The Giants have arguably one of the best groups of wide receivers in the NFL. Victor Cruz might have been removed from the mix this offseason, but Brandon Marshall took his spot. It's considered an upgrade.
The Giants' top trio of Odell Beckham Jr., Marshall and Sterling Shepard possesses a wide array of skills and they should complement each other well. Tavarres King, Dwayne Harris and Lewis provide experienced depth. Behind them, there are several promising young receivers looking to make their mark.
Let’s look at the overall depth:
The starters: Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard
The Giants played in three-WR sets more than any other team last season (91 percent). So all three should be considered starters. Beckham is one of the league’s best players. He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of his three NFL seasons and can do it all.
Marshall was signed to give the group some size, which should help to produce points. His 19 red zone touchdowns over the past three seasons is tied for second in the NFL.
Shepard is the slot receiver. He had a strong rookie year with 65 catches, 683 yards and eight touchdowns, and should only get better this season.
It’s an upper-echelon group of starting wide receivers.
Veteran depth: Tavarres King and Dwayne Harris
King showed late last year that the Giants missed out by not getting him on the field earlier. His speed makes him a dangerous deep threat. His route running allows him to get open consistently. King is next in line after the three starters. He should be part of the game-day mix this season.
Harris is insurance for Shepard in the slot. He did some things at that position in his first season with the Giants, but after struggling as a returner they contemplated cutting him this offseason. Instead, they reworked his contract for what will likely amount to a pay cut.
In that reworked contract, however, Harris was guaranteed over $1 million in 2017 salary. So his spot as fifth or sixth receiver/special-teams ace is likely set. He contributes on every special-teams unit.
Hanging by a thread: Roger Lewis
The Giants like his talent but he went undrafted for a reason. There were questions about his character and off-the-field conduct dating back to his high school years. Lewis earned a spot on the roster and worked his way into the rotation last year, but his recent brush with the law now puts everything in jeopardy. His spot on the team immediately becomes tenuous. The Giants will be monitoring closely to see what comes out of a court date Lewis has on Wednesday.
Powe (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) is a powerful and strong receiver. He flashed last summer and is looking to work his way onto the active roster this year. The Giants kept him on the practice squad all of last season for a reason. Powe has potential. Lewis' legal troubles could benefit him the most.
Rudolph is an undrafted free agent with potential. He had a strong rookie camp and could potentially make some noise this summer. He’s still a long shot to make the active roster given the depth of the Giants’ wide receiving corps, but stranger things have happened. Another stumble by Lewis or more struggles by Harris could open the door for Rudolph. The practice squad would also appear to be a realistic option for the Florida State product this year.