Organized team activities began last week signaling the unofficial start of the 2013 NFL season. Training camp is still more than a month away with preseason games scheduled for August. However, we’re already looking forward to what the New York Giants’ 53-man roster will look like week one this season.
In anticipation, we’ll look at predictions for who will play for the Giants’ offense. Below, I have selected 25 players who may make the team week one of the 2013 season.
The G-Men will have three quarterbacks on their roster; starter Eli Manning, backup David Carr and third stringer, fourth-round pick of the 2013 NFL draft, Ryan Nassib.
Protecting Manning will be the task of an aging offensive line. The O-line went under the knife during the offseason and got a little younger with two draft picks in this years draft. Look for the veterans to start week one; Will Beatty at left tackle, Kevin Booth at left guard, David Bass at center, Chris Snee at right guard and David Diehl at right tackle.
The Giants’ first-round pick Justin Pugh will compete with Diehl in camp this summer for right tackle. Along with Pugh, James Brewer and Brandon Mosley should make the competition for right tackle the most interesting story of preseason.
Jim Cordle will back up Bass at center bringing the total number of offensive lineman on the roster to nine.
At running back, due to the recent injury to Henry Hynoski, the team will carry four players; Andre Brown will start over David Wilson due to his experience, Michael Cox and Ryan Torain will compete for special teams positions as well as possibly substituting at full back.
Hynoski will remain on the roster at full back due to his effectiveness at run blocking and the uncertainty of the Giants running game coming into this season. He is hoping to return week one, but will more than likely miss a few games in the beginning of the season.
Tight end Bear Pascoe may also fill in at full back. The other two tight ends will be former Oakland Raiders free-agent acquisition Brandon Myers and second-year player Adrien Robinson. Myers will be a legit threat as a playmaker for the Giants this season.
Pascoe and Robinson will split time with blocking duties and play on special teams. Robinson is still developing as a tight end. Last year, he was the Giants’ fourth round pick in the draft. This season Big Blue will know if Robinson can develop into NFL caliber tight end or remain a lemon of a draft pick.
The wide receiver position has been generating a lot of press lately. Once Victor Cruz is signed to a long-term contract the Giants will bring six wide outs on to their 53-man roster. Including Cruz, these will likely be; Hakeem Nicks, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle and Ramses Barden. With two healthy pro-bowl receivers, the Giants’ receiving corps will be the strength of the offense.