The New York Giants have released their first depth chart on Giants.com. The link is above but here is 5 points key on:
Revamped Offensive Line
The offensive line is completely new with no one starting at the same position. The offensive line looks like this: LT- Nate Solder, LG- Will Hernandez, C- Jon Halapio, RG- Patrick Omamheh, RT- Ereck Flowers. The only one that I did not predict was Halapio but this is because of his strong off-season. He was able to beat out Brett Jones for the center position. Furthermore, Ereck Flowers looks much more comfortable at his new position according to reports. However, the whole offensive line has not been looking great in camp, especially, Nate Solder. This is not good because we signed him for so much and we need him to produce. Reports say that he had a tough time keeping guys like Olivier Vernon out of the backfield. Hopefully our offensive line will step it up in the regular season to protect Eli and Saquon.
Change in Personnel?
The Giants have seemed to change to a 12 personnel instead of an 11. This is interesting because now we will have 2 receivers instead of 3 and 2 tight ends instead of 1. This allows us to utilize Evan Engram a lot more as a blocker and pass catcher. His blocking has been improved by the other starting tight end, Rhett Ellison. He has reportedly taught him a lot and taught him much. Another notable thing is that Hunter Sharp and Cody Latimer are the Wide Receiver 3 and 4. To know more about the backup receivers you can click the link above.
Some other notes on the offense is that Davis Webb is the backup quarterback and Kyle Lauletta is behind him. Additionally, Jonathan Stewart is the backup running cam and behind him is Wayne Gallman/Robert Martin (undrafted free-agent out of Rutgers).
New 3-4 Base
The new 3-4 Base has B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson at Defensive End and Damon Harrison as the last defensive lineman. I think this is a strong front with Harrison at the lead. Harrison is one of the best defensive tackles in the league not to mention the best defensive tackle in Madden 19 (just a joke). Tomlinson, I think, has the capability to be one of the best in the league and was the best rookie defensive tackle last year. According to Pro Football Focus he was the 18th best interior defensive lineman last year. Then this brings me to B.J. Hill who has had such a strong camp. He won the starting job and left Josh Mauro (on a 4-game suspension) in the dust. He is a rookie who will hopefully now will have the same type of year Tomlinson had.
Then there are the linebackers the first inside linebacker is B.J. Goodson, the money backer is Alec Ogletree, the WILL backer is Olivier Vernon, and the SAM backer is Kareem Martin. I think this is a sneaky good linebacker corps. I think if the two inside linebackers stay healthy they will be able to get around 100 tackles each. Ogletree has had over 100 tackles in every season that he played 16 games. Goodson was hurt most of last year but in his first game he recorded a NFL week high of 18 tackles. The third year player out of Clemson has the ability to be a impact player. Now on the outside we have Martin and Vernon. Vernon has been playing like a monster in camp and if he can stay healthy I think he will be an all-star. Now Martin is someone who has a good connection with our Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher. I think he has the ability to be a great player on the team. We also have Connor Barwin, who was a starter on the Rams, and Lorenzo Carter, who is an extremely athletic rookie out of Georgia, as backups. According to Bettcher, Carter has been impressive at camp. He will likely be a starter some point in the first three years of his career. But as of now it is great to have someone of his caliber as a backup. Overall, I think this is one of the best linebacker corps we have had in years and I think they all have a lot of potential.
The depth chart at the cornerback position comes as somewhat a surprise to me. The two main starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple were obvious. However, in the slot we have B.W. Webb (signed this year) then Donte Deayon. This is not absurd because Webb had a strong camp and Deayon was impressive last year before he got hurt. Then we have Leonard Johnson who was newly signed. Our latest article was about him and other defensive backs if you want to check it out. However, this spot is definitely not a lock and expect to see a lot of competition for this position
Similar to the cornerback position the depth chart at safety is a surprise as well. Landon Collins is obviously the starting strong safety but after him we have Michael Thomas who we also signed this year. He is mostly a special teams player (a great one at that). Don’t expect him to come in unless Collins gets hurt or if he needs a rest. Also, if Michael Thomas makes a transition to the free safety position we might see him there. This brings me to that free safety position. The Giants have Curtis Riley (also picked up in free agency by the Giants) as our starter over Darian Thompson. Thompson did not do a great job at free safety last year so this may be a healthy change. However, this may drive him to win the starting position back and have a great year. Nothing is set in stone yet and everyone is still competing for positions.
For special teams our only punter is Riley Dixon who the Giants obtained from the Broncos in a trade this offseason. He will hopefully be better than Brad Wing who was abysmal last year and costed us a potential win early in the season last year. Moreover, the kicking battle between Aldrick Rosas and Marshall Koehn is still ongoing but Rosas is in the lead. Hopefully, Rosas will have a better sophomore year that his rookie year where he only converted 72% of his field goals and 87% of his extra points. The person who will be long snapping to him is the same as last year, Zak DeOssie. The person who will be returning kicks will be Cody Latimer then Hunter Sharp then Kalif Raymond and then Wayne Gallman. The person who will be returning punts is Hunter Sharp then Kalif Raymond then Odell Beckham Jr. and then Sterling Shepard.
One thing to keep in mind about all of this is that it is unofficial and is subject to change by the start of the season. I have high hopes for this team with all of its talent and youth. However, this is a rebuilding year and I am only expecting improvement. The ultimate goal for every team is to win the super bowl but I do not see the Giants winning it this year. Nevertheless, I think this team has the ability to win the super bowl in the coming years if we can stay healthy. Stay tuned for more.