The Giants only kept two quarterbacks for the second straight season. Head coach Ben McAdoo said he’s “comfortable” with this. It probably has as much to do with Manning never missing a game in his career because of injury as Nassib’s on-field performance, which wasn’t especially encouraging this preseason.
The Giants are deep at running back, in part because they don’t have a fullback on the 53-man roster. Jennings and Vereen remain the top options and will likely split most of the snaps. Darkwa may receive a handful of offensive plays each week, but his primary role appears to be on special teams to start. Perkins, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA, isn’t quite ready to play a substantial role. Rainey was a surprise addition to the roster, and McAdoo noted his versatility when explaining the decision. Rainey appears to be a special-teams contributor and backup to Vereen.
Beckham and Shepard are the clear-cut starters. Cruz proved he can stay healthy over the final two weeks of the preseason, and it looks as if he can be a contributor. Harris is going to do most of his heavy lifting on special teams, which will provide King immediate opportunities to contribute on offense. Lewis is an undrafted rookie with talent, but may be more of a developmental player this season.
The Giants are short on tight ends after Matt LaCosse and Will Johnson landed on injured reserve. They’re especially light if you consider McAdoo plans to use his tight ends as fullbacks/H-backs as well, and both Donnell and Tye are better receiving than blocking options. Adams is raw. Expect the Giants to add a blocking option at tight end at some point in the coming days. It's hard to imagine them sticking with three tight ends, especially after McAdoo noted five was a possibility earlier this summer.
Flowers, Pugh, Richburg, Jerry and Newhouse remain the starters for now. Beatty, Hart and Jones are the reserves. Eight is light on linemen, especially since Beatty hasn’t played since 2014 and sat out the entire summer. Jones improved greatly this year and won the backup center job, while Hart, a seventh-round draft choice last year, had a rough summer. The Giants are expected to scour the waiver wire and free agency for additional reinforcements.
The first four were locks; all played well in the preseason. Okwara earned the final spot by impressing the coaches this summer. Still, it’s going to be difficult for him to crack the lineup this season.
Harrison and Hankins proved to be an impenetrable wall this summer. With them on the field, it’s going to be hard to run in the middle. Bromley stuck despite being slowed by ankle surgery, and Hughes beat out a large group for the fourth and final spot with his ability to consistently push the pocket. Four tackles sounds right as the Giants are going to use their defensive ends (Wynn, Odighizuwa and Okwara) as interior pass-rushing options.
Eight is more than enough. In fact, it seems excessive. If the Giants pick up anybody via waivers or free agency, this appears to be the first position at risk. Casillas and Kennard are first-team regulars. Brinkley and Sheppard split reps as the first-team middle linebacker all summer long. Goodson is a fourth-round pick with a bright future. Herzlich is a special-teams staple and Thomas just returned from a hamstring injury. Thomas, Herzlich and Sheppard appear to be the most dispensable of the bunch.
This may be the deepest, most complete group on the roster. Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins proved they’re viable starters this summer. Apple, the Giants’ first-round pick, came along faster than expected. Hall is a veteran who is going to be used all over the field in lots of different ways, while Wade is a versatile fifth option who can play outside, in the slot and on special teams. This group appears to be set, barring injury.
Darian Thompson and Collins are the starters, even though Thompson missed some time with a shoulder injury. He should return to practice this week. Berhe showed in the preseason he’s a quality option who can really hit. Mykkele Thompson won the fourth safety job over Justin Currie, Cooper Taylor, Bennett Jackson and Andrew Adams despite doing little to stand out.
Pro Bowl kicker Josh Brown is on a reserve list as he serves a one-game suspension stemming from a domestic violence arrest last year. He does not count against the 53-man roster -- for now. Bullock kicked well in practice, but may still be at risk given his massive one-week salary. Wing had a strong summer after signing a long-term deal and DeOssie proved he was healthy after a serious wrist injury late last season.