Last season going into the start of the season, two of the most prominent question marks would be who would step up to be the third wide receiver and who would step up to be the second cornerback on the depth chart.
This offseason, the Giants overloaded at those positions through the draft and free agency to move the argument down the pecking order to the fourth or fifth player on the depth chart.
Those two positions will become one of the most exciting positional battles of this offseason.
With the addition of Kenny Golladay in free agency and Kadarius Toney through the draft, this wide receiver room has had a massive upgrade. The fifth-string receiver will be a hotly contested battle with Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard with locked-in spots.
John Ross is listed as the fourth-string wide receiver, hinting that he might be someone to look out for. Ross signed with the Giants in free agency and is one of the fastest players in the NFL. His big-play ability is something the Giants desperately need, and if he proves that this pre-season, it could secure him a roster spot.
Other names in the mix are Dante Pettis, who is a former second-round draft pick, but was cut by the San Francisco 49ers midseason last year. He only played two games for the Giants last season, but he looked good with four catches for 74 yards. C.J. Board and Austin Mack ended with a role after an impressive camp last season, starting in a combined five games, with 18 receptions for 192 yards. Board and Mack had a role last year due to the lack of depth at the position, but with the switch this season, their roster spot might be up in the air. David Stills V seems to be having an impressive camp this year and should be someone Giants fans keep an eye on in the upcoming pre-season games.
It is possible Head Coach Joe Judge, who was a Special Team Coordinator and wide receiver for the New England Patriots, might find a way to keep some extra talented receivers on the roster on the special team unite.
After signing James Bradberry in free agency last season, the Giants added Adoreé Jackson this offseason, filling in the second starting corner, which was a revolving door last year. The Giants defensive back room now has its clear starters at all positions but slot corner.
The battle is between Darnay Holmes, a second-year player, and Aaron Robinson, who was just drafted. Holmes only started five games and only had one game with a snap percentage over 80%, but he was impressive when he was on the field. Holmes was tied for fourth in pass deflections and had an 87.2 passer rating against. Holmes continues this path and improves, and there might not be much of a position battle.
Robinson was one of the steals of the drafts for the Giants. He has elite quickness and the ability to stay in man converge, along with being a solid tackler. If Robinson pops on the screen, don’t be surprised if Holmes has a few mistakes this season that Robinson will get a shot.
Both will make the 53-man roster, but this pre-season will see who will get the most time at the slot corner position, or maybe if one is used as a backup outside corner.
The fifth sting spot is up for grabs, with Isaac Yiadom, who started opposite Bradberry for most of the season, likely to land third on the depth chart, and Holmes or Robinson at the fourth spot.
Sam Beal, who had a lot of promise after being drafted in the supplemental draft in 2018, has not amounted to much with his injuries, opting out last season and now a gun charge.
Rodarius Williams is a sixth-round draft pick who seems to be gunning for the position in camp, and a lot could ride on this pre-season.
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