John Fennelly, Lead WriterIt’s a little early to talk about players on the roster bubble, but with the Giants going hog wild in free agency and addressing needs in the draft, they suddenly have an excess of talent a number of positions. The offense, which was deemed “broken” by CEO John Mara this past winter, has gotten a facelift: a new offensive coordinator, a new system and a positive outlook.
Below is a quick look at each offensive unit and who will be in and may may be out…
Quarterback: Eli Manning appears to be on target to take the serious snaps this summer, so what we’ll be focusing on is his primary backup. Should Ryan Nassib display that he’s matured to the point where the team is confident he’s ready and able, the Giants may decide to go back to the two QB strategy. If not, Curtis Painter will retained. Not a simple choice, but if Nassib can step up, it would save a roster spot for someone at another position.
Offensive Line: Justin Pugh will start at right tackle. The starter at LT will be either Will Beatty or Charles Brown. The center will be either JD Walton or rookie Weston Richburg. Chris Snee, if he proves he’s healthy, will start at RG. Geoff Schwartz is the LG. John Jerry is dealing with a knee issue right now, but the team expects him to compete for a spot. That’s eight roster spots spoken for. The rest of the group will have to sing for their supper. Eric Herman, Brandon Mosley and James Brewer remain in the mix, but they will all be pushed by Steven Baker, Dallas Reynolds, Troy Kropog, Jamaal Johnson-Webb and Rogers Gaines. For the people who cried the offensive line had no depth after last season, it looks like the Giants have enough bodies to choose from this summer.
Tight End: You have to think Adrien Robinson is going to win this job. Reese is probably giddy over landing USC’s Xavier Grimble in the UDFA Market. Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells are NFL caliber vets that can hold their own. Larry Donnell is still a favorite of the organization and will get a legit shot to make the roster. So who will prevail? A-Rob is in, but the rest will have to depend on their performance in camp. Davis is likely to stick because of his blocking and short-yardage receiving skills. Grimble can be placed on the practice squad, but Reese may not want to risk losing him.
Running Back / Fullback: Rashad Jennings was brought in to be the premier back. Rookie Andre Williams will likely be the change-up. Peyton Hillis will be kept because he’s just too good a football player to cut. Many see him as a John Kuhn-type. Michael Cox is improving but his fate may hinge on how the David Wilson scenario plays out. Jon Conner and Henry Hynoski will battle it out at FB, but there is a chance both will be kept. Some hard cuts may be coming.
Wide Receiver: Victor Cruz are Rueben Randle are back as the primaries, while rookie Odell Beckham Jr. hopes to fill the hole left by Hakeem Nicks. Jerrel Jernigan will be the fourth and Trindon Holliday will make the roster, but as a returner. Mario Manningham has to be healthy to beat out the up-and-coming Julian Talley. There could be a surprise emerging out of the group consisting of: Marcus Harris, Corey Washington, Parker Preston, Travis Harvey and Kris Adams, but six may be the limit this year.