Giants Depth Chart: Richburg, Donnell starters

The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday with second round draft pick Weston Richburg a starter at left guard. Richburg is playing the position in place of Geoff Schwartz, who is out with a dislocated toe.

The Giants also have Larry Donnell listed as the first team tight end followed by Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson.


WR Rueben Randle Odell Beckham Jr.
LT Will Beatty Charles Brown
LG Weston Richburg Dallas Reynolds Geoff Schwartz
C J.D. Walton Weston Richburg Dallas Reynolds
RG Brandon Mosley John Jerry
RT Justin Pugh James Brewer
TE Larry Donnell Daniel Fells Adrien Robinson
WR Victor Cruz Jerrel Jernigan Preston Parker
Corey Washington
QB Eli Manning Ryan Nassib
FB Henry Hynoski
RB Rashad Jennings Andre Williams Peyton Hillis
LDE Mathias Kiwanuka Robert Ayers Jr. Kerry Wynn
LDT Cullen Jenkins Jay Bromley
RDT Johnathan Hankins Mike Patterson Marcus Kuhn
RDE Jason Pierre-Paul Damontré Moore
SLB Devon Kennard Jameel McClain
MLB Jameel McClain Mark Herzlich Jon Beason
WLB Jacquian Williams Spencer Paysinger
LCB D.Rodgers-Cromartie Trumaine McBride Zack Bowman
SS Antrel Rolle Nat Berhe
FS Stevie Brown Quintin Demps
RCB Prince Amukamara Walter Thurmond III
P Steve Weatherford
H Steve Weatherford
K Josh Brown
LS Zak DeOssie
KR Quintin Demps Preston Parker Jerrel Jernigan
PR Preston Parker Rueben Randle Jerrel Jernigan


John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Surprises: none. Pretty much what we predicted last week when we did our roster forecast.  Someone has to start at TE, so why not Donnell, who was the most productive during camp?

Richburg has been everything the Giants expected he would be at this stage of his development and are comfortable with him spelling Schwartz. What happens when Schwartz returns will be the bigger decision. Does Richburg replace Mosley or Walton? We’ll see.

The Giants didn’t shell out $16.8 million for Jon Beason to sit the bench. As soon as he’s ready, he’ll be in at MLB. That will displace one – or all – of the other starters listed. McClain will likely go back to the strong side while Williams stays at WLB. Kennard will see a lot of time as well. Perhaps the Giants will get creative here with some packages that will get all four on the field at the same time.

Hankins was a highly-touted pick last season and has played well enough to earn a starting spot. Patterson is coming off a shoulder ailment and will be used in the rotation as a backup.


LB Jon Beason recorded 12 tackles (11 solo) in Giants debut last week in Chicago.

Beason practices, Beckham Jr. sits

The Giants received good news on the practice front as linebacker Jon Beason, on the PUP list all camp after a foot injury during OTAs, was back on the field practicing on Monday (Graziano, Sept. 1).

The same could not be said for first round pick Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham Jr. has nursed his hamstring since July and doesn’t look like he will be ready for Week 1.

Tom Coughlin said he spoke to Beckham today and said “Let’s not have any setbacks.” Beckham is likely 2-3 weeks from returning to full duty. He also asked the media to stop asking about Beckham.

Monday Morning Notes: Regular season begins today

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants will put their slimmed-down 53-man roster to work today at QDTC as they begin preparations for their regular-season opener one week from tonight in Detroit vs the Lions.

Yesterday, they began filling out their 10-man practice squad. Seven players were signed:

RB Michael Cox, WR Julian Talley, CB Chandler Fenner, DE Jordan Stanton, LB Dan Fox, CB Bennett Jackson and OT Nick Becton. All but Becton, who was released last week by the Chargers, were in training camp with the Giants this summer.

DT Kelcy Quarles, waived by the Giants on Saturday, was claimed by the New England Patriots.

The new offense will continue to work out it’s “kinks” (for the lack of a more stinging word) this week in the hopes they can perform with some semblance of order next Monday in Detroit.

OL Geoff Schwartz (toe) will likely learn his fate on Tuesday on whether the team plans to place him on short-term IR or not. WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hamstring) doesn’t appear as if he’s ready to practice or play yet. Ugh.

Some good news…

MLB Jon Beason is scheduled to resume practicing today after spending all summer on the PUP list with a broken bone in his foot. He will lead the most formidable group of LBs the Giants have fielded in years.

Six of the team’s seven draft picks made the squad: Beckham, OL Weston Richburg, DL Jay Bromley, RB Andre Williams, S Nat Berhe and LB Devon Kennard. Only seventh-round pick CB Bennett Jackson was cut, but was immediately signed back to the practice squad.

QB Ryan Nassib made great strides this summer, mastering new OC Ben McAdoo’s offense and winning the confidence of everyone in the building. His maturation allowed the club to go back to their two-QB model, waiving Curtis Painter.

In case you missed it…

The Giants hope veteran corner Zack Bowman pays off this season. >>> Read more in the NY Post. 

The Giants have a 7-man practice squad led by running back Mike Cox and 2014 sixth round pick Bennett Jackson. >>> Read more at ESPN New York. 

The Giants wanted to sign DT Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad, but the Patriots nabbed him on waivers.

All eyes are on Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo with the season opener this week against the Lions. >>> Read more in the Daily News. 




Giants practice squad additions

The waiver wire time has passed and teams can start adding players to the practice squad. The Giants have added, per reports, LB Dan Fox and CB Bennett Jackson, two players cut on Saturday. They are expected to sign eight more.

Jackson was a sixth round pick out of Notre Dame.

 Update (1:30): DE Jordan Stanton was also added to the squad per reports.

Also signed today were RB Michael Cox, CB Chandler Fenner, WR Julian Talley and tackle Nick Becton, who was waived by San Diego in the cutdown to 75 players on Tuesday.

The Giants still have three open spots to fill.

Update (6:09): OT Rogers Gaines cleared waivers and has been reverted to the team’s IR list. More to come on this…

Sunday Mailbag: Practice Squad; Roster moves

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

A few answers to some questions that are coming in….

The practice squads can now accommodate ten players instead of eight. All first-year players and anyone who has not been on a practice squad for more than two seasons or does not have a full accrued season (active for nine games) of NFL service are eligible. Others could be eligible as well. The league will have to approve those players who have more than two accrued seasons of free agent credit on a case-by-case basis.

Players added to a practice squad can be elevated to active duty by any of the league’s 32 teams. They cannot be poached from PS to PS. If a team wishes to sign a PS player, they must be added to an active 53-man roster.

Any player placed on IR before 4pm yesterday, is gone for the season. Any player who began training camp on PUP, is eligible for regular-season PUP. If they participated in training camp, they are not eligible for PUP.

Teams can place players “short-term” IR beginning Tuesday.

Will the Giants’ pursue Michael Sam?

Fennelly: No. Where would they put him? He’s not better than any of the DEs or LBs on their roster. He will likely end up on the Rams’ practice squad. They are the only team that has shown any public interest in him to date.

The Giants need OL help. Will they look to find some this week?

Fennelly: They’ve been looking, and I assume they will continue. The problem is the players they have are still in the process of gelling with each other and acclimating to the new offensive system. The player, or players, they add would need to have a background in a west coast-style system along with being an upgrade over the player they are replacing on the roster.

Sunday Morning Notes: Roster set; Practice squad to be named today

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Today is August 31st, which is Player’s Day Off. Today is also the day NFL teams can begin to assemble their 10-man practice squads (after 12pm).

Yesterday, the Giants announced their 53-man roster with little fanfare or surprise. I was pretty much on target in my prediction, missing only the cutting of TE Kellen Davis and the retaining of UDFA DE Kerry Wynn.

“There were a lot of good, competitive positions, even going into Thursday night’s game with New England,” head coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday as per the Giants’ website. “Many of the young guys were competing, not only for roster spots but for the practice squad. That is an important concept as well. It is in the best interest of the clubs to be able to go to their practice squad, if the need is there, for a player who has been in your meeting rooms the entire summer and fall.”

The only real surprise to me was Wynn. He played quite a bit this preseason (mostly in the second half of games) and the coaches apparently liked what they saw out of him. He is only one of two UDFAs to crack the roster this season (WR Corey Washington is the other.)

“I like the fact that he has very good size (6-5, 264) and he runs well,” Coaughlin said of Wynn. “He flashed in the preseason and he is a young prospect that works hard, studies hard. We think he has a lot of upside.”

Washington and Wynn are the kind of young players with stories that keep Coughlin, who turns 68 today, coming back year after year.

“They’re great stories and that’s what this thing is all about,” Coughlin said. “Your needs are much deeper than seven picks in the draft or sometimes you’re not in position to help yourself in free agency because of the cap, so this is still the source. And when a young guy comes along and they look like they’ve got a high end, you’re excited about it. Especially when they work hard, they study hard, it’s important to them and they have great desire. You can see it on some of these kids’ faces that this means so much to them, and quite frankly it re-energizes me.

The majority of the players waived by the Giants the past few days are eligible for that practice squad under the new rules. We will report on that as it develops.

The roster is now at 53, but it is in no way the final cut. During the week, the team will surely make a few changes to accommodate for injuries i.e. OL Geoff Schwartz may be placed on short-term IR.

The team begins Week One of the regular season with a morning practice on Monday. MLB Jon Beason, who spent the summer on the PUP list, is expected to be on the field.

“He’s ready to practice,” Coughlin said. “You need that kind of dynamic leadership. The guy loves the game, he loves to play it. He’ll have the biggest smile on his face come Monday when he trots out there.”

In case you missed it…

Giants wide receiver Corey Washington, from Newberry College, completed his longshot bid to the NFL as he survived final cuts for the Giants on Saturday.  >>> Read more in the NY Post.

The Giants’ final roster has 24 players who weren’t on the roster last year, a 45-percent turnover.

ESPN New York as a cut-down day analysis>>> Read more at ESPN New York.

Geoff Schwartz could miss half a season with a toe injury. >>> Read more in the NY Daily News. 

The Star-Ledger has a breakdown of the roster, defense-special teams and the offense


Giants cuts and 53-man roster

The Giants have moved OL Eric Herman and CB Jayron Hosley to the reserved suspended list and have cut DE Israel Idonije, DL Kelcy Quarles, LB Dan Fox, TE Kellen Davis, CB Bennett Jackson, OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb, FB John Conner, QB Curtis Painter, OL Adam Gress and DE Jordan Stanton. The Giants also placed WR Mario Manningham and WR Trindon Holliday on season-ending injured reserves.

The Giants have eight more cuts to make to reach the 53-man roster limit.

Update: 12:45 p.m.: The Giants have released RB Kendall Gaskins.

Update: 4:15 p.m.: Seven more cuts: S Thomas Gordon; OL Rogers Gaines; WR Julian Talley; OT Mark Asper; DB Chandler Fenner; RB Michael Cox; LB Terrell Manning.

The Giants final roster:

Offense (25)
QB (2): Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
RB (3): Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams
FB (1): Henry Hynoski
WR (6): Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Odell Beckham Jr., Preston Parker, Corey Washington
TE (3): Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson
OL (10): Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, Justin Pugh, John Jerry, Weston Richburg, Charles Brown, James Brewer, Dallas Reynolds

Defense (25)
DL (10): Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Robert Ayers Jr., Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Damontre Moore, Jay Bromley, Kerry Wynn
LB (6): Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich
DB (9): Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe, Zack Bowman

Special Teams (3)
Kicker: Josh Brown
Punter: Steve Weatherford
Snapper: Zak DeOssie .

Giants cut QB Painter, Nassib wins backup job

The Giants cut backup quarterback Curtis Painter as they continue to pair down the roster. Painter and last year’s fourth round draft pick Ryan Nassib were involved in a camp battle for the backup quarterback job. Nassib came on late and head coach Tom Coughlin  likes to carry two quarterbacks if possible. Painter spent most of last season as Manning’s backup, but Nassib won the job in preseason.

The Giants need to cut 22 players to get to the 53-man limit by 4 p.m.  Other players cut this morning can be found here