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New York Giants 2022 roster rankings: Nos. 40-31

We are reaching more of the ‘likely to make the team’ players, though not all of these guys will be on the final 53

NFL: New York Giants Minicamp
C.J. Board during minicamp.
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We have reached players No. 40-31 in our rankings of the New York Giants’ 90-man roster. We have reached a group of what I believe are ‘likely to make the roster’ players.

Let’s discuss a few of the players in this group.

Yes, I have wide receivers Richie James and C.J. Board making the roster over Darius Slayton — a player we have discussed a lot. Coming off an excellent spring, I feel stronger about James’ chances than Board’s. Why Board over Slayton when Slayton has obviously been more productive as a receiver? Because we are talking about wide receiver five or six on the roster if everyone is healthy and Board is both far less expensive and a far more valuable special teams player than Slayton. It really is that simple.

Four rookies — safety Dane Belton, defensive tackle D.J. Davidson, and linebackers Micah McFadden and Darrian Beavers — are in this group. The big question is what will their roles be?

Long snapper Casey Kreiter and punter Jamie Gillan are in this group. Last time I checked, a team needed to carry players at those positions.

I have both Elerson Smith and Jihad Ward in this group, with Ward (31) vs. Smith’s 40. We will see how big a role both guys play for Wink Martindale.

Click on the ‘Profile’ link next to each player’s name to read their 90-man roster profiles, if you have not done so already. Or, should you just need a refresher.

Giants roster rankings

91. Jabari Ellis, DT [Profile]
90. Josh Rivas, OG [Profile]
89. Ryder Anderson, Edge [Profile]
88. Zyon Gilbert, CB [Profile]
87. Chris Hinton, DT [Profile]
86. Darren Evans, CB [Profile]
85. Tomon Fox, Edge [Profile]
84. Andre Miller, TE [Profile]
83. Trenton Thompson, S [Profile]
82. Yusuf Corker, S [Profile]
81. Austin Allen, TE [Profile]

80. Jeremiah Hall, TE [Profile]
79. Jashaun Corbin, RB [Profile]
78. Roy Mbaeteka, OT [Profile]
77. Sandro Platzgummer, RB [Profile]
76. Nick Gates, OL [Profile]
75. Matt Peart, OT [Profile]
74. Devery Hamilton, OL [Profile]
73. Alex Bachman, WR [Profile]
72. Travis Toivonen, WR [Profile]
71. Justin Hilliard, LB [Profile]

70. Keenan Doss, WR [Profile]
69. Austin Proehl, WR [Profile]
68. Niko Lalos, Edge [Profile]
67. Oshane Ximines, Edge
66. Khalil Dorsey, CB [Profile]
65. David Moa, DT [Profile]
64. Robert Foster, WR [Profile]
63. Rodarius Williams, CB
62. Chris Myarick, TE [Profile]
61. Antonio Williams, RB

60. David Sills, WR [Profile]
59. Jalyn Holmes, DE [Profile]
58. Henry Black, S [Profile]
57. Michael Jacquet, CB [Profile]
56. Marcus McKethan, G [Profile]
55. Carter Coughlin, LB [Profile]
54. Jarren Williams, S
53. Maurice Canady, CB [Profile]
52. Korey Cunningham, OT [Profile]
51. Jamil Douglas, OL [Profile]

50. Collin Johnson, WR [Profile]
49. Darius Slayton, WR [Profile]
48. Davis Webb, QB [Profile]
47. Max Garcia, OL [Profile]
46. Ben Bredeson, OL [Profile]
45. Cam Brown, LB [Profile]
44. Ricky Seals-Jones, TE [Profile]
43. Jordan Akins, TE [Profile]
42. Matt Gono, OT [Profile]
41. Gary Brightwell, RB [Profile]

40. Elerson Smith, Edge [Profile]
39. Jamie Gillan, P [Profile]
38. Casey Kreiter, LS [Profile]
37. Darrian Beavers, ILB [Profile]
36. D.J. Davidson, DT [Profile]
35. Dane Belton, S [Profile]
34. Micah McFadden, ILB [Profile]
33. C.J. Board, WR [Profile]
32. Richie James, WR [Profile]
31. Jihad Ward, Edge [Profile]