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New York Giants’ unofficial depth chart: A look at the changing roster

We know there really isn’t a depth chart, but we can approximate what it might look like

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When the 2020 NFL Draft ended, both New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman and coach Joe Judge pointed out that roster building is an ongoing process that does not end when the draft does.

“Roster building is a 12-month season. It’s 365 and it’s 24/7,” Gettleman said. “At the end of the day, we feel good about where we’re at, but we’ll continue to try to improve it.”

The Giants have proven that in recent days by claiming safety Montre Hartage off waivers from the Miami Dolphins and taking the unusual step of placing a UFA tender on Markus Golden.

Some positions have obviously been upgraded this offseason. Some weaknesses still remain. As I have said many times, it simply is not possible to address every concern or plug every hole in a single offseason. You can’t draft everybody, and the salary cap means you can’t sign every player or keep every player you would like to have. Choices have to be made, and choosing to plug one hole often means rolling the dice with another.

Where does the Giants’ roster stand right now? Judge has said — correctly — that there is no depth chart right now. Shoot, the Giants can’t even get together yet to train. That doesn’t mean we can’t build our own unofficial depth charts, so let’s do that.

The depth charts below are just guesses or approximations. I’m fully aware that all of the positions may not end up being fully accurate. Also, there are some undrafted free agents who have “agreed to terms” but not yet signed who are not listed. Before you ask, Markus Golden is not listed because he is not a Giant. They have tendered him, but he is not part of the roster until and unless he signs. Also, while the Giants have talked about Jon Halapio he is also currently unsigned. Finally, it wouldn’t shock me if somewhere along the way I left out a player or two.

At this point this is simply an exercise in giving you a visual representation of how the roster has changed and where there still may be areas to address.

Giants 2020 Depth Chart (Offense)

Position First Team Second Team Third Team Other
Position First Team Second Team Third Team Other
LT Andrew Thomas Cameron Fleming Eric Smith
LG Will Hernandez Chad Slade, Shane Lemieux Kyle Murphy
C Spencer Pulley Nick Gates Shane Lemieux Kyle Murphy
RG Kevin Zeitler Shane Lemieux Kyle Murphy
RT Nick Gates Cameron Fleming Matt Peart, Tyler Haycraft
TE Evan Engram Garrett Dickerson Rysen John
TE Kaden Smith Levine Toilolo Eric Tomlinson Kyle Markway
QB Daniel Jones Colt McCoy Cooper Rush Alex Tanney
WR Golden Tate Darius Slayton Cody Core Alex Bachman, Derrick Dillon, Binjimen Victor
WR Sterling Shepard Corey Coleman David Sills V Austin Mack, Tony Brown
RB Saquon Barkley Dion Lewis Wayne Gallman Javon Leake, Sandro Platzgummer
FB Elijhaa Penny

Giants 2020 Depth Chart (Defense)

DL Leonard Williams B.J. Hill
DL Dalvin Tomlinson Austin Johnson R.J. McIntosh
DL Dexter Lawrence Chris Slayton
OLB Oshane Ximines Kyler Fackrell Carter Coughlin
ILB Blake Martinez Josiah Tauaefa T.J. Brunson, Devante Downs Dominique Ross, Jaquarius Landrews
ILB Ryan Connelly David Mayo Tae Crowder Mark McLaurin
OLB Lorenzo Carter Cam Brown Niko Lalos
CB Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine Chris Williamson Christian Angulo, Jarren Williams
CB James Bradberry Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine
SCB Grant Haley, Julian Love Darnay Holmes Dravon Askew-Henry
SS Jabrill Peppers Sean Chandler Nate Ebner
FS Xavier McKinney Julian Love Montre Hartage

Giants 2020 Depth Chart (Special Teams)

P Riley Dixon
K Chandler Catanzaro
H Riley Dixon
LS Casey Kreiter
KR Corey Coleman Corey Ballentine Javon Leake
PR Golden Tate Corey Coleman