5 Players Climbing the Depth Chart During New York Giants OTAs

5 Players Climbing the Depth Chart During New York Giants OTAs

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The New York Giants are already deep into their 2014 organized team activities. OTAs are important for the Giants this season as the team must adjust to a new offensive system and dozens of new players. Several players have taken advantage of the opportunity and have made their mark on coaches. Here are five players who have stood out and climbed the depth chart thus far.

5. Andre Williams, RB

Andre Williams, New York Giants
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5. Andre Williams, RB

Andre Williams, New York Giants
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Fourth-round pick Andre Williams has benefited from more repetitions during OTAs. Williams' workload has increased due to a muscle strain suffered by Peyton Hillis' and the team being especially cautious with David Wilson's neck injury. The Giants are making a concerted effort to familiarize Williams with the passing game during organized team activities.

4. Cooper Taylor, S

Cooper Taylor, New York Giants
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4. Cooper Taylor, S

Cooper Taylor, New York Giants
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Will Hill's suspension and subsequent release has allowed second-year safety Cooper Taylor to get more snaps during OTAs. Taylor has taken advantage, impressing coaches with his improved hands and coverage skills. If he continues to play at a high level, he will be worked into the Giants' safety rotation.

3. Charles James, CB

3. Charles James, CB
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3. Charles James, CB

3. Charles James, CB
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Charles James has been one of the Giant's biggest OTA surprises. James was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent before the start of last season. During OTAs, he has grabbed a handful of interceptions and looked strong in coverage. The Giants are deep at corner, but James has a chance to emerge as a contributor.

2. Ryan Nassib, QB

Ryan Nassib, New York Giants
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2. Ryan Nassib, QB

Ryan Nassib, New York Giants
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According to multiple reports, Ryan Nassib has looked great during organized team activities. He is progressing under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and throwing the ball well. The Giants will look for Nassib to continue his improved play through training camp and solidify himself as the backup quarterback.

1. Devon Kennard, ILB

Devon Kennard, New York Giants
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1. Devon Kennard, ILB

Devon Kennard, New York Giants
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A broken foot will keep Jon Beason out of the Giants' lineup for around 12 weeks. It is a difficult setback for Big Blue, but Beason's injury presents rookie Devon Kennard with a great opportunity to prove he can be an immediate contributor. Kennard, not veteran Mark Herzlich, assumed the first-team reps when Beason went down.

 

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  • Dennis

    perfect, Dont worry to much about beason he will be back.
    What about the DT and Center