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Giants Roster Breakdown: Locks, long shots, players on the bubble after rookie minicamp

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  • Giants Roster Breakdown: Locks, long shots, players on the bubble after rookie minicamp

    Excerpt: "Giants rookie minicamp is officially in the book, and with it is the chance for the team's six NFL Draft picks, rookie free agents, and tryout players' opportunity to make a first impression on the coaching staff.

    The full squad is now together at Quest Diagnostics Training Center as the voluntary offseason program continues under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur.

    Here is a look at where each player on the roster currently stands following the team's rookie minicamp and heading into the next stage of OTAs:

    Long Shots (21)

    These players are on the roster, but who are going to need both an amazing offseason, and maybe even and injuries to the players ahead of them on the depth chart to make the 53-man roster later this summer:

    S - Tim Scott

    Scott spent last season on the Giants' practice squad, and was one of the few veterans on the field during the team's rookie minicamp.

    K - Aldrick Rosas

    Don't be surprised to see the Giants' search for a kicker stretch through the preseason, unless Rosas is nearly perfect during the spring and training camp this summer.

    DT - Josh Banks

    Defensive tackle has become a priority position for the Giants this offseason, which doesn't bode well for undrafted free agent Josh Banks' chances for making the roster.

    WR - Kalif Raymond

    Wide receiver is one of the Giants' deepest positions with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Cody Latimer, Travis Rudolph, and potentially Hunter Sharp all but assured roster spots. Raymond will likely face an uphill climb for a roster spot.

    OG - Chris Scott

    Scott, who last played in the NFL in 2016, attended rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. It would likely take a lot for him to crack the roster.

    WR/TE Ryan O'Malley

    The Giants signed O'Malley to the active roster late last season, but it could be tough for him to beat out Rhett Ellison and Kyle Carter for meaningful snaps this summer in order to impress the coaching staff enough to justify a roster spot in 2018.

    DB - Mike Jones

    A rookie out of Temple, Mike Jones intercepted a pass on the first day of rookie minicamp. There's opportunity at cornerback, but Jones will need to consistently play at a high level in practice to make the team.

    OT - Tyler Howell

    The Giants didn't take an offensive tackle in last month's 2018 NFL Draft, but signed 6-foot-8 Missouri product Tyloer Howell. If Ereck Flowers is traded, then perhaps Howell moves up the depth chart, but he'll likely be buried near the bottom once training camp arrives.

    LB - Thurston Armbrister

    The Giants signed Armbrister to a futures contract over the offseason, but linebacker quickly became a position that new general manager Dave Gettleman invested in heavily by trading for Alec Ogletree and signing Josh Mauro, which could block Armbrister's path to a roster spot.

    OT - Nick Becton

    Becton is in his second go-round with the Giants, and has played with six teams since signing with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

    LB - Tae Davis

    The Giants signed Davis as an undrafted free agent out of Chattanooga. He could ultimately be destined for a spot on the practice squad.

    WR - Amba Etta-Tawo

    Given the wealth of talent that the Giants have at wide receiver, it would take a Herculean effort from Etta-Tawo to crack the roster.

    DT - A.J. Francis

    The Giants signed former Washington defensive tackle A.J. Francis, but they also invested draft picks in B.J. Hill, and R.J. McIntosh with Damon Harrison and Alvin Tomlinson already on the roster. Francis could play his way into the rotation, but this is a position group that looks too crowded to add to any further.

    K - Marshall Koehn

    Don't be surprised if the Giants' place-kicker Week 1 in September is not currently on the roster.

    TE/RB - Shane Smith

    The Giants drafted Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick, brought back Wayne Gallman, added Jonathan Stewart in free agency and recently signed Robert Martin after an impressive tryout during rookie minicamp. It almost goes without saying that there likely isn't room for Smith at this point.

    DE - Kristjan Sokoll

    Moving to a 3-4 hurts Kristjan Sokoll's chances of making the 53-man roster, after spending time on the Giants' practice squad last season and signing a futures contract over the offseason.

    DB - Orion Stewart

    Stewart intercepted fourth-round rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta towards the end of Day 1 of rookie minicamp, but will likely need to keep stringing together impressive plays to ultimately make the team.

    QB - Alex Tanney

    Pat Shurmur talked about carrying four quarterbacks into training camp, but there's no chance that the Giants keep four on the team in September. Tansy's objective should be putting together consistently impressive film to land a job as a free agent this summer.

    CB - Bryon Fields

    Fields made it through the Giants' rookie minicamp after playing his college ball at Duke.

    DE - Jordan Williams

    Williams has spent time on the Giants' practice squad, but it could be an uphill climb for him to make the active roster this season.

    WR - Marquis Bundy

    Bundy appeared in one game after spending all of last season on the Giants' practice squad. " Read more...
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