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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 Isaiah Hodgins Jalin Hyatt
WR Darius Slayton Sterling Shepard
WR Parris Campbell Wan'Dale Robinson
RT Evan Neal Matt Peart
RG Mark Glowinski Josh Ezeudu
C John Michael Schmitz Shane Lemieux
LG Ben Bredeson Shane Lemieux
LT Andrew Thomas Matt Peart
RB Saquon Barkley Matt Breida Gary Brightwell, Eric Gray
TE Darren Waller Daniel Bellinger Lawrence Cager
QB Daniel Jones Tyrod Taylor

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 Leonard Williams A'Shawn Robinson D.J. Davidson
Rush Kayvon Thibodeaux Boogie Basham
DE Azeez Ojulari Jihad Ward
MLB Bobby Okereke Carter Coughlin
WILL Micah McFadden Isaiah Simmons Cam Brown
LCB Tre Hawkins III Nick McCloud
RCB Deonte Banks Cor'Dale Flott
Slot CB Adoree' Jackson 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 Graham Gano
PR Eric Gray Darnay Holmes Darius Slayton
KOR Eric Gray Gary Brightwell

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.