The New York Giants begin off-season training activities on Monday, which makes this the nominal start of preparations for the 2012 season and the defense of the Giants' Super Bowl championship.
With the draft looming and free agency still continuing I thought I would kick things off with a really, really REALLY early look at what the 53-man roster might look like if the Giants had to play a game this weekend. So, let's give this a whirl.
Quarterback (2) -- Eli Manning, David Carr
Sorry, Ryan Perrilloux. Another year of follow the bouncing Perrilloux on the practice squad -- if the Giants don't bring in another young QB who beats him out.
Running Back (4) -- Ahmad Bradshaw, DJ Ware, Da'Rel Scott, Henry Hynoski
I am pretty sure this group will be supplemented by a draft pick. The real question is how high of a pick. Oh, and the suspended Andre Brown can pretty much forget about it.
Tight End (3) -- Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Christian Hopkins
Another group that might see a draft pick added.
Wide Receiver (5) -- Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon
We have talked about it here, but when you actually look at the names that group behind Nicks and Cruz just does not look good enough.
Offensive Line (9) -- Starters: Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe, David Baas, Chris Snee, David Diehl. Reserves: Mitch Petrus, Sean Locklear, Jim Cordle, James Brewer
Would anybody be stunned if the Giants use a high draft pick to beef up this group? I sure wouldn't.
Defensive Tackle (4) -- Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Dwayne Hendricks
In the end Hendricks is not making the 53-man, but for now he is the fourth defensive tackle
Defensive End (4) -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Trattou
Huge questions here. Will the always unhappy Umenyiora even be a Giant after the draft? Will Mathias Kiwanuka move back down to defensive end, his natural position? Will the Giants -- as they love to do -- use a first-round pick on this position?
Linebacker (8) -- Michael Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka, Keith Rivers, Chase Blackburn, Mark Herzlich, Jacquain Williams, Spencer Paysinger, Greg Jones
More big questions here. Who plays which position? Does Boley go to the middle? Does Herzlich move to the strong side with Kiwanuka moving back to the defensive line? Does Greg Jones make the team at all? What about Clint Sintim? For now I choose Jones over Sintim based on special teams. Is this already too many linebackers? Do the Giants draft another player to make this an even more crowded position?
Cornerbacks (6) -- Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Justin Tryon, Antwaun Molden, Brian Witherspoon
Witherspoon, Tryon, Michael Coe and Bruce Johnson all finished last season on IR. My favorites out of the group are Tryon and Witherspoon.
Safeties (5) -- Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, Tyler Sash, Stevie Brown, Chris Horton
This group behind Rolle and Phillips seems like it could still use some help.
Specialists (3) -- LS: Zak DeOssie; P: Steve Weatherford; PK: Lawrence Tynes
This roster is tilted a litte too heavily toward defense, with just 23 offensive players to 27 defensive ones. I can't really find any other offensive players who deserve a roster spot as of now.
Regardless, nothing concrete here. Just a little fodder for discussion on a Monday morning. Your thoughts?