The bevy of roster moves made Tuesday by the New York Giants has, of course, caused some shuffling on the team's official depth chart. Let's take a look at that depth chart, which doesn't read exactly the way you might expect.
The loss of wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, who started on the outside in three-wide receiver sets, of course impacts how the Giants will line up at the receiver position. There is the possibility that Odell Beckham Jr. could play vs. the Houston Texans, but Beckham still hasn't fully tested his hamstring since prior to the New York Jets preseason game. That makes it hard to count on him for much, if anything at all.
The wide receiver depth chart is a touch surprising. Julian Talley, just added to the 53-man roster from the practice squad, is listed as the backup to Victor Cruz, with Preston Parker and Corey Washington behind both of them. That doesn't necessarily mean that Talley will play ahead of Parker or Washington. It is, however, interesting.
On Wednesday afternoon the Giants finally updated the depth chart to show John Jerry as the starter at right guard.
The assumption is that Trumaine McBride will take over in the slot for Walter Thurmond. Slot cornerback is not a position listed on the depth chart, but McBride is listed as the backup to both Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The veteran McBride started 10 games for the Giants a season ago.
Jon Beason (toe) and Devon Kennard (hamstring) remain listed as starting linebackers, but it seems unfathomable that either will play Sunday. Beason could still wind up on IR and Kennard is not expected to practice this week.
The Giants have not announced what they will do at linebacker. though we know there are really only two choices. The Giants could move Jameel McClain, who filled in for Beason during the preseason, back to middle linebacker and insert the seldom-used Spencer Paysinger on the strong side. The other option is to insert Mark Herzlich, who has started six games over the past three season, at middle linebacker.