Giants.com's Dan Salomone brings you five takeaways from the release of the Giants' unofficial depth chart:
1. Rookie Weston Richburg is a starter.
Richburg is the only rookie starter on offense, as is Devon Kennard on defense (more on the linebacker position below). Overall, of the 28 positions on the depth chart -- 11 offense, 11 defense, and six special teams -- eight players who were not on the Giants’ roster last season are listed as first-teamers.
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2. Larry Donnell is the first tight end.
Coming off Saturday’s announcement of the 53-man roster, the Giants are moving ahead with their three tight ends, and Larry Donnell is at the top spot, followed by Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Donnell played in all five preseason games with three starts, totaling seven catches for 86 yards, the bulk of which came in the final game against New England. However, this could be a fluid position.
Coach Tom Coughlin has said it might be a group effort with certain players being used in different situations.
3. Johnathan Hankins earned his way onto the first team.
Last year’s second-round draft choice is officially listed with the starters at right defensive tackle. He spent the summer listed on the second team with Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson on the first team.
However, Hankins started all five preseason games alongside Jenkins while Patterson missed the first three games as he recovered from a shoulder injury. Hankins had eight tackles in the preseason after playing in 11 games with no starts as a rookie in 2013.
4. Jameel McClain is still the starting middle linebacker -- for now.
The first-team linebackers are McClain in the middle and rookie Devon Kennard and Jacquian Williams on the outside. However, that could change at any moment as Jon Beason returns to the field today.
The Giants starting middle linebacker, who finished second on the team in tackles last season while playing just 11 games for the Giants, injured his foot during spring football and missed all of training camp.
But the team announced this weekend that Beason, like he had planned since the injury, passed his physical and is eligible to practice and play with the season opener a week away.
The Giants have options at the position, but the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, who was out of football all last season, is first on the depth chart at punt returner.
He is followed by Rueben Randle, who was the main punt returner for the Giants last year, and Jerrel Jernigan.
Parker handled the majority of punts in the preseason, running back a long of 17 yards against the Patriots. Meanwhile, offseason acquisition Quintin Demps is the the first kick returner, as expected.
>> BREAKING DOWN THE PUNT RETURN COMPETITION
|WR||Rueben Randle||Odell Beckham Jr.|
|LT||Will Beatty||Charles Brown|
|LG||Weston Richburg||Dallas Reynolds||Geoff Schwartz|
|C||J.D. Walton||Weston Richburg||Dallas Reynolds|
|RG||Brandon Mosley||John Jerry|
|RT||Justin Pugh||James Brewer|
|TE||Larry Donnell||Daniel Fells||Adrien Robinson|
|WR||Victor Cruz||Jerrel Jernigan||Preston Parker
|QB||Eli Manning||Ryan Nassib|
|RB||Rashad Jennings||Andre Williams||Peyton Hillis|
|LDE||Mathias Kiwanuka||Robert Ayers Jr.||Kerry Wynn|
|LDT||Cullen Jenkins||Jay Bromley|
|RDT||Johnathan Hankins||Mike Patterson||Marcus Kuhn|
|RDE||Jason Pierre-Paul||Damontré Moore|
|SLB||Devon Kennard||Jameel McClain|
|MLB||Jameel McClain||Mark Herzlich||Jon Beason|
|WLB||Jacquian Williams||Spencer Paysinger|
|LCB||D.Rodgers-Cromartie||Trumaine McBride||Zack Bowman|
|SS||Antrel Rolle||Nat Berhe|
|FS||Stevie Brown||Quintin Demps|
|RCB||Prince Amukamara||Walter Thurmond III|
|KR||Quintin Demps||Preston Parker||Jerrel Jernigan|
|PR||Preston Parker||Rueben Randle||Jerrel Jernigan|