Anything can happen in the NFL. We’ve seen countless teams – like the 2012 Giants – underachieve and miss the playoffs, while we’ve seen teams with low expectations rise to challenge.
There might be a minor tweak here or there, but it appears the Giants’ 2013 roster is pretty much set. Technically, Victor Cruz is still on the roster, regardless of if the team can work out a long-term extension. He is still free to sign an offer sheet with another team as an unrestricted free agent until April 19.
But other than that situation, here’s what the Giants’ roster should look like (bold denotes starter). Naturally, this is subject to change, especially the starters, but it gives us an idea of where Big Blue stands heading into the draft.
I did not include the entire roster, since mostly the guys listed below will be the team’s impact players or guys who may see time at some point.
QB: Eli Manning, David Carr
RB: David Wilson, Andre Brown, Ryan Torain, Da’Rel Scott
FB: Henry Hynoski
C: Davis Baas, Jim Cordle
G: Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee, Selvish Capers
T: Will Beatty, David Diehl, James Brewer, Matt McCants
WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan
TE: Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson
DE: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Broha, Adewale Ojomo, Adrian Tracy, Justin Trattou
DT: Cullen Jenkins, Shaun Rogers, Marvin Austin, Linval Joseph, Markus Kuhn, Mike Patterson (Likely lots of movement at this position)
LB: Dan Connor, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger
CB: Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, Jayron Hosley
S: Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Ryan Mundy, Tyler Sash, Will Hill
K: Josh Brown
P: Steve Weatherford
LS: Zak DeOssie
Looking at this depth chart, one thing is certain: This team is pretty old. It’s great that the team will have plenty of veteran experience, but in a game that is all about speed, how will these vets hold up against the league’s young, talented players?
The Giants’ experience though could be exactly what the team needs to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season. The 2011 Super Bowl run is still fresh in everyone’s minds, and the team brought in a few pieces eager to get the Giants back to that plateau.
In the scheme of things, the team is still pretty similar to last year’s squad, minus a few veterans like Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty, Michael Boley and Lawrence Tynes.
A lack of consistency, especially defensively, was the reason for not making the playoffs last year. There were games in which Big Blue looked dominant on both sides of the ball, and then there were games in which the team was embarrassed.
The team has the potential to be great, but it will take a consistent effort.
So based on this current depth chart, the playoffs are a definite possibility. Let’s see who the Giants add via the draft to improve the team further.
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