay closer to the line of scrimmage, there were certainly a lot of missed opportunities for Hyatt in Year 1.

Hyatt’s speed is well documented, and Slayton’s inconsistencies have left the door open in 2024. Not to mention, the latter is going through a contract dispute. After drafting Hyatt in the third round last season, the former Tennessee star could be slated to take over Slayton’s previous role entering this season’s campaign.