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Giants unofficial depth chart: John Michael Schmitz, Darrian Beavers, Jason Pinnock with starters

Let’s see what we can learn from this unofficial release

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In advance of Friday evening’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, the New York Giants have released their first unofficial depth chart of 2023.

Please remember, this is unofficial. These are generally done by public relations with some input from the coaching staff, and they often don’t match what we see during practice. In what you will read below, that is the case in a few spots.

Let’s go through the chart nonetheless.

Giants 2023 Depth Chart — Offense

Position Player Player Player
Position Player Player Player
WR Jalin Hyatt Isaiah Hodgins
WR Darius Slayton Sterling Shepard
WR Wan'Dale Robinson Parris Campbell
RT Evan Neal Tyre Phillips
RG Mark Glowinski Marcus McKethan Tyre Phillips, Ben Bredeson
C John Michael Schmitz Ben Bredeson Sean Harlow
LG Justin Pugh Ben Bredeson Tyre Phillips, Marcus McKethan
LT Andrew Thomas Justin Pugh Joshua Miles
RB Saquon Barkley Matt Breida Jashaun Corbin, Deon Jackson
TE Daniel Bellinger Lawrence Cager
QB Daniel Jones Tommy Devito

The first thing that jumps out is that rookie John Michael Schmitz is listed as the starting center, with Ben Bredeson at left guard. I believe Schmitz will end up in that role, but Bredeson was No. 1 center Saturday and Monday, so that spot is not completely settled.

Bredeson and Josh Ezeudu are also competing at left guard. Bredeson is probably favored to win that job if he isn’t the starting center, but that is hardly a given. It’s kind of silly that the chart lists Ezeudu as a backup at right guard. I haven’t seen him take a snap there yet this summer.

The fact that the Giants list Sterling Shepard as an outside receiver just is confirmation of how deep they are in the slot.

Giants 2023 Depth Chart — Defense

Position Player Player Player
Position Player Player Player
NT Dexter Lawrence Rakeem Nunez-Roches Jordon Riley
DT A'Shawn Robinson D.J. Davidson
Rush Kayvon Thibodeaux Boogie Basham
DE Jihad Ward Boogie Basham
MLB Bobby Okereke Carter Coughlin
WILL Micah McFadden Isaiah Simmons Cam Brown
LCB Adoree' Jackson Tre Hawkins III Nick McCloud
RCB Deonte Banks Tre Hawkins III
Slot CB Cor'Dale Flott Darnay Holmes
SS Jason Pinnock Dane Belton Bobby McCain
FS Xavier McKinney Gervarrius Owens

What I have done here is listed the positions, like ‘Rush’ and ‘DE’, the way the team has them listed.

Darnay Holmes is shown as the starting slot cornerback, but that is anything but certain.

Darrian Beavers is listed as the starting WILL, and I do believe that is how this will turn out, but he is still competing with Micah McFadden.

Jason Pinnock is listed as the starter at strong safety, and that has been clear for a while when watching practice.

Giants 2023 Depth Chart — Special Teams

Position Player Player Player
Position Player Player Player
LS Casey Kreiter
H Jamie Gillan
P Jamie Gillan
PK Cade York Randy Bullock
PR Gunner Olszewski Adoree' Jackson Darnay Holmes
KOR Parris Campbell Darnay Holmes

The primary thing to note here is rookie running back Eric Gray being listed as the punt returner. He might end up with both the punt and kickoff return jobs.