The New York Giants released their first unofficial depth chart ahead of Thursday's preseason opener against the New England Patriots. As always, it is subject to change. It simply serves as a guide, more so for the media than the coaches.
Here is a look at the first unofficial depth chart:
|WR||Kenny Golladay||Darius Slayton||C.J. Board||Collin Johnson||Marcus Kemp, Robert Foster|
|WR||Wan'Dale Robinson*||Richie James||Alex Bachman||Austin Proehl||Sterling Shepard**|
|RT||Evan Neal*||Garrett McGhin||Will Holden||Eric Smith|
|RG||Mark Glowinski||Ben Bredeson||Josh Rivas*|
|C||Jon Feliciano||Jamil Douglas||Ben Bredeson||Nick Gates**|
|LG||Shane Lemieux||Josh Ezeudu*||Max Garcia|
|LT||Andrew Thomas||Josh Ezeudu*||Devery Hamilton||Roy Mbaeteka*||Will Holden, Matt Peart**|
|RB||Saquon Barkley||Matt Breida||Gary Brightwell||Antonio Williams||Jashaun Corbin*, Sandro Platzgummer, Jeremiah Hall*|
|WR||Kadarius Toney||Darius Slayton||David Sills V||Keelan Doss|
|TE||Daniel Bellinger*||Chris Myarick||Andre Miller*||Jordan Akins||Austin Allen*, Ricky Seals-Jones|
|QB||Daniel Jones||Tyrod Taylor||Davis Webb|
|NT||Dexter Lawrence II||Justin Ellis||D.J. Davidson*||David Moa||Christopher Hinton*|
|DT||Leonard Williams||Jalyn Holmes||Nick Williams||Ryder Anderson*|
|DE||Azeez Ojulari***||Jihad Ward||Elerson Smith|
|RUSH||Kayvon Thibodeaux*||Oshane Ximines||Quincy Roche||Tomon Fox*|
|MLB||Blake Martinez||Carter Coughlin||Micah McFadden*||Austin Calitro|
|WILL||Tae Crowder||Darrian Beavers*||Cam Brown|
|LCB||Adoree' Jackson||Rodarius Williams||Darren Evans*||Gavin Heslop|
|RCB||Aaron Robinson||Rodarius Williams||Zyon Gilbert*||Darren Evans*|
|NICKEL||Darnay Holmes||Cor'Dale Flott*||Khalil Dorsey||Michael Jacquet III|
|SS||Julian Love||Dane Belton*||Yusuf Corker*||Andrew Adams||Jarrod Wilson|
|FS||Xavier McKinney||Andrew Adams||Trenton Thompson*||Nate Meadors|
|PR||C.J. Board||Darius Slayton||Adoree' Jackson|
|KOR||C.J. Board||Darius Slayton||Richie James||Alex Bachman|
**Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List
View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.
Here are some notes on the first depth chart:
Where the 2022 draft class lands
General manager Joe Schoen selected 11 players in his first draft, starting with two picks in the top 10 for the first time in franchise history. The Giants currently have four rookies penciled in with the first team. Kayvon Thibodeaux, the fifth overall selection, is listed with the starters at the RUSH position in Wink Martindale's defense. Evan Neal, the seventh overall pick, is on the first team at right tackle, which is where he has been since he arrived. Wan'Dale Robinson, a second-round choice, is one of three wide receivers listed with the first team offense. Fourth-rounder Daniel Bellinger is listed with the ones at tight end.
Kayvon Thibodeaux – RUSH1
Evan Neal – RT1
Wan'Dale Robinson -- WR1
Joshua Ezeudu – LG2, LT2
Cor'Dale Flott – NICKEL2
Daniel Bellinger – TE1
Dane Belton – SS2
Micah McFadden – MLB3
D.J. Davidson – NT3
Marcus McKethan – Reserve/Injured
Darrian Beavers – WILL2
The state of the secondary
With the offseason departures of James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, and Jabrill Peppers, the Giants were in line to have a revamped secondary in 2022. Xavier McKinney, who has been wearing the green dot on his helmet as the defensive signal-caller, is on the top safety tandem alongside the versatile Julian Love. At cornerback, Adoree' Jackson stepped up in place of Bradberry, a former Pro Bowler. Aaron Robinson, a third-round choice who played in nine games with two starts last year as a rookie, is listed opposite of him on the first team. Darnay Holmes is the starting NICKEL cornerback as he is in the middle of a productive training camp. Martindale, who calls him "Dirty 30" because of his toughness and jersey number, mentioned how he likes to go against the offense's best player.
The receiver corps
Most of the corps wore red non-contact jerseys in the spring, creating opportunities for players like Robinson while they rehabbed. But when training camp arrived, Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay were full-go. Toney, last year's first-round draft choice who has been the talk of camp, is listed on the first team alongside Robinson and Golladay. Sterling Shepard remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
The offensive line
The revamped line has remained mostly unchanged at the top. From left to right, the lineup is Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Jon Feliciano, Mark Glowinksi, and the rookie Neal. But the Giants' depth has been put to the test recently. Last week, the Giants lost two players in Matt Gono (exempt/left squad and then released) and rookie Marcus McKethan (injured reserve with an ACL). Ezeudu is listed as the backup at both left guard and left tackle, which is nothing new for the rookie who was known to change positions mid-drive at North Carolina.
Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.