Ask #GiantsChat: Final Q's before season opener

Giants.com writer John Schmeelk answers your fan-submitted questions from #GiantsChat

Wide receiver Cody Core and linebacker David Mayo, two acquisitions after the announcement of the final 53-man roster, will both be core special teams players. When you get to the bottom of the depth chart at most positions, special teams play will often trump what a player can do on offense and defense because that is where they will likely see playing time. It is often the impetus behind moves near the bottom of the roster.

@ClaytonHardin14 asks about D-line depth:

The Giants’ decision to carry five traditional defensive linemen shouldn’t concern you. If the Giants were still running a traditional 4-3 defense, the conversation would be much different. The Giants play only three down defensive linemen in base defense, which will probably only be on the field 25-30% of the time. When the Giants go to a four-man front in passing situations, outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, Kareem Martin and Oshane Ximines convert to defensive ends, leaving the five defensive linemen to rotate in the two interior defensive line snaps. There are more than enough players to split those snaps.

DeAndre Baker was a full-go at practice this week in his return from a knee injury. Both Baker and Antonio Hamilton are listed as starters on the unofficial depth chart, and Pat Shurmur has said both cornerbacks would play. Considering Baker’s role in the offseason, it would be surprising if he didn’t get most of the snaps with the starters. The Giants cornerbacks will have their hands full against Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb on Sunday.

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