With the New York Giants 53-man roster set the team has also released its first official depth chart of the 2014 season. Here is the complete depth chart
QB -- Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
WR -- Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr.
LT -- Will Beatty, Charles Brown, James Brewer
LG -- Geoff Schwartz, Dallas Reynolds
C -- J.D. Walton, Weston Richburg,
RG -- Brandon Mosley, John Jerry
RT -- Justin Pugh
TE -- Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson
WR -- Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, Corey Washington
FB -- Henry Hynoski
RB -- Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams
LDE -- Mathias, Kiwanuka, Robert Ayers, Kerry Wynn
LDT -- Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins
RDT -- Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn
RDE -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore
SLB -- Jameel McClain, Devon Kennard
MLB -- Jon Beason, McClain, Mark Herzlich
WLB -- Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger
LCB -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trumaine McBride, Zack Bowman
RCB -- Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III
FS -- Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps
SS -- Antrel Rolle, Nat Berhe
P -- Steve Weatherford
PK -- Josh Brown
H -- Steve Weatherford
LS -- Zak DeOssie
KR -- Quintin Demps, Preston Parker, Jerrel Jernigan
PR -- Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker
Don't get crazy about how some of these things are listed. It is all semantics and does not mean things have to be, or will be, the way they are on paper when the Giants take the field next Monday against the Detroit Lions for their season-opener.
We know, for example, that Weston Richburg is going to be the left guard. Richburg isn't even listed as a guard on the depth chart. At right guard, we suspect John Jerry will play even though Brandon Mosley is listed as the starter.
At running back, I am sure there are those of you who are freaking out because Peyton Hillis is listed ahead of Andre Williams. All you had to do is watch the preseason games to know Williams, not Hillis, will be the primary backup to Rashad Jennings.
When it comes to punt returners there is no way Jerrel Jernigan gets to return punts before Preston Parker.
So, the point is that these charts are interesting, but they really don't give us the full story about how players will be used.