With the NY Giants minicamp starting on Tuesday, things are starting to heat up, as well as shape up to what the depth chart could be by the time the preseason rolls around. Obviously, it's too early to tell how everything will unfold, but minicamps always give us a good look at some of the more underrated players for teams across the board.
Positional battles are always some of the most exciting parts of offseason sessions regardless of what team you're a fan of. This year for the Giants, though, there are plenty of positional battles for fans to keep an eye on leading up to camp in late July. In this piece, we take a look at four in particular for fans to monitor this week:
4. Backup running back
We all know Saquon Barkley will be the NY Giants' starting running back once he and Joe Schoen find a middle ground on a potential extension. However, what is less clear is who will be playing behind Barkley as the No. 2 back.
The good thing about this is that there are plenty of good options as to who can take this role during the 2023 season. Whether it be Matt Breida, Eric Gray, or even Gary Brightwell, all three of these guys have a good chance to take the role of RB2 in the offense. Alongside this, you never know if a guy like Jashaun Corbin could come out of nowhere and impress coaches early on.
On paper, it seems like Breida will have the first chance to secure the backup running back spot. Not only was he the team's backup last season, but he has the most experience whether it be in the NFL or with Brian Daboll and Schoen. However, it wouldn't shock us at all to see him slip further down the depth chart for a younger back like Gray or Brightwell.
Brightwell looked pretty solid in limited carries last season and Gray is a fifth-round rookie who has already gotten a good amount of praise from people around him. Compared to Brightwell, Gray is a more traditional three-down back, so this could easily give him the edge over both of the other backs on the team.
Regardless, these three all bring varying skill sets that make it easy to plug them in at various times throughout a game. The team may have only three spots for running backs on the active roster. However, we're confident that seeing these three battle it out for the backup spot will be incredibly fun to watch.