The Real 53

I don't think the Giants have had as good a roster as the one they have now since 2016. There is genuine depth to go with young, ascending talent. Here is what the 53 needs to be to best compete for another playoff run

QB: Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor

This is the easiest group to figure out, but honestly I wouldn't object to carrying a third QB on the practice squad because both guys have been injury prone. I would have loved Josh Johnson but he signed with the Ravens.

RB: Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida, Eric Gray

Brightwell vs. Corbin for a practice squad spot. I've seen some Brightwell roster spot supporters, but Gray can do everything he can and he is younger. There is no need to waste on a roster spot on a fourth RB.

WR: Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton, Jalin Hyatt, Wan'Dale Robinson, Collin Johnson, Parris Campbell

Admittedly this is impossible to figure out right now. Hodgins, Slayton, and Hyatt are all safe. Robinson is probably safe, but maybe he starts the year on PUP so the Giants have some roster flexibility. If Johnson is fully healthy he might be the best receiver on the roster. If Sterling Shepard is fully healthy he still might be the best slot receiver on the roster. Campbell is injury prone but talented, and he has never had a QB as good as Jones throwing him the ball. In the end I feel like seven spots is too much for the WR room but I wouldn't be surprised if Shepard snuck onto the roster. I could even be disregarding Jamison Crowder and Bryce Ford-Wheaton's chances, but they seem like practice squad guys as of now. The six I listed as making the team have the most combined talent though, so I'll go with them.

TE: Darren Waller, Daniel Bellinger, Lawrence Cager

I'm not sold on Sweeney as the third tight end, but the Giants seemed to want at least two blocking tight ends on the roster last year with guys like Myarick getting roster spots despite not being good. However, I would take Lawrence Cager over Sweeney any day of the week so he gets the spot. Cager flashed last year and is plenty athletic, not unlike Darren Waller. I feel like another blocking tight end is on the way but for now I'll rock with these three.

OT: Andrew Thomas, Evan Neal, Tyre Phillips

I'm giving the edge to Phillips over Peart as the swing tackle, but they are about even as players. Peart or Devery Hamilton could land on the practice squad.

IOL: John Michael Schmitz, Mark Glowinski, Joshua Ezeudu, Ben Bredeson, Marcus Mckethan, JC Hassenauer

The offensive line situation is weird, there are a lot of guys who have positional versatility making it difficult to know who the superior player(s) are. The starting five seems to be Thomas, Bredeson, Schmitz, Glowinski, Neal. Ezeudu is safe, Mckethan and Phillips are probably safe, and everybody else is in a dogfight for the last one or two spots.


DL: Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, A'Shawn Robinson, Rakeem Nunez Roches, Jordon Riley

The first four are obvious, and I'm giving Riley a leg up on DJ Davidson as of now. Davidson and Ryder Anderson are practice squad candidates.

OLB: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, Jihad Ward, Oshane Ximines

The first three are set in place. The Giants could keep five here, in which case Tomon Fox and Elerson Smith would compete. I would give the edge to Fox as of now.

ILB: Bobby Okereke, Darrian Beavers, Micah Mcfadden, Cam Brown, Carter Coughlin

This is easily the weakest position group, but Brown and Coughlin will likely be special teamers primarily. Jarrad Davis isn't good.

CB: Adoree Jackson, Tae Banks, Cor'Dale Flott, Tre Hawkins III, Aaron Robinson, Darnay Holmes, Amani Oruwariye

Jackson, Banks, Flott, are safe. Hawkins is probably safe. Robinson or Holmes could be cut, but especially in regard to Holmes they likely would have already done it. Oruwariye has genuine good tape from his Detroit days that is better than anything Nick Mccloud has shown. Mccloud could stick on the practice squad. Rodarius Williams time is up.

S: Xavier Mckinney, Gervarrius Owens, Dane Belton, Jason Pinnock

I am of the belief that Owens will beat out Bobby Mccain, who really has done nothing special in his NFL career. Belton needs to show genuine improvement, and Pinnock will likely start next to Mckinney barring injury. If Mckinney were to be injured this group is in serious trouble.


K: Graham Gano

P: Jamie Gillan

LS: Casey Kreiter


Total: 51

Last two players: Sterling Shepard and Bobby Mccain. Shepard is a great teammate and that counts for more than people give it credit for. Safety is a weakness so added depth is needed there the most.

Thank you if you made it here, GO BIG BLUE!!!

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