WHAT DOES THE OFFENSIVE DEPTH LOOK LIKE FOR THE NY GIANTS?

The NY Giants had had many roster issues before GM Joe Schoen took over. From bad free agent signings and busted draft picks to injuries, you name it. Then it most likely happened to them. Schoen vowed to change things and not worry about what he could not control. As far as the 2023 offseason goes, he has done that for the most part. We will look at the offense and how it stacks up by position.

                                                                 Running Back

Over the years, the Giants have always been known as a run-first, pass-second offense. Within the past 15 years or so, there have been a myriad of backs that have had promising careers with the Giants.
With a highly young receiver corps, it is not shocking that the running back position is deep. Star Saquon Barkley is amid a contract dispute and has yet to sign the franchise tag that the Giants tendered to him. He, however, will be the focal point of the running game and, if his talents are used correctly, a passing threat as well.
He was backed up last year by Matt Brieda. A free agent, the Giants brought in with something left in the tank to spell Barkley and be there in case the 2018 2nd overall pick was injured, which he has prone to be. Barkley stayed relatively healthy last year, posting his best season since his rookie year, setting a career-high in rushing yards and scoring ten touchdowns. Breida impressed enough to be re-signed as the backup and will once again spell Barkley throughout games, as the Giants would like to have him close to 100% late in the year.
Gary Brightwell was a 2021 draft pick out of Arizona State. A former slot receiver, he is a one-cut guy without top-end speed. He played sparingly in the offense, although the Giants had him in a more significant role on special teams.
In 2023, fifth-round pick Eric Gray is why this group makes the list. An every-down back due to elite pass-catching ability (Brightwell has that skill, too), Gray was more talented than his fifth-pick. Up and down his college career with a mid-career switch of schools, he could have been overlooked. He will be in the mix to battle Brightwell for third string and has a perfect shot to become Barkley’s primary backup this season and long-term.

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Tight End

As mentioned earlier, the NY Giants loved to play smashmouth football. To do that, you need tight ends willing to block, and they did in guys like Howard Cross and Zeke Mowatt. The position of the tight end gradually shifted into more of an athletic one than a blocking one. The Giants attempted to move on from the old days with players like Jeremy Shockey, Jake Ballard, and first-round pick Evan Engram. Shockey had an excellent career with the Giants; even with the tortuous ending, he still is a fan favorite. Ballard had his injuries, and Engram had those, as well as too many dropped balls.
The offense looks to make a name for the tight ends this year. Coming in from a trade with Las Vegas, Darren Waller will take over the starting role. He is a prototypical tight end, as we know them now. He is a receiver with a 6’6 256 pound frame; he is highly athletic and is a coverage nightmare for opposing defenses—a former Pro Bowler who has posted 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. A healthy Waller opens up the offense immensely.
Before the trade for Waller, the Giants drafted a tight end in Daniel Bellinger last year. He instantly became a fan favorite. He posted 30 receptions for 268 yards with two touchdowns. Playing in only 12 games, he missed weeks 8-12 with a scary eye injury that could have been a lot worse than it was.
Rounding out the tight end depth chart is an exciting player. The former college wide receiver turned tight end, Lawrence Cager. Cager was undrafted from Georgia after his first three college years at the University of Miami. He has bounced around since the NY Jets signed him in 2020. The NY Giants gave him a shot in 2022 after Bellinger’s injury. He has shown flashes of talent that keep the Giants interested. Hopefully, he has a big season in him if called upon.

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The Rest

The NY Giants need a healthy season to compete, and a demanding schedule will test the rest of their roster. They rewarded Daniel Jones with a big contract, and he has been injured. How far can Tyrod Taylor take you? Hopefully, we do not need to find out because Taylor has also had his share of injuries, and right now, Tommy DeVito is third string.
The receiving corps looks good on paper. The problem is the group is largely untested. Isiah Hodges played most of last year and, with not much surrounding him, played very well. Darius Slayton needs to be more consistent to continue to count on, and free agent pick-up Parris Cambell has not played a down in the offense. What do they have in Wan’Dale Robinson, who was hurt for most of last year? The 2023 third-round pick this year Jalin Hyatt, has the hype but has proved nothing. Moral support from the most senior player on the team, Sterling Sheppard, as I do not expect a ton of production from him.
The offensive line has been neglected for so many years that there are still holes in it that need to be plugged. Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Thomas has grown into an elite player, not leaving much room for developmental Matt Peart, who can slip on either side.
Ben Bredeson and Joshua Ezeudu will battle it out for the starting left tackle spot. Mark Glowinski and Shane Lemieux will do the same on the right side.
The center position could be filled with a rookie in John Micheal Schmitz; if she isn’t up for it, then veteran free agent picks J.C. Hassenauer will step in.
As for right tackle, 2023 first-round pick Evan Neal struggled mightily in his rookie year and hopes for a bounce-back year in a big way.