As I said last week, there is going to be a lot of competition once the New York Giants are able to put their players to work in offseason training. This year it will be located in East Rutherford, New Jersey at Quest Diagnostic Training Center.
The true battles are going to be between the rookies in the new draft class fighting to make the 53-man roster. There will be 90 men at camp, 42 of which were on the roster at some time last season. Today I’m going to be discussing who I think will definitely make the team and where the competition lies with some of the men.
For me I believe the first few draft picks will 100 percent make the team. When looking at the Giants’ depth chart, Odell Beckham, Weston Richburg, Jay Bromley, and CJ Barnett all fall in the number two-player category so realistically all of them would be safe from cuts.
Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz will start at wide receiver, leaving Rueben Randle and Mario Manningham as backups. Beckham brings a necessary strength to the Giant offense and was the ideal pick for the team so we wouldn’t want to see him go.
When we talk starting center there will definitely be competition between J.D Walton and rookie Weston Richburg. Richburg is a little smaller then the average center, at 298 pounds, but he’s smart and good at the position. Walton is a veteran and will most likely be the starter while practicing at center and Richburg will get a shot later on in camp. It is said that Richburg can also practice taking snaps at guard because of Chris Snee’s issues with his hips and elbow. This competition is surely going to continue all through out training camp.
It’s extremely hard to say where I think these guys are going to end up because I haven’t seen them work together yet. However, for a bunch of them they might just find themselves on the practice squad or unfortunately cut. Emmanuel Dieke, Eathyn Manumaleuna, Kerry Wynn, Devon Kennard, and Justin Anderson all fill out the third man slot and aren’t necessarily needed. They would need to prove that they are necessities to the team and should deserve a spot on the 53-man roster as well. After the number three players I think that’s where things get questionable.
Rookie Andre Williams is located in the fifth spot on the depth chart and would really have to duel it out for a chance to backup running back Rashad Jennings. Williams was the fourth round draft pick and if he proves himself would probably knock out Michael Cox, freeing up a spot on the roster for himself.
Xavier Grimble on the other hand is the fifth man on the depth chart but has as good of a shot as any of the tight ends going out for the spot so the competition there will be a good one. The others fighting for the position are Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis. If he wants it he can potentially have it.
Nobody is truly given a spot on the team so offseason practice will be the place to shine. Thursday media coverage will be allowed to watch the practice so we will know further what’s really going on there and who looks like an impending threat.