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Giants first unofficial depth chart: What can we learn?

For starters, how about not to take this too seriously

NFL: JUL 30 New York Giants Training Camp Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In advance of Thursday’s preseason game against the New England Patriots, the New York Giants have released their first UNOFFICIAL depth chart of 2022. Let’s review and see what we can learn.

By the way, in releasing the depth chart the Giants PR Dept. issues this statement:

“As always, it is subject to change. It simply serves as a guide, more so for the media than the coaches.”

Just keep that in mind. You may see things unfold differently on Thursday.

2022 Depth Chart — Offense

Position Player Player Player
Position Player Player Player
WR Kenny Golladay David Sills Darius Slayton
WR Wan'Dale Robinson* Richie James
RT Evan Neal Devery Hamilton Tyre Phillips
RG Mark Glowinski Ben Bredeson Jack Anderson
C Jon Feliciano Ben Bredeson
LG Ben Bredeson Joshua Ezeudu Tyre Phillips
LT Andrew Thomas Joshua Ezeudu Devery Hamilton
RB Saquon Barkley Matt Breida Gary Brightwell, Antonio Williams
FB Chris Myarick
WR Kadarius Toney Sterling Shepard
TE Daniel Bellinger Tanner Hudson
QB Daniel Jones Tyrod Taylor

My first thought here is that you can see in print how much of a mess the offensive line depth is. Will Holden and Eric Smith just signed as replacements for injured Matt Gono and Marcus McKethan, and will likely be relied upon to play significant snaps. No offense to either of them, but that’s probably not good since neither will have a full grasp of the playbook.

Rookie Joshua Ezeudu was held out of practice on Monday, and per Aaron Wilson on Twitter the Giants held yet another offensive line workout. So, there could be one more new face before Thursday.

Darius Slayton fans will see Darius Slayton listed as second team, and think all of the doom and gloom forecasts about him perhaps not making the team have been silly. Watching practice throughout camp, though, it’s clear that C.J. Board and Collin Johnson — listed behind him — have gotten more opportunities and thus far played better.

I also found it interesting that the Giants actually list undrafted free agent Jeremiah Hall as a running back. He and the now-injured Andre Miller are both, technically, tight ends. They have, though, recently been sharing fullback responsibilities.

2022 Depth Chart — Defense

Position Player Player Player
Position Player Player Player
NT Dexter Lawrence Justin Ellis D.J. Davidson
DT Leonard Williams Nick Williams
DE Azeez Ojulari Jihad Ward
RUSH Kayvon Thibodeaux* Oshane Ximines Tomon Fox
MLB Tae Crowder Micah McFadden Carter Coughlin
WILL Austin Calitro Micah McFadden Cam Brown
LCB Adoree' Jackson Cor'Dale Flott Nick McCloud
RCB Aaron Robinson Cor'Dale Flott Justin Layne
NICKEL Darnay Holmes Cor'Dale Flott
SS Julian Love Dane Belton Jason Pinnock
FS Xavier McKinney Dane Belton Jason Pinnock

For me, the real defensive takeaway is how thin and inexperienced the Giants are when it comes to depth in the secondary.

2022 Depth Chart — Specialists

Position Play er Player Player Player
Position Play er Player Player Player
LS Casey Kreiter
H Jamie Gillan
P Jamie Gillan
PK Graham Gano
PR Richie James Darnay Holmes
KOR Gary Brightwell Richie James

The listing of punt and kickoff returners in relatively meaningless. If he is on the 53-man roster, one of those jobs is going to Richie James. Maybe both.