NFL New York Giants

Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the New York Giants in 2014

Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the New York Giants in 2014

JF
Getty Images

This offseason was full of roster turnover for the New York Giants and, as such, there could be quite a few surprises in the starting lineup come September. While there are many positions on the Giants roster where the starter appears to be written in ink, there are still several spots up for grabs where some new faces could make an impact. Click through the slideshow to see who those surprise starters could be.

5. Spencer Paysinger, OLB

SP
Getty Images

5. Spencer Paysinger, OLB

SP
Getty Images

This one won't be as much of a surprise as the others on the list because of Paysinger's strong play to end 2013, but he'll have to compete with Jacquian Williams for the starting weak side linebacker role. Paysinger, a UDFA out of Oregon, has made the ascension from special teamer to role player to possible starter. He's quick enough to stay with tight ends and backs in space and has been a reliable tackler which could give him the inside track.

4. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR

OBJ
Noah K. Murray- USA Today Sports

4. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR

OBJ
Noah K. Murray- USA Today Sports

While the Giants drafted Odell Beckham, Jr. with the 12th overall pick in this year's draft, he's still behind Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and perhaps Jerrel Jernigan on the receiver depth chart. New York typically works their skill position players in slowly, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Beckham didn't see the field right away. But with his speed and explosiveness, it also shouldn't surprise anyone if he's in the starting lineup Week 1.

3. Weston Richburg, C

WR
Mark J. Rebilas- USA Today Sports

3. Weston Richburg, C

WR
Mark J. Rebilas- USA Today Sports

Weston Richburg was the Giants' second-round pick in this year's draft, and he'll compete with former Denver Bronco J.D. Walton for the starting center spot this year. While Walton is the veteran, he's missed the better part of the last two seasons with injuries and shouldn't be counted on to come out victorious in this position battle. Richburg fits Ben McAdoo's scheme very well and could find himself snapping the ball to Eli Manning in Detroit.

2. Damontre Moore, DE

DM
Getty Images

2. Damontre Moore, DE

DM
Getty Images

With the departure of Justin Tuck to Oakland, the Giants' traditionally feared defensive ends have quite a few question marks, which include the health of Jason Pierre-Paul. While Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers might get the first crack at replacing Tuck, Moore showed a great motor and the knack to make big plays in his limited playing time last season which could earn him a longer look from the team this training camp.

1. Jermichael Finley, TE

JF
Getty Images

1. Jermichael Finley, TE

JF
Getty Images

This would rank as perhaps the biggest surprise of the bunch, simply because it's a player who is not on the team as of yet. Of course, when you consider the Giants' glaring need at tight end and the connection between new offensive coordinator McAdoo and Finley from Green Bay, perhaps it wouldn't be as much of a surprise if Finley was in Giant blue and in the starting lineup for the beginning of the season.