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Mailbag: David Sills & Giants' wide receiver depth


Joe in North Carolina: Does David Sills have the ability to crack the lineup as a WR3 in 2021?

John Schmeelk: Barring injuries, it is extremely unlikely that David Sills V winds up with the third most snaps on the Giants this season. But in order for that to have any chance of happening, he has to make the roster first, which is no sure thing. The Giants are unlikely to keep more than six receivers on the 53-man roster – they kept five last year.

It is safe to assume Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney will be on the 53. C.J. Board brings so much versatility as a special teams player and is dependable as a pass catcher, which could make him difficult to let go.

After Board, there are players such as Sills, John Ross, Austin Mack, Dante Pettis, Alex Bachman, Damion Willis and special teams whiz Matt Cole. Ross has good speed and Mack has length and strength, but both are battling injuries. Pettis has speed, can play inside or outside receiver, and can contribute as a returner. Bachman was on the practice squad last year, while Willis and Cole were added this summer.

Of that group, Sills has been the most consistent and productive throughout practices and games. How the receiver position shapes up, however, will probably come down to how the players in the group perform in joint practices against the Patriots and in the final preseason game.

Michael in New York: With the shortage of offensive linemen why did the team add so many wide receivers in the off-season instead of a quality lineman?

John Schmeelk: The offensive line group is getting closer to being at full strength again, while wide receivers are still nursing injuries - Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, for example. Linemen Jonotthan Harrison and Shane Lemieux are practicing in full, while Nate Solder is getting closer to returning to the practice field. As cuts happen this week, the Giants will be keeping an eye on any players they like at any position that may become available.

Charlie in Arizona: I hardly hear anything about practice squads. How does the Giants' squad work? During the work week, do players have specific assignments? Do they have a assigned coach? Do they work as a team or as back up players who work in the various team rooms?

John Schmeelk: This piece to describe the practice squad was written by Dan Salomone in 2011 Although the practice squad roster has increased since that time, most of the information holds up well.

Dean in New York: Do you think Saquon Barkley will be 100% for the opener against Denver or good for half of the snaps he is used to playing?

John Schmeelk: There's no way to know what the doctors will say about Barkley's knee three weeks from now, but based on the fact he is continuing to do more in practice there is a chance he could get in the final preseason game. If he does that, and then has another two weeks to be ready for the regular season, it is possible he may receive a full workload. He also might be held back. It will depend on the medical reports, how much work he does the next few weeks, and how the coaches want to handle it.

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