Giants have been busy this off season with many free agent signings and players leaving.
Here’s my predicted depth chart for the upcoming season pre-NFL draft for the New York Giant offense:
QB: Eli Manning/ Ryan Nassib/ Curtis Painter:
This position is all but set in stone two time for Superbowl Champ Eli Manning. He’ll be the starting QB once the season begins and with the resigning of Curtis Painter, it seems unlikely the Giants will go QB at all in the draft after drafting Ryan Nassib in last year’s draft.
RB: Rashad Jennings/ David Wilson/ Peyton Hillis:
Rashad Jennings sures up what was a disastrous position for the Giants last year for most of the season. With Wilson’s career in jeopardy due to his injuries, plus the tread on Peyton Hillis and the fact that he’s a power back leaves the Giants with a curious decision about backing up Jennings. They could stand pat and trust Wilson and Hillis, draft a running back in the middle rounds or bring back last year’s leading running back Andre Brown, who is still a free agent.
FB: Henry Hynoski/ John Conner:
Zero chance the Giants get another fullback in the draft or free agency. Interesting position battle in training camp will be between these two as most likely the Giants will only keep one going into the regular season.
WR: Victor Cruz/ Reuben Randle/ Jerrel Jernigan/Mario Manningham/Trindon Holliday:
This is where one of the early round picks could go for the Giants. While Cruz has proven to be a great WR, the rest of the core has question marks. Hakeem Nicks left and, although he highly underachieved last year, he still had championship experience. Randle’s inconsistencies last year don’t help either – he needs to be the over the middle WR the Giants saw when he played at LSU. Jernigan had a terrific end of the season and looks to be very similar to Cruz, but has yet to play a full season.Manningham, the Super Bowl hero, returns but not too much expected from him. And Holliday will simply be a return man in the upcoming season.
TE: Bear Pascoe/ Adrian Robinson:
This is where many think the Giants will draft in the first round, if not the second round as neither of the two players seem up to starting at this point in their careers. After the disappointing season and the departure of tight end Brandon Myers, the Giants will be looking to sure up a position that has found much success during the Eli/Coughlin era. The name that surfaces when it comes to who the Giants will draft in the first round is Eric Ebron, a 6 ft 6 pass catching machine out of North Carolina University.
Quick offensive line note: Many guys on the offensive line are flexible in terms of what position along the line they can play and thus movement among positions is very likely. This depth chart is purely based on who plays where as of right now.
LT: Will Beatty/ Charles Brown/ Troy Kropog:
Giants offensive line rebuild was fierce this off season and many of the Giants offensive line problems begin with Beatty. Beatty received a big contract extension before last season and didn’t deliver. While it was clear he was playing hurt, it is time for him to step up in a big way this season. If not, back up is there with Charles Brown coming over from the Saints and both Geoff Schwartz and Justin Pugh also able to play left tackle. It’s key to also note that the Giants may still look in the draft to get a left tackle as there is three top guys who look to be potential stars (Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson, Taylor Lewan).
LG: Geoff Schwartz/John Jerry/ Brandon Mosely:
Schwartz, the top offensive line pickup for the Giants, will be a key to stabilizing this offensive line as he did an awesome job in Kansas City; Not only did he open holes for Jamaal Charles, but he also did a great job protecting Alex Smith in the pocket. Then Jerry is an interesting story from Miami, apart from that whole Incognito-Martin fiasco, was a solid offensive lineman in Miami and will be in a backup role here in New York. It’ll be interesting to see how he acts now away from that situation as the Giants look for his character to improve.
C: JD Walton/ Dallas Reynolds:
The least stable of the whole offense right now due to the fact that starter Walton, over from Denver, has an injury prone past and Reynolds has a lack of experience. Look for the Giants to add another center in the middle rounds of the draft to improve upon this.
RG: Chris Snee/ John Jerry/ James Brewer:
Snee did an old time sports move and took a big pay cut to stay with the Giants and, although he was hurt last season, he still looks to give it another run and show he still has something left. Jerry is also there as backup for Snee in case the injury lingers this season.
RT: Justin Pugh/Charles Brown/John Jerry:
Pugh was the best offensive lineman the Giants had last year. By the end of the last season (Pugh’s rookie year) he was really coming into his own at right tackle and seemed to be improving every game. The Giants will look toward Pugh once again to be consistent and continue to improve every game as he has potential to play the left tackle spot of blocking Eli’s blindside.