Predicting the Week 1 Depth Chart for the New York Giants
The New York Giants have made their final roster cuts and turned in their 53-man roster, but I suspect they are not done making moves. They have at least one more to make with the new IR designation, which could be Marvin Austin now that they have placed both Shaun Rogers and Terrell Thomas on season ending injured reserve.
This marks the second straight season Thomas will be out with an injury, despite not requiring surgery after aggravating his knee in the preseason. The Giants seemed optimistic he could make it back at some point, but ruined any chance of that happening with this move. Thomas had actually posted on his website that he expected to play in Week 1.
So with all the moves made, let’s take a look at the projected depth chart for the season opener next Wednesday.
QB – Eli Manning, David Carr
RB – Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Andre Brown, Da’Rel Scott
WR1 – Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle, Ramses Barden
WR2 – Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan
TE – Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson
LT – Sean Locklear, Will Beatty (injury)
LG – Kevin Boothe, Mitch Petrus
C – David Baas, Jim Cordle
RG – Chris Snee
RT – David Diehl, James Brewer
There weren’t that many surprises on the offensive side of the ball. I would have liked to see the Giants cut Cordle to make room for Greg Jones, but apparently the Giants felt they needed a backup center with Boothe now the starting left guard. Scott made the cut over D.J. Ware due to Scott’s special teams ability.
Right DE – Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora
Right DT – Rocky Bernard, Markus Kuhn
Left DT – Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin
Left DE – Justin Tuck, Adewale Ojomo, Adrian Tracy
Weak OLB – Michael Boley, Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger
MLB – Chase Blackburn, Mark Herzlich
Strong OLB – Mathias Kiwanuka, Keith Rivers
CB1 – Corey Webster, Justin Tryon, Jayron Hosley
CB 2 – Prince Amukamara, Michael Coe
SS – Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown
FS – Kenny Phillips, Will Hill
Defense was a bit more surprising. I didn’t expect the Giants to keep nine defensive lineman, which they very well could change if they move Austin to the new IR. However they would likely pick up another defensive tackle if that were the case. Keeping four safeties was surprising to me as well, but they probably like what Brown brings on special teams. The Giants could be in the market for another corner or offensive lineman, so keep your eye out for that.
K – Lawrence Tynes
P – Steve Weatherford
Long Snapper – Zak DeOssie
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