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New York Giants' Depth Chart Updates: Randle, Cox to return kicks

A look at the current New York Giants' depth charts.

Michael Cox is now listed as the Giants' kickoff returner.
Michael Cox is now listed as the Giants' kickoff returner.
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In advance of Sunday's season-opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants have released updated depth charts. The biggest revelations are that Rueben Randle will return punts, and rookie Michael Cox will be listed ahead of David Wilson on kickoff return despite Wilson's record-setting 2012 performance in that capacity.

Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said this week that Wilson "could be" the kickoff returner, regardless of the depth chart.

"He still takes reps back there," Quinn said. "That would be Tom's decision, Jerry's decision. I just get them ready and we decide how best to use them."

The Giants have chosen Randle, who averaged 7.2 yards on 15 returns a season ago, as punt returner. Ball security is likely the primary reason. Including fair catches, Randle handle 30 punts in 2012 with only one fumble.

"The other guys we were looking at didn't really separate themselves in the preseason," Quinn said.

Finally, notice on the offensive depth chart that Justin Pugh is now listed as the starting right tackle rather than the injured David Diehl.

POS First Second Third Other
WR Hakeem Nicks Rueben Randle
LT Will Beatty
LG Kevin Boothe James Brewer
C David Baas Jim Cordle
RG Chris Snee Brandon Mosley
RT Justin Pugh David Diehl
TE Brandon Myers Bear Pascoe Larry Donnell Adrien Robinson
WR Victor Cruz Louis Murphy Jerrel Jernigan
QB Eli Manning Curtis Painter Ryan Nassib
FB Henry Hynoski Bear Pascoe
RB David Wilson Da'Rel Scott Michael Cox Andre Brown

POS First Second Third Other
LDE Justin Tuck Damontre Moore Justin Trattou
LDT Linval Joseph Shaun Rogers Johnathan Hankins
RDT Cullen Jenkins Mike Patterson
RDE Jason Pierre-Paul Mathias Kiwanuka Adewale Ojomo
SLB Keith Rivers
MLB Dan Connor Mark Herzlich
WLB Spencer Paysinger Jacquian Williams
LCB Corey Webster Jayron Hosley Terrell Thomas
RCB Prince Amukamara Aaron Ross Trumaine McBride
FS Ryan Mundy
SS Antrel Rolle Cooper Taylor

Special Teams
POS First Second Third Other
P Steve Weatherford
PK Josh Brown
H Steve Weatherford
LS Zak DeOssie
KR Michael Cox David Wilson Jerrel Jernigan Da'Rel Scott
PR Rueben Randle Jayron Hosley Jerrel Jernigan David Wilson