The New York Giants have released their first unofficial depth chart of 2015. Realize that this chart, posted ahead of Friday's preseason opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, means little in terms of playing time or who might eventually make the 53-man roster. It is just a guide. Let's see, however, what we might be able to glean from it.
|WR1||Rueben Randle||Corey Washington||Geremy Davis||Derrick Johnson|
|LT||Ereck Flowers||Emmett Cleary||Sean Donnelly||Will Beatty|
|LG||Justin Pugh||Adam Gettis||Michael Bamiro|
|C||Weston Richburg||Dallas Reynolds||Brett Jones|
|RG||Geoff Schwartz||John Jerry||Eric Herman|
|RT||Marshall Newhouse||Brandon Mosley||Bobby Hart|
|TE||Daniel Fells||Larry Donnell||Adrien Robinson||Jerome Cunningham
|QB||Eli Manning||Ryan Nassib||Ricky Stanzi|
|RB||Rashad Jennings||Andre Williams||Shane Vereen||
|WR2||Victor Cruz||Preston Parker||Julian Talley|
|WR3||Odell Beckham Jr||Dwayne Harris||Juron Criner||James Jones|
|FB||Henry Hynoski||Nikita Whitlock|
Takeaway No. 1: Corey Washington is listed ahead of Geremy Davis, probably based simply on his year in the system.
Takeaway No. 2: Daniel Fells is listed as the starting tight end, with Larry Donnell No. 2. Put zero stock in that. Most likely, it is simply based on Donnell having been somewhat limited thus far by the Achilles tendon issues he had in the spring. Fells still has lots of competition to even keep his roster spot.
Takeaway No. 3: Rookie Bobby Hart is listed as a right tackle. When they selected him in the seventh round, the Giants said Hart would move to guard. Out of necessity, though, he has spent most of his time on the outside.
Takeaway No. 4: Shane Vereen is listed as the No. 3 running back. If you have watched any of the Giants' practices, you wouldn't buy that for even a second. I said on the most recent 'Big Blue Chat' podcast that I thought Vereen would end the season with more touches than any Gint back. I will stick with that.
Takeaway No. 5: James Jones is listed at the bottom of the wide receiver depth chart. I'm not buying that, either. No chance Juron Criner has a better opportunity to make the team than Jones does.
|LDE||Kerry Wynn||Owa Odighizuwa||Brad Bars|
|LDT||Cullen Jenkins||Markus Kuhn||Kenrick Ellis||Dominique Hamilton|
|RDT||Johnathan Hankins||Jay Bromley||Carlif Taylor|
|RDE||Robert Ayers||Damontre Moore||George Selvie||Jordan Stanton|
|SLB||Devon Kennard||Mark Herzlich||Victor Butler|
|MLB||Jon Beason||Jameel McClain||Devin Unga||Tony Johnson|
|WLB||J.T. Thomas||Jonathan Casillas||Cole Farrand|
|LCB||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Jayron Hosley||Trumaine McBride||Josh Gordy|
|SS||Bennett Jackson||Mykkele Thompson||Jeromy Miles||Justin Currie|
|FS||Landon Collins||Cooper Taylor||Nat Berhe|
|RCB||Prince Amukamara||Chykie Brown||Chandler Fenner||Trevin Wade
Takeaway No. 1: Kerry Wynn is listed as the starting left defensive end. That could well end up being the case, although the starters might not matter much. Wynn, Robert Ayers, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Damontre Moore and George Selvie are all likely to see plenty of playing time.
Takeaway No. 2: Trumaine McBride is listed as a third-team corner behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jayron Hosley. That is only because the chart does not have a place for the slot corner, which is McBride's job.
Takeaway No. 3: Landon Collins and Bennett Jackson are listed as your starting safeties. Provided Jackson's quad injury isn't serious, it might just stay that way.