Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Reading the Giants' depth chart
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- We looked at the "unofficial depth charts" of the other three teams in the division Tuesday because I had them, but I promised at the time that I would do a post on the New York Giants' depth chart once it came out, so I didn't want to let you guys down.
No big surprises on offense -- Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are listed as the starting wide receivers with Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz in the spots immediately behind them. Travis Beckum is listed as the starting tight end, with Bear Pascoe listed as both Beckum's backup and the starting fullback. Rookie Henry Hynoski is listed as the second-string fullback, and the offensive line, left to right, is William Beatty, David Diehl, David Baas, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie.
With Osi Umenyiora still not practicing, the Giants are listing Jason Pierre-Paul as the starting right defensive end opposite Justin Tuck. Chris Canty and Linval Joseph are the starting defensive tackles, and they're still listing Jonathan Goff, Michael Boley and Clint Sintim as the starting linebackers even though Mathias Kiwanuka has been running with the first team in Sintim's place in practice. Kiwanuka shows up on the depth chart as a backup defensive end, but I think this is an instance in which the depth chart is not up to speed with reality.
I guess what really strikes you when you look at this document is the lack of depth in some key spots, especially the secondary. The starting foursome of Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster looks very good, but other than Aaron Ross there's not a lot behind those guys. The injuries to Prince Amukamara and Bruce Johnson could prove costly if one of the starters were to get injured. There and at some other places, such as receiver, the Giants feel a little thinner than they have in years past. It's the kind of thing that might not matter if they get lucky on the health front, but could show up if they don't.