The New York Giants released their unofficial depth chart amidst their training camp activities on Tuesday. It’ll likely be the blueprint for the defending champs heading into their first preseason matchup of 2012 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Here’s how the chart looks:
QB: Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Perrilloux
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott, Andre Brown, Joe Martinek
FB: Henry Hynoski, Joe Martinek
WR1: Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle, Brandon Collins, Dan DePalma, Julian Talley
WR2: Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Isaiah Stanback, David Douglas, Hakeem Nicks (PUP)
TE: Bear Pascoe, Martellus Bennett, Adrien Robinson, Christian Hopkins, Ryan Purvis, Larry Donnell, Travis Beckum (PUP)
LT: Will Beatty, James Brewer, Matt McCants
LG: Kevin Boothe, Selvish Capers, Brandon Mosley
C: David Baas, Chris White, Jim Cordle
RG: Chris Snee, Mitch Petrus, Steve Goodin
RT: David Diehl, Sean Locklear, Joel Reinders
LDE: Justin Tuck, Adrian Tracy, Craig Marshall, Adewale Ojomo
LDT: Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin, Martin Parker, Chris Canty (PUP)
RDT: Rocky Bernard, Shaun Rogers, Dwayne Hendricks, Markus Kuhn
RDE: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Trattou, Matt Broha
RDE: Osi Umenyiora
SLB: Mathias Kiwanuka, Keith Rivers, Greg Jones, Clint Sintim (PUP)
MLB: Chase Blackburn, Mark Herzlich, Jake Muasau
WLB: Michael Boley, Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger
LCB: Corey Webster, Michael Coe, Jayron Hosley, Bruce Johnson, Dante Hughes
RCB: Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Justin Tryon, Brandon Bing, Antwaun Molden
SS: Kenny Phillips, Tyler Sash, Jojo Nicolas, Chris Horton
FS: Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Steve Brown, Janzen Jackson
PK: Lawrence Tynes
H: Steve Weatherford
P: Steve Weatherford
LS: Zak DeOssie, Travis Beckum
KR: Jerrel Jernigan, Da’Rel Scott
PR: Jerrel Jernigan, Domenik Hixon, Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz, Jayron Hosley
Although we’re just into the second week of August, this depth chart does tip some of coach Tom Coughlin’s hand.
The most notable ranking on the team’s depth chart is David Wilson’s. Wilson, the 32nd overall selection of the 2012 draft, will be entering his first season in the NFL.
Despite watching fellow backs Da’Rel Scott and D.J. Ware soak up a bit more carries during camp, the Virginia Tech product is currently listed behind the team’s No. 1, Ahmad Bradshaw.
Speaking of rookies, Rueben Randle has not been as fortunate as Wilson thus far.
As the Giants’ second rounder in 2012, Randle is expected to make a run at the third wideout spot on the chart. The former LSU Tiger was perhaps the very early favorite to take the spot left behind by Mario Manningham before training camp began.
But from the looks of this release, Domenik Hixon is leading the competition for the No. 3 wide receiver. With Hakeem Nicks sitting out on the PUP list, Hixon is currently slated as the second option to 2011 standout Victor Cruz.
Sticking on the offensive side, Eli’s line is headed by his familiar buddies. Even though veterans Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe and David Diehl top their respective positions, look for younger talent such as Mitch Petrus and Sean Locklear to challenge them.
As I just mentioned, Nicks’ foot injury has him sidelined at the moment.
Eli’s favorite target, however, is nearing his return to on-field football activities. According to team officials, Nicks is still ‘on target’ for the Giants’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. He did run some routes on Tuesday, the first time he has done so since breaking his foot.
The Giants also received some great news on oft-injured cornerback Terrell Thomas. Thomas, who missed the entire 2011 season with an ACL tear, suffered a similar scare very early into camp.
Luckily, the diagnosis revealed Thomas had an aggravated ACL, not a torn one. If all goes well, the cornerback could return within four to six weeks.
He is listed as the starter on the unofficial depth chart, but Thomas will obviously not be playing in the team’s first preseason game on Friday.