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New York Giants Unofficial Depth Chart -- Breaking Down The Offense

Any questions about where Victor Cruz is on the Giants' wide receiver depth chart? Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
Any questions about where Victor Cruz is on the Giants' wide receiver depth chart? Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

In advance of their preseason opener on Friday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Giants have released an unofficial depth chart. We will break it down in two posts. This one will be dedicated to the offense, a subsequent one to the defense.

Here is the unofficial depth chart for the offense, with some of my thoughts included.

Wide Receivers

Starters -- Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon
Second Team -- Jerrel Jernigan, Brandon Collins, Ramses Barden, David Douglas
Third Team -- Reuben Randle, Dan DePalma, Julian Talley, Isiah Stanback, Hakeem Nicks

Valentine's View -- Of course, Nicks will go to the first team as soon as he is healthy. Don't go nuts about Randle being listed with the third unit. It is because he is a rookie, and that will change once games begin being played.

Left Tackle

Starter -- Will Beatty
Second Team -- James Brewer
Third Team -- Matt McCants

Valentine's View -- Right now, this position is a problem. Neither Beatty nor Brewer have been practicing due to back injuries, and McCants -- the sixth-round pick -- is not NFL ready. Veteran Sean Locklear has been playing there, and has been inconsistent. The Giants have even given rookie Brandon Mosley some snaps there.

Left Guard

Starter -- Kevin Boothe
Second Team -- Selvish Capers
Third Team -- Brandon Mosley

Valentine's View -- Mosley has been playing several positions on the line, both tackles as well as guard. The real backup here is Mitch Petrus.


Starter -- David Baas
Second Team -- Chris White
Third Team -- Jim Cordle

Right Guard

Starter -- Chris Snee
Second Team -- Mitch Petrus
Third Team -- Steve Goodin

Valentine's View -- Petrus is really the primary backup at both guard slots

Right Tackle

Starter -- David Diehl
Second Team -- Sean Locklear
Third Team -- Joel Reinders

Valentine's View -- Mosley has gotten a lot of snaps in this spot. Brewer was getting some early in camp. He needs to get back on the field.

Tight End

Starter -- Bear Pascoe
Second Team -- Martellus Bennett, Chris Hopkins, Larry Donnell
Third Team -- Adrien Robinson, Ryan Purvis, Travis Beckum (PUP)

Valentine's View -- I really enjoy Pascoe, but he is eventually going to lose this job to Bennett. Robinson might take a while, but don't sleep on him making an impact later in the year.


Starter -- Eli Manning
Second Team -- David Carr
Third Team -- Ryan Perrilloux

Valentine's View -- Nothing to see here with Manning and Carr. Perrilloux has had a wildly inconsistent camp thus far, both in terms of his accuracy, or lack thereof, and his decision-making. If he doesn't show more I would not be shocked if the Giants go shopping for a practice squad quarterback.


Starter -- Henry Hynoski
Second Team -- Joe Martinek

Valentine's View -- This is clearly Hynoski's job. Martinek is bidding for a roster spot with Andre Brown and Da'Rel scott, though. He can catch and run, and of late has shown surprising toughness as a blocker despite trying to lead block and stonewall blitzers at all of 225 pounds. Martinek has often been aligned in one-back sets.

Running Back

Starter -- Ahmad Bradshaw
Second Team -- David Wilson, Da'Rel Scott
Third Team -- D.J. Ware, Andre Brown, Martinek

Valentine's View -- This is an interesting listing. Ware is clearly the No. 2 back right now, and Wilson has taken almost all of his practice reps with the third squad. Scott has barely been seen, having suffered two injuries thus far in camp.