The Giants released their first “Unofficial” depth chart for 2015 and there were some surprises on it. Take a look at how Tom Coughlin would present his team if the season opened today:
Brett Jones is the third team center. Jones, the Canadian Football League import, has not climbed up the depth chart yet. Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said that Jones has had “More peaks than valleys” in this time with the Giants, but he’s stuck in a valley behind Weston Richburg and Dallas Reynolds at the moment.
Emmett Cleary is the backup left tackle. Right now, you are asking yourself “Who is Emmett Cleary?” He’s a first year tackle out of Boston College who stands 6’7″ and weighs 324 pounds. Changes are, if something happened to Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh would slide over to left tackle, as has been the case in practice, but according to the depth chart, Cleary is the next man up.
James Jones is running with the fourth team. Perhaps the biggest shock on the offensive depth chart, Jones is listed behind the likes of Juron Criner and Geremy Davis among the wide receivers. Having signed for the veteran minimum, Jones will truly have to earn his way up the ladder to garner a spot on the opening day roster.
Daniel Fells is the starting tight end. Fells, not Larry Donnell is the starter at tight end. This is likely a function of Donnell’s Achilles injury and Fells veteran status, but it’s surprising nonetheless. Jerome Cunningham has been one of the stars of training camp, but he’s still listed as fourth string behind Adrien Robinson.
Kerry Wynn is the starting left defensive end. Wynn has also been one of the stars of camp, but unlike Cunningham, his play has apparently impacted his standing on the defensive line. Wynn must have truly impressed the coaching staff to have risen to the top this quickly.
Robert Ayers is the starting right defensive end. The implication is that Damontre Moore is limited to a reserve role, most likely as a situational pass rusher at this point. George Selvie, thought to be one of the starters is third string behind the aforementioned three and rookie Owa Odighizuwa.
Nat Berhe is third string safety. Absolutely a function of his calf injury, Berhe has hardly practiced and had no chance to work his way up the depth chart. At the rate his summer is going, Berhe is looking at a season on injured reserve.
Landon Collins and Bennett Jackson are the starting safeties. No surprise here, as this has been the most common first team combination in practices for the first week and a half of camp. The real test will come when the preseason games start and opposing receivers challenge them deep. The severity of Jackson’s quad injury will also affect the depth chart for this position. If he misses significant time, one of the other safeties will pass him, like Berhe has been passed.
It’s important to note that this depth chart is unofficial, and training camp practices and the preseason games will give players and opportunity to change it. Coughlin often uses devices like this to send messages and motivate players to reach their potential. It does, however, provide a glimpse into the coaching staff’s mindset and give us some insight into who has the advantage in the early going. True answers won’t come until cut down day on on September 1st (To 75 players) and September 5th (To 53 players).