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New York Giants depth chart: Impact of free agency signings

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Here is what the Giants look like right now.

Who will be lining up for the Giants next season?
Who will be lining up for the Giants next season?
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The construction of the New York Giants' 2016 roster is nowhere near complete. NFL free agency 2016 is continuing, and more new players will be added as the Giants try to end a streak of three consecutive losing seasons. The NFL Draft is also forthcoming. What does the depth chart look like right now? Here is a very unofficial look, along with commentary.



Starter -- Eli Manning
Reserve -- Ryan Nassib

No need for any change here. And no, I do not believe the Giants will be trading Nassib for a draft pick. Things can change, but there's just no evidence to suggest there is a market for Nassib.

Running back

Starter -- Rashad Jennings
Reserves -- Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, Orleans Darkwa

Those who do mock drafts keep trying to connect Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott to the Giants. I continue to believe that is not going to happen, but anything is possible. If the Giants take Elliott, though, he better be the second coming of Adrian Peterson. Otherwise, a running back at 10 simply isn't worth it.


Nikita Whitlock

Let's just hope the Giants don't have to ask Whitlock to play defensive tackle next season. As much fun as it was to watch, it was a sign of weakness that they even had to try it.

Tight end

Starter -- Will Tye
Reserves -- Larry Donnell, Matt LaCosse, Jerome Cunningham

I have said several times that I think Tye has taken that job away from Donnell, even if Donnell is healthy in 2016. I would still love to see a veteran blocking tight end added to the roster but it doesn't seem to be a priority for the Giants. My gut instinct is the Giants believe LaCosse can do that job.

Offensive line

Starters -- EreckFlowers (LT), Justin Pugh (LG), Weston Richburg (C), John Jerry (RG), Marshall Newhouse (RT)
Reserves -- Bobby Hart (RG/RT), Brett Jones (C/G), Shane McDermott (C), Adam Gettis (G), Jake Rodgers (T), Emmett Cleary (T)

The Giants had Russell Okung in for a visit, but the farther away we get from that visit the less likely it seems that Okung will be a Giant. I don't know who they might look at, but I suspect the Giants will continue to poke around on the market for help. If they don't find it, could they go offensive tackle in the first round of the draft for the second straight season?

Wide receiver

Starters -- Odell Beckham Jr., Dwayne Harris, Victor Cruz
Reserves -- Geremy Davis, Ben Edwards, Anthony Dable, Myles White, Tavarres King

Harris and Cruz are listed s starters alongside Beckham since teams use so many three-receiver sets. Harris is a nice player, but really shouldn't be your second receiving option. We have no idea what Cruz will be. The best options are already off the market, and as of yet there are no indications the Giants are interested in a reunion with Rueben Randle. Could the Giants address this in the draft? Most analysts think 10th overall is a bit early for Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Remember, though, almost everyone thought the No. 9 pick was too early for Ereck Flowers a year ago. The sweet spot in the draft in what seems like a shallow wide receiver class is probably Day 2.


Defensive tackle

Starters -- Johnathan Hankins, Damon Harrison
Reserves -- Jay Bromley, Montori Hughes, Louis Nix

The best news here? Markus Kuhn isn't on the list.

Defensive end

Starters -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon
Reserves -- Owa Odighizuwa, Kerry Wynn, Brad Bars, Stansley Maponga

Could the Giants take a defensive end with the 10th overall pick? That wouldn't be shocking. If they don't, I wouldn't be surprised to see them grab a defensive end on Day 2. It just feels like they don't have enough here yet, especially with Pierre-Paul on a one-year contract.

Middle linebacker

Starter -- Keenan Robinson
Reserve -- Uani 'Unga

Is anyone happy looking at that depth chart? Well, other than Robinson and 'Unga? Don't be surprised if Jasper Brinkley finds his way back to the Giants, or if they grab a middle linebacker at some point in the draft.

Outside linebacker

Starters -- Devon Kennard, J.T. Thomas
Reserves -- Mark Herzlich, Jonathan Casillas, Nico Johnson, James Morris

Provided that Kennard and Thomas could stay healthy the Giants would be OK here. Kennard might even turn into something special. Of course, that is a big if -- especially with the oft-injured Kennard. The depth is nothing special. Will the Giants finally select a linebacker in the first round of the draft?


Starters -- Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Reserves -- Trevin Wade, Tramain Jacobs, Leon McFadden

Jenkins and Rodgers-Cromartie could be a dynamic pair of play-making man-to-man corners. Or, they could be a disaster. The Giants may have taken the biggest risk of free agency by giving Jenkins a mega-contract. He could be great, or he could fall flat on his face. There may not be a middle ground. DRC can still play, but he's had nagging injuries for two years. He's a corner who relies on speed and athleticism, not technique. Those attributes don't last forever. The Giants still need help in the slot, and they are badly in need of some experienced depth.


Starter -- Landon Collins
Reserves -- Cooper Taylor, Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson, Bennett Jackson, Justin Currie

Yes, I know defenses include two starting safeties. Right now, though, the Giants only have one. One or two of the young players listed as reserves might emerge. The Giants are hoping and praying for that. There are still safeties like Reggie Nelson and Rashad Johnson on the free-agent market. It looks like the Giants are searching for a stop-gap solution while they give their young players another chance. Let's see if that works.

Special teams


Tom Obarski

It looks weird not to see the name Josh Brown here, but he is a free agent. I believe Brown will be back with the Giants, that makes too much sense, but I obviously can't include him until that happens. And for those of you who have asked on Twitter, no I don't think the Giants would draft Roberto Aguayo. They have too many holes to be drafting a placekicker on Day 2.


Brad Wing

No problem here.

Long snapper

Zak DeOssie, Tyler Ott

This is DeOssie's job. I wonder if Ott is still on the roster mostly to help the Giants through early offseason on-field workouts as DeOssie rehabs from wrist surgery. That would really be the only reason to carry two long snappers.