We’ve been asked to provide a current depth chart of the Giants. Keep in mind, free agency is still ongoing and the draft will certainly shake things as well.
Here is the current state of the offense, depth-wise:
Eli Manning (starter), Curtis Painter, Ryan Nassib: The Giants will carry three QBs again this season unless Nassib can display he’s made significant progress to become the primary backup. Right now, that’s hard to fathom. The trade-up and selection of Nassib last season has been a head-scratcher thus far.
Rashad Jennings (starter), Peyton Hillis, David Wilson, Michael Cox: The Giants didn’t bring Jennings in here to watch. He’s going to get the football and he’s going to get it frequently. Wilson, who may start the season on PUP, will be free to do what he does best: return kicks and serve as a change-up back or third down option.
John Conner, Henry Hynoski, Kendall Gaskins: It seemed clear to most that Conner was the guy, but the club has brought Hynoski back to challenge him in camp. I still say Conner is the guy.
Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells: There’s a very good chance none of these guys is the team’s starter come September. The Giants will likely draft or sign a top name this spring. In fact, you can bet on it.
Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle (starters), Jerrel Jernigan, Mario Manningham, Kris Adams, Julian Talley, Marcus Harris, Trindon Holliday (KR), Preston Parker: The team likes this group, but there is always room for improvement. Barring Mike Evans falling into their laps in the draft, the Giants will likely wait until the middle rounds to add a WR.
Will Beatty and Justin Pugh (starters), Charles Brown, Stephen Baker, Troy Kropog. A thin group that could be augmented by one or two of the below guards or a draft pick. If Beatty has to start the season on PUP, that thins things out even more. Many see the Giants bringing in a tackle through the draft.
Geoff Schwartz and Chris Snee (starters), John Jerry, James Brewer, Brandon Mosley, Eric Herman, Stephen Goodin: Schwartz solves a lot of the issues the team had at this position. A nice upgrade. If Snee is healthy enough to tough out another year, the Giants appear set. If not, they have experienced options in Jerry, Brewer and Mosley. They are still high on Herman. Goodin has been around the team for three seasons now. He’s played mostly guard, but possibly could be tried at center.
JD Walton, Dallas Reynolds: A lot is riding on the health of Walton, who can be the story of the year if he makes a full comeback. If not, the Giants will have to insert Reynolds or find another option through the draft. They may even convert a player that’s already on their roster, such as Goodin.
Synopsis: The Giants have brought in some bodies to fill holes. Jennings and Schwartz I see as upgrades. Manningham, if healthy, adds depth at WR. The biggest needs are still TE and center. They also could use another left tackle.
Up next: Defense