NY Giants 53-man roster predictions with the preseason on the horizon

Soon enough, Brian Daboll will need to trim his roster down to 53 men

Jul 26, 2023; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and tight
Jul 26, 2023; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and tight / Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
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NY Giants defensive line

In: Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, A’Shawn Robinson, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Jordon Riley, DJ Davidson
Out: Ryder Anderson, Kobe Smith, Brandin Bryant, Kevin Atkins

Dexter Lawrence got paid this offseason and has looked mighty good to start out the summer. His partner in crime, Leonard Williams, has been quiet to start camp, and was rested mutliple times during the last week. The best news to come out of New Jersey in the last week was Monday's news that A'Shawn Robinson was activated from the PUP list. The 28 year old will help bolster a defensive line that has the ability to be the best in football. Robinson told reporters this week he joined the Giants because he wanted to be part of something special.

DJ Davidson, the Giants 2022 fifth-round pick, remains on the PUP list (ACL tear). It is uncertain whether he will be healthy enough to be removed from the PUP list before the start of the season.

NY Giants outside linebackers

In: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, Jihad Ward, Oshane Ximines
Out: Tomon Fox, Habakkuk Baldonado, Tashawn Bowser

Carl Banks said this week that he expects to Azeez Ojulari to have at least 15 sacks if he remains healthy. That is awfully high praise from one of the best pass-rushers in Giants franchise history. Kayvon Thibodeaux produced two highlights in practice this past week, one good and one bad. Thomas threw Thibodeaux around like a rag doll in a one on one drill. Thibodeaux did make positive headlines in New York for the comments he made to Jones after a camp practice.

The Giants lack depth at this position. Yannick Ngakoue and James Houston, two veteran pass-rushers, were signed by other teams this week. If Schoen wants to add depth to this position, he will likely have to wait until after cutdown day.

NY Giants inside linebackers

In: Bobby Okereke, Darrian Beavers, Micah McFadden, Cam Brown
Out: Carter Coughlin, Dyontae Johnson, Troy Brown

Bobby Okereke has been a standout in Giants training camp. Darrian Beavers and Micah McFadden have been duking it out to be Okereke's starting partner, and it seems McFadden has the leg up in that race through two weeks of camp.

Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin have both been rostered by the Giants the last three seasons, but given the lack of depth at other positions, it seems hard to fathom Schoen and Daboll keeping two players who are strictly special teamers on the roster.

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale spoke highly of Dyontae Johnson, an undrafted rookie out of Toledo. Given the lack of positional depth, Johnson will have a serious chance to earn a roster spot if he balls out during New York's three preseason games.