NY GIANTS 53-MAN ROSTER PROJECTION

Quarterback

Daniel Jones
Tyrod Taylor

PS: Tommy Devito

Michael:
The Quarterback position is locked in. I don’t see the Giants keeping a third active QB on the roster to start the season, and Tyrod Taylor is as good of a backup in this league. There should not be any surprises in this position.

John:
I agree the quarterback position is pretty well locked up. Depending on the preseason, Jones and, Taylor, DeVito could make the practice squad. He was 15 of 24 for 155 yards, with a touchdown and interception in game one against the Lions. They took five sacks and played well.

Running Back

Saquon Barkley
Matt Breida
Eric Gray
Gary Brightwell

Michael:
The Giants re-signed Matt Breida and felt he was a solid backup option. Eric Gray, the fifth-round rookie, is an exciting prospect. He’s built like a prototypical running back. He has good strength between the tackles but may need more top-end speed to finish explosive runs. Going into his second season, Gary Brightwell will make the cut but is not guaranteed a roster spot depending on the training camp competition they bring in. He was a nice change of pace back and played well in his limited role last season, averaging 4.5 Y/A. I’m still determining if the Giants will keep 3 or 4 backs, but I’m airing on the safe side and giving Brightwell a spot since there is uncertainty at the RB position.

John:
The turmoil and drama surrounding the running back situation this offseason was enough to drive anyone crazy. Barkley is secured for the season, so that is great. I like Eric Gray, and he could challenge Breida for snaps all year. The emergency James Robinson signing turned out to be not needed, and the Giants have been allowed to make some tape for other teams to look at for the season.

Wide Receiver

Darius Slayton
WanDale Robinson
Isaiah Hodgins
Parris Campbell
Jalin Hyatt
Sterling Shepard
Collin Johnson

PS: Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Khalil Pimpleton, David Sills, Jamison Crowder

Michael:
The wide receiver room is the most complicated position group to project this season because of depth at the position. I’m not a doctor and won’t cast whether Sterling Shepard and WanDale Robinson will be on the PUP list in week one, so I gave them roster spots. If they are, I’d give the two spots to Bryce Ford-Wheaton and Khalil Pimpelton. The first five guys are locks to be on the roster at some point this season. Sterling Shepard deserves respect and is a valued veteran in that locker room. Even though he is coming off a torn Achilles, the upside of Collin Johnson from his performance in training camp and the preseason last year gave him the final spot over Bryce Ford-Wheaton, although I’m nervous BFW will be picked up off waivers if he isn’t on the 53.

John:
You know there will be Giants fans grumbling that Shepard makes the roster, I understand, but the guy has given his heart and soul to this organization, and if he can prove that he can come back while being productive, I have no issue. With Robinson, the news is he should be coming off PUP, which means he makes the roster. Bryce Ford-Wheaton is so interesting that the Giants will try to get him on the practice squad. Rumors have flown about Collin Johnson being a trade target, so I’d replace him with Cole Beasley.

Tight End

Darren Waller
Daniel Bellinger
Lawrence Cager

PS: Chris Myarick

Michael:
Darren Waller and Daniel Bellinger are locks to make the roster and make up one of the most muscular TE rooms in the NFL. The Giants like Lawrence Cager and want to keep him around this season. Cager has a solid receiving upside and has been compared to Darren Waller in the past and has mentioned how much he is learning from Waller in off-season workouts so far. Cager needs to develop as a run blocker to increase his value to the team and solidify himself on the Giants 53 man roster. Chris Myarick can carve a role for himself in special teams this season. He has good run-blocking versatility, but earning a roster spot at the start of the season will be an uphill battle.

John:
No disagreement here. Waller, Bellinger, and Cager are it. The extra tight end they would keep on the practice squad should be Myarick, but if Tommy Sweeney shows out in the preseason, he has a shot at the spot.

Offensive Line

Andrew Thomas
Evan Neal
John Michael Schmitz
Ben Bredeson
Mark Glowinski
Josh Ezedu
Tyre Phillips
Marcus McKethan
Jack Anderson

Michael:
The first five should be the starting offensive line in week 1. Josh Ezedu is the only lock as a backup. Based on last season, the Giants like Tyre Phillips and Jack Anderson for versatility. Phillips can play guard or tackle if needed, and Anderson can be the backup center and play guard. Lemieux is a tempting option, but it’s tough to check off the dependable category for intelligent, challenging, and dependable because of his injury history. Joe Schoen drafted Marcus McKethan, and as we get further away from the Gettleman years, I imagine Schoen will favor his own draft choices.

John:
I have Matt Peart on the 53; the Giants are not ready to give up on him yet. With Evan Neal in concussion protocol, it gives him another shot to prove himself. McKethan, I agree that Schoen would like to keep him injured for his rookie year; I do not think he will make the 53 but the practice squad. I am a Shane Lemieux guy and rooting for him to be on the roster.

Defensive Line

Dexter Lawrence
Leonard Williams
A’Shawn Robinson
Raheem Nunez-Riches
D.J. Davidson

PS: Jordan Riley, Ryder Anderson

Michael:
The first four should be locks to make the 53-man roster at the start of the season. The FA signing of A’Shawn Robinson and Raheem Nunez-Roches provides excellent depth to the most vital position group on the Giant’s roster. Assuming D.J. Davidson is healthy. The Giants will be interested in seeing what he can become. Jordan Riley will be a project in his first season and spend time on the practice squad.

John:
Yes, the top four are locks without question. Jordan Riley makes the cut because I do not think D.J. Davidson makes it off the active PUP. As for Ryder Anderson, with him being on IR, if they want him to start the season there, he would have to be on the roster to do so.

Outside Linebackers

Kayvon Thibodeaux
Azeez Ojulari
Jihad Ward
Oshane Ximines
Tomon Fox

PS: Elerson Smith

Michael:
This group has stayed the same from last season. I do like Elerson Smith, but he’s been injured too much to give him a spot, and he will most likely start the season on the PS. The Giants like their young group of OLBs and count on them taking a step in year two by keeping the same group.

Inside Linebackers

Bobby Okereke
Darrian Beavers
Micah McFadden
Carter Coughlin
Cam Brown

PS: Troy Brown, Dyontae Johnson

Michael:
I didn’t include Jarrad Davis because of his knee injury. It sounds like he won’t be playing football in 2023. I’d be shocked if the Giants didn’t add to this group before week one. Coughlin and Brown will primarily be in special teams roles. The Giants can sign an ILB to start alongside Okereke, or it’ll be a competition between Beavers and McFadden.

John:
Tomon Fox and Dyontae Johnson make the cut, leaving Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin outside looking in.

Cornerbacks

Adoree Jackson
Deonte Banks
Cor’Dale Flott
Aaron Robinson
Nick McCloud
Tre Hawkins III

PS: Darnay Holmes, Rodarious Williams

Michael:
Tre Hawkins III is the only spot up for debate. The rookie will grab the last place. He’s a big corner (6 ‘3) with 4.4 speed. He’s raw but has a high upside, and with a name like Tre Hawkins III, how could you not be excited? I’d like to see the Giants keep him on the active roster. Darnay Holmes needs to be cut. Darnay consistently cost the Giants with holding penalties and blown coverages. While he played well in small sample sizes, it’s time to move on and get almost 3 million in cap savings. Nick McCloud’s versatility to play safety and CB makes him very valuable, and he will likely stay on the roster this season.

John:
Hawkins will make the cut, and Holmes is in jeopardy of not making it. There is talk of him taking a $3 million salary cut, but I don’t know if that would help. If Robinson does not leave PUP, look for Zyon Gilbert to sneak in.

Safety

Xavier McKinney
Jason Pinnock
Dane Belton
Bobby McCain

Michael:
I only kept four safeties because of Nick McCloud’s versatility to play safety and CB. The Giants drafted Dane Belton in the fourth round last season, and he should be a lock to make the roster. He filled in for Xavier McKinney during his injury last season. Outside of McKinney, this position is thin, but after picking up Pinnock off waivers last season, the Giants like his skill set and experience. The same goes for Bobby McCain as a solid veteran who will provide depth and veteran leadership to the Giants.

John:
Pinnock has looked tremendous in the off-season so far. We know they love Belton, and McKinney is not going anymore. I understand McCain’s value but think he will need more time to make the cut. Look for seventh-round pick Gervarrius Owens to make the practice squad.

Specialists

Graham Gano
Jamie Gillian
Casey Kreiter