New York Giants unofficial depth chart

Posted Sep 1, 2014

The Giants have released their first unofficial depth chart for the 2014 regular season.'s Dan Salomone brings you five takeaways from the release of the Giants' unofficial depth chart:

1. Rookie Weston Richburg is a starter.

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The second-round draft choice out of Colorado State is listed at first-team left guard, followed by Dallas Reynolds and Geoff Schwartz, who was originally the starter but is currently out with a dislocated toe. Richburg, who spent time at all three interior positions in camp and is also listed as the backup center, played in all five preseason games, starting the finale against New England at left guard in place of Schwartz.

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.


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.

5. Preston Parker is the primary punt returner.

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.


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
Corey Washington
QB Eli Manning Ryan Nassib  
FB Henry Hynoski    
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  
P Steve Weatherford    
H Steve Weatherford    
K Josh Brown    
LS Zak DeOssie    
KR Quintin Demps Preston Parker Jerrel Jernigan
PR Preston Parker Rueben Randle Jerrel Jernigan