[UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: The Giants have released a new, improved depth chart showing Odell Beckham as a starter.]
What does the New York Giants depth chart look like after all of the roster moves the team has been forced to make this week? We know that the depth chart doesn't mean this is exactly how players will be utilized, but it gives us an indication of where the pieces might fit. So, let's take a look.
The new piece is, of course, journeyman wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, signed Tuesday to take the place of Victor Cruz on the roster. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ogletree has 78 receptions in 62 career games. He has experience both playing outside and in the slot, and figures to slide in behind Preston Parker as the backup in the slot. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Corey Washington is exclusively an outside receiver, and perhaps now will receive some snaps in red zone or for-wide receiver sets.
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The issue the Giants currently have on defense is at cornerback. Walter Thurmond started the season as the slot corner, followed by Trumaine McBride. Both are now on injured reserve. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie seems unlikely to be available Sunday with a variety of leg ailments. That likely leaves the Giants with Zack Bowman starting on the outside and Jayron Hosley in the slot.
The Giants could opt to move either of their safeties, Antrel Rolle of Quintin Demps, into the slot and use either deposed starter Stevie Brown or rookie Nat Berhe at safety. Perhaps we will find out more about their plan as the week progresses. As you will see below, the way the current depth chart lists the corners will be almost meaningless on Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
Here, the depth chart is almost completely meaningless in terms of the kickoff and punt returners. Michael Cox, who came off the practice squad and averaged 26.5 yards on two kickoff returns last week, is not even listed as a return option. You can be almost certain that Cox, after giving the Giants the best return work they have had this season, will be returning kickoffs against the Cowboys. The punt return options are listed as Parker and Randle. The name Odell Beckham is not listed, but we have seen the past two weeks that the Giants will give him chances there.