|Offense||25th||88.2 (29th)||242.4 (17th)|
|Defense||10th||88.6 (3rd)||251.1 (23rd)|
|Abdullah, Khalid||RB||5-10||194||//||R||James Madison|
|89||Adams, Jerell||TE||6-5||247||12/31/1992||2||South Carolina|
|Amos, DaShaun||DB||6-1||183||9/20/1994||R||East Carolina|
|24||Apple, Eli||CB||6-1||199||8/9/1995||2||Ohio State|
|Banks, Josh||DT||6-4||290||6/13/1994||R||Wake Forest|
|65||Beatty, Will (FA)||T||6-6||319||3/2/1985||9||Connecticut|
|29||Berhe, Nat||FS||6-0||194||7/6/1991||4||San Diego State|
|Blake, Valentino||DB||5-9||198||8/9/1990||6||Texas-El Paso|
|Bowie, Michael||T||6-5||320||9/25/1991||3||Northeastern State (Okla.)|
|38||Deayon, Donte||DB||5-9||158||1/28/1994||1||Boise State|
|84||Donnell, Larry (FA)||TE||6-6||265||11/1/1988||5||Grambling State|
|Draughn, Shaun||RB||5-11||205||12/7/1987||6||North Carolina|
|Dunker, Jessamen||T||6-4||318||//||R||Tennessee State|
|Ellison, Rhett||TE||6-5||250||10/3/1988||6||Southern California|
|Engram, Evan||TE||6-3||236||9/2/1994||R||Ole Miss|
|74||Flowers, Ereck||T||6-6||329||4/25/1994||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Grant, Curtis||LB||6-2||240||12/28/1992||1||Ohio State|
|25||Hall, Leon (FA)||DB||5-11||195||12/9/1984||10||Michigan|
|17||Harris, Dwayne||WR||5-10||202||9/16/1987||7||East Carolina|
|98||Harrison, Damon||DT||6-4||350||11/29/1988||6||William Penn|
|68||Hart, Bobby||T||6-4||334||8/21/1994||3||Florida State|
|44||Herzlich, Mark||OLB||6-4||246||9/1/1987||7||Boston College|
|Huesman, Jacob||RB||6-1||216||2/27/1993||R||Chattanooga State|
|Hunter, Michael||CB||6-0||186||4/19/1993||1||Oklahoma State|
|Ihenacho, Duke||DB||6-1||208||6/16/1989||5||San Jose State|
|20||Jenkins, Janoris||CB||5-10||198||10/29/1988||6||North Alabama|
|23||Jennings, Rashad (FA)||RB||6-1||231||3/26/1985||9||Liberty|
|77||Jerry, John||G||6-5||340||6/14/1986||8||Ole Miss|
|8||Johnson, Josh||QB||6-3||215||5/15/1986||7||San Diego|
|46||Johnson, Will (FA)||RB||6-2||240||11/14/1988||6||West Virginia|
|Jones, Jarron||DT||6-5||315||//||R||Notre Dame|
|69||Jones, Brett||G||6-2||318||7/29/1991||3||Regina (Canada)|
|59||Kennard, Devon||OLB||6-3||251||6/24/1991||4||Southern California|
|82||Lewis, Roger||WR||6-0||196||11/27/1993||2||Bowling Green|
|10||Manning, Eli||QB||6-4||218||1/3/1981||14||Ole Miss|
|Moore, Rahim (FA)||DB||6-1||195||2/11/1990||5||UCLA|
|Moss, Avery||DE||6-3||265||9/16/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|Munson, Calvin||LB||6-1||245||12/27/1994||R||San Diego State|
|Murphy, Ryan||DB||6-0||214||10/14/1992||1||Oregon State|
|78||Okwara, Romeo||DE||6-5||265||6/17/1995||2||Notre Dame|
|90||Pierre-Paul, Jason||DE||6-5||278||1/1/1989||8||South Florida|
|Pinkins, Eric||DB||6-3||230||8/7/1991||3||San Diego State|
|Rainey, Bobby (FA)||RB||5-8||212||10/16/1987||6||Western Kentucky|
|70||Richburg, Weston||C||6-3||298||7/9/1991||4||Colorado State|
|41||Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique||CB||6-2||193||4/7/1986||10||Tennessee State|
|Rosas, Aldrick||K||6-2||195||12/30/1994||R||Southern Oregon|
|Rudolph, Travis||WR||6-0||190||9/15/1990||R||Florida State|
|Schwan, Evan||DE||6-6||245||6/28/1994||R||Penn State|
|91||Sheppard, Kelvin (FA)||MLB||6-2||249||1/2/1988||7||LSU|
|Skinner, Deontae||LB||6-2||250||12/18/1990||3||Mississippi State|
|Smith, Geno||QB||6-3||221||10/10/1990||5||West Virginia|
|Smith, Shane||RB||6-2||231||8/21/1993||R||San Jose State|
|Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||5||South Carolina|
|55||Thomas, J.T.||OLB||6-1||236||8/15/1988||7||West Virginia|
|27||Thompson, Darian||FS||6-1||213||9/22/1993||2||Boise State|
|Tribune, Nigel||DB||5-10||179||8/7/1995||R||Iowa State|
|45||Tye, Will||TE||6-2||262||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|54||Vernon, Olivier||DE||6-2||275||10/7/1990||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|31||Wade, Trevin (FA)||CB||5-10||190||8/1/1989||6||Arizona|
|Wheeler, Chad||T||6-6||310||1/19/1994||R||Southern California|
|44||Winn, George (FA)||RB||5-11||215||11/10/1990||3||Cincinnati|
|47||Unga, Uani' (IR)||LB||6-1||233||12/28/1987||2||Brigham Young|
|Williams, Jalen (IR)||WR||6-3||205||//||R||Massachusetts|
|97||Williams, Ishaq (IR)||DE||6-4||253||2/22/1993||1||Notre Dame|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Picks that have signed are:
Fourth-round guard Terry Poole, fourth-round guard Mark Glowinski, sixth-round defensive end Obum Gwacham, fifth-round cornerback Tye Smith, sixth-round center Kristjan Sokoli and seventh-round safety Ryan Murphy.
Smith suffered a torn ACL in Week 7 of last season, but his recovery has gone off without a hitch and he claims he'd be able to play in game if he was needed to right now. According to Raanan, Smith will battle Josh Johnson for rights to the second-string quarterback job, with the loser likely to be let go, as 2017 third-round draft pick Davis Webb is expected to remain on the team as the developmental third-string quarterback.
Jennings had a disappointing season in 2016. He entered the season as the Giants' top running back but produced just 794 total yards while having the lowest yards per catch of his career and the lowest yards per carry average since joining the Giants in 2014. His release gives the Giants an extra $2.5 million in cap space and leaves Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen as the team's top running backs. Jennings is now free to sign with any team.
Ihenacho logged 10 starts with the Redskins last season, notching 66 tackles and two passes defensed throughout 15 total games. The veteran safety turns 28 years old in June, and he figures to provide depth at strong safety behind Landon Collins in New York.
Wynn visited the Patriots last week but will ultimately remain in the Big Apple, where he has spent his entire three-year career, playing mainly in a special teams role. Last season, he recorded 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks through 14 games with the Giants.
With Johnathan Hankins on the way out, the Giants had a need for a big defensive tackle. Tomlinson is certainly that at 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, but he also did well with his athletic testing at the Combine. He likely won't be an IDP factor, but Tomlinson should be a good replacement for Hankins as a run stopper.
Lacosse missed the entirety of last season with a torn ACL and only played in two games during his 2015 rookie season, so he has much to prove before becoming a factor in the Giants offense.
Johnson's quotes in the article are complimentary, but he stops short of saying anything definitive about Perkins' role. Johnson says "it's possible to stay on the field all three downs," but a healthy Shane Vereen would almost certainly be the team's third-down back. Perkins will still be the team's starter, and he should have a role in the passing game, but barring another injury to Vereen, he's unlikely to be one of the league's every-down workhorses.
Thomas was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in the first week of last season, but he's recently been able to take part in some running and cutting drills, so it appears he's progressing well. He's currently on pace to be ready for training camp and once at full strength, he should operate as depth at outside linebacker and as a key special teams player.
The specifics of the injury remain unknown, so look for more updates to come once information is made available. Apple missed time during his rookie season due to a hamstring injury, and he may still be feeling lingering effects.
Draughn entered last season as San Francisco's No. 2 running back, and while he proved to be a useful complement to Carlos Hyde on passing downs, the 29-year-old gained only 196 yards on 74 carries (2.6 YPC), dropping his career-long YPC to an ugly 3.2. This doesn't seem like a great fit, as the Giants already have a pair of solid pass-catching backs in Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen (triceps). Draughn could round out the depth chart while contributing on special teams, or he may be viewed as an insurance policy for Vereen. It's also possible Draughn will end up clawing for one of the final roster spots if the Giants add more talent in the backfield.
The Giants' decision to select a tight end in the opening round came as no surprise, as Tye was one of the league's least productive starters at his position last season, hauling in 48 of 70 targets for only 395 yards (8.2 yards per catch) and a touchdown in 16 games (10 starts). The team previously signed hybrid fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison, who along with Engram is a lock to make the final roster. Tye may thus find himself competing with Matt Lacosse (knee) and 2016 sixth-rounder Jerell Adams for what likely would be one or two roster spots. Tye re-signed on a modest one-year, $615,000 contract in February.
Darkwa was expected to hit the free agent market after not receiving a tender from the Giants, but ultimately was brought back for another year. The fourth-year back recorded only 111 yards rushing on 30 carries during 10 games in 2016, but he was a contributor on special teams and should continue to see action in that role. Darkwa would be slated to move up the depth chart if fellow running backs Paul Perkins or Shane Vereen were to suffer injuries.
A little more than two weeks removed from indicating on Twitter that retirement was a possibility, Odighizuwa was among teammates Tuesday, lifting weights as the Giants kicked off a two-week period of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation. Apparently ready to continue his NFL career, he has a difficult path to playing time behind the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) and Olivier Vernon, hence Odighizuwa's meager share of defensive snaps (15.2 percent) last season.
Donnell has spent all four of his professional seasons with the Giants, but he's failed to build on his faux-breakout 2014 campaign that included 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, besides that season, the 28-year-old boasts just 47 catches for 346 yards and three scores in his career. While missing 10 games over the past two seasons has contributed toward that decline in production, Donnell is nonetheless now slated to resume his career elsewhere in 2017.
Instead, Beckham stayed away from the New York area until the start of mandatory minicamp in order to "focus on training and self-reflection" in Los Angeles. Reading between the lines doesn't reveal the true cause of his absence, but Beckham still has two years remaining on his rookie contract after his fifth-year option was picked up in April. During his first three seasons as a pro, he's established a high floor, recording at least 90 receptions, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each campaign. Thus, a significant boost in pay is expected at some point.
Engram may have been slightly intimidated joining an offense with veteran standouts like Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall, but it seems the No. 23 overall pick from this year's draft is quickly seeing how he can be an asset to a team that had tight ends account for only 609 of its 4,027 receiving yards and three of its 26 receiving touchdowns last season. Engram may start his career with a part-time role, but his 4.42 speed should make him an immediate asset on passing downs, at the very least. It seems everything has gone in his favor over the last year, as he produced a 65-926-8 receiving line in 11 games during his senior season at Ole Miss, and then tore up the Combine with top-three marks for his position in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle as well as the 40-yard dash. Returning starter Will Tye was one of the league's least explosive and least efficient tight ends last season, producing 8.2 yards per catch and 5.6 per target (on 70 targets).
Thompson finished the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a Lisfranc injury in his left foot and has steadily progressed in his rehab since. Despite recently gaining the clearance to participate in certain drills without any limitations, the plan all along has been to slowly work the 2016 third-round pick back into the fold. Thus, look for Thompson to continue amping up his level of participation as the summer goes on, but don't expect him to be restriction-free until closer to Week 1.
Pierre-Paul is feeling better after recent surgery addressed four lingering injuries, but he remains uncertain about when he'll return to football activities. There's a chance he won't be ready in time for training camp, while the Giants may elect to proceed cautiously with their veteran defensive end since he's played just 20 total games throughout the past two seasons.
Lewis is no stranger to off-the-field issues, having experienced legal trouble before he even arrived at Bowling Green for college ball. Coming into New York as an undrafted free agent in 2016, he caught seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets in 13 games. He's expected to compete for the No. 4 spot at receiver for the Giants throughout the offseason, but he'll be on a short leash at this point.
Williams was released by the Giants earlier in the offseason after suffering an unspecified injury but has since cleared waivers and, in turn, landed on the Giants' IR. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team or becomes one of the team's two injured-reserve activations this season, Williams is stuck there.
Thomas played in just eight games in 2016, seeing the field for 68 snaps. He recorded five tackles, including a sack, while flashing some decent pass rush potential. He'll have a chance to compete for a larger role with the team in 2017.
Webb was selected in the the third round of the 2017 NBA Draft, but is expected to spend the upcoming season in a developmental role as the team's third quarterback, which will likely keep him inactive for most game days. Geno Smith and Josh Johnson are expected to battle for the backup job behind Eli Manning, with one of the two being let go prior to the season. The Giants consider Webb a player to develop for the future and the fact that he was a third-round pick essentially locks him into a roster spot.
After the aforementioned moves, Manning has exchanged the broken down Victor Cruz for Marshall while adding one of the promising tight ends from a stacked class of rookies. With Marshall and Engram joining wideouts Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard, competent pass-catching backs Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen and tight end Will Tye, the Giants boast their best array of skill-position talent of the last decade and perhaps Manning's entire career. Unfortunately for Manning, he's regressed significantly as he prepares for his age-36 season, struggling with deep passes (52.8 QB rating on throws of 21-plus yards in 2016) and being saddled with an uninspiring head coach (Ben McAdoo). However, Manning has the weapons at his disposal to reach his heights of the past.
'Unga, a one-time starter for the Giants back in 2015, spent the entire season on injured reserve with an unknown injury. He'll need to get healthy in order to land another contract.
After suffering an ankle injury last Sunday in Pittsburgh, Harris followed a DNP/limited/limited practice regimen in preparation for Week 14. With only one catch on the season, though, his viability is completely tied to his ability as a returner.
Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Jackson could return to action in the postseason, if Atlanta defeat Carolina on Sunday.
Blake started all 16 games in 2015 for the Steelers, compiling 76 tackles and two interceptions, but was relegated to a more suitable reserve role with the Titans last year, when he finished with 42 stops. In joining the Giants, Blake figures to provide experienced depth to the team's secondary and special teams units.
Bromley underwent ankle surgery to help alleviate pain from bone spurs in his foot, but is now back to full strength. Look for Bromley to return to the practice field early this week, where he'll have to fight for a final roster spot, as he currently projects to be just a deep reserve on the Giants' defensive line.
A tough, physical runner who rushed for 2,660 yards and 30 TDs at Clemson his last two years, Gallman has a good chance to open the year as Paul Perkins' backup.
Bryant, who has spent the past four seasons in Buffalo, was placed on IR last year with a shoulder injury after notching 11 tackles in eight games. He'll look to provide depth for a defensive tackle corps led by Damon Harrison in New York.
Winn signed with the Giants as late-season filler for a running back position that was riddled with injuries. Now that everyone is healthy, the team has little need for Winn, who will look to catch on as a reserve running back with another team.
Lane, a 6-3, 220-pound receiver out of Akron, will be a longshot to make the Giants' final roster. The big-bodied wideout actually began his collegiate career as a linebacker, entering the league with just two years of receiving experience under his belt.
Thompson was placed on IR after suffering an undisclosed knee injury in Sunday's win over the Saints. Thompson could be brought back after he spends six weeks on the IR, but it doesn't seem likely the Giants will use their only designated return on the rookie. The 23-year-old ends his season with one tackle as he mostly served as a reserve safety.
Berhe was limited in practice throughout the week and likely could've played Sunday if the Giants needed him. New York is locked into the five seed for the playoffs and didn't need to force Berhe back before he's completely healthy. He appears to have a good chance at returning from his five week absence in the wildcard round of the playoffs next week.
Casillas had a solid season as the team's starting weak side linebacker with 96 total tackles (62 solo, 34 assists), 1.5 sacks and eight passes defensed.
Robinson played a pivotal role solidifying the Giants' defense last season and ended up with 83 tackles, 54 of which were registered as solo tackles, after playing in all 16 regular season games. At 27 years old, he's likely in store for a similar workload during the 2017 season.
The rookie got off to a strong start with receptions of 26 and 13 yards on the Giants' second possession, but he managed to haul in just two of his subsequent seven targets. Shepard was also guilty of some drops, which was one of the recurring themes in the wild-card loss. Despite the disappointing finish to the season, Shepard wrapped up his impressive rookie regular-season campaign with 65 receptions for 683 yards and eight touchdowns, and proved to be one of Eli Manning's must trusted red-zone options.
He finished the regular season with a whopping 100 solo tackles and 25 assists, four sacks, five interceptions and a touchdown, making him easily the top IDP defensive back and a centerpiece of the Giants defense for 2017.
Vereen originally hurt his triceps in Week 3 and missed the ensuing nine games while in recovery. However, he perhaps rushed back too soon, as the veteran scatback aggravated the same muscle in Week 14 and subsequently required season-ending corrective surgery. Thankfully, for Vereen, the Giants didn't bring in any legitimate threats to his role as the team's third-down back this offseason, leaving him a clearly-defined role on offense in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Norwood has spent the past couple months as a member of the Giants' practice squad, and he'll have an opportunity to make the team's active roster throughout the upcoming offseason. After being drafted by the Seahawks in 2014, Norwood has recorded just nine receptions for 102 yards on 11 targets in regular season action since.
The Giants could look to address their quarterback depth in the 2017 NFL Draft, but as things currently stand, Johnson or Geno Smith looks in line to serve as Eli Manning's top backup. The 30-year-old Johnson brings a mobility to the position that Manning lacks, but he hasn't logged a snap in a regular-season game since the 2013 season. Fortunately for the Giants, Manning is about as durable as it gets, so Johnson's lack of reps the last few seasons shouldn't be a major issue.
At 6-foot-4, 246 pounds, Herzlich is the rare NFL linebacker who possesses adequate size to contribute as a blocking tight end. He's mostly contributed on special teams since signing with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011, and while that doesn't figure to change anytime soon, the added versatility should at least help his odds of sticking on the final roster for another year or two. The Giants presumably hope second-round rookie Evan Engram will earn the starting job at tight end.
The catch was just Rainey's third touch since New York's Week 8 bye. Thursday was the veteran's first game with double-digit offensive snaps since the bye as he has settled into more of a special-teams role after looking like a potential scatback earlier in the year.
After four years with the Lions, Taylor will head to New York in 2017. He started all 16 games for Detroit last season, tallying 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one safety, one pass defended, and one forced fumble in the process. He will look to compete for a role at the end of the defensive line for the Giants.
Duggan notes that the Giants' signing of Rhett Ellison when free agency opened Thursday signaled that Johnson would likely be released after playing out one year of a two-year, $2.3 million contract. That said, it does appear that a return on a minimum contract could be in the cards for Johnson. The 28-year-old hybrid back had six total touches for 23 yards and a touchdown last season.
The three-year vet struggled to make enough noise during his tenure in Seattle. Pinkins, 25, tallied just two tackles last season.
The 28-year-old, who racked up 105 tackles in 16 games for the Dolphins last season, bolsters the Giants' depth at linebacker, but it remains to be seen if his role in the New York defense will allow him to approach triple-digit tackles again in 2016.
Last season, the Giants' passing attack largely revolved around Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and Will Tye, each of whom received at least 70 targets. Among the remaining skill position players, only running back Rashad Jennings (42) surpassed 25, while the next most utilized wideout was Roger Lewis with (19). Meanwhile, King carried just one six-yard catch into Week 17, when he doubled his reception count with a 44-yard grab. Proving it wasn't an aberration, Lewis recorded the Giants' sole touchdown in a three-catch, 73-yard performance in their wild-card loss at Green Bay. With Cruz now out of the picture, King will have every chance to lock down a regular role on the outside.
Hall's absence comes as a bit of a surprise given his usage as the slot corner throughout the season thus far along with his veteran experience. The Giants' defensive scheme in Week 9 figures to deploy Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple on the outside with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie covering the slot, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
After landing on the Giants' injury report Thursday, Adams closed out the week with back-to-back limited sessions. The preceding wasn't exactly enough to forecast inactive status in Week 17, but the offense will nonetheless roll with Will Tye as the obvious No. 1 tight end. Due to the team's liberal use of TEs, though, Larry Donnell will likely earn some snaps as well Sunday.
Moss (6-foot-3, 264 pounds) played on the same defensive line as Derek Rivers at Youngstown State, and before that he was a productive freshman for Nebraska. Moss' athletic metrics are mostly average, but his big wingspan (34.5-inch arms) and history of production give him potential.
Ellison's calf issue doesn't appear all that bad, but it could turn into a problem if the soreness lingers into training camp. He's currently positioned as nothing more than a depth option at tight end for the Giants behind first-round pick Evan Engram along with Will Tye and Jerell Adams.
When the Giants signed the Southern Oregon product to a reserve/future contract in January, it was expected that he'd be more of a training-camp body than a serious candidate to assume kicking duties in the 2017 season. However, with incumbent kicker Robbie Gould not retained and the Giants opting not to address the position in the draft or free agency, Rosas suddenly looks like a good bet to crack the 53-man roster, despite his lack of prior NFL experience. Unlike Gould and Josh Brown before him, Rosas offers a big leg to the Giants' kicking game, and the consistency with which he's hit field goals so far in offseason workouts has helped assuage some of the concerns the organization had about his accuracy. Given his lack of track record at the professional level, Rosas will still need a strong preseason to solidify his spot with the Giants, but the 22-year-old could carry some intrigue as a final-round flier in fantasy drafts while he supports what could be a potent Giants offense.
Selected in the fourth round (No. 109 overall) last year, Goodson only logged 14 defensive snaps as a rookie while stuck behind Kelvin Sheppard, who has yet to sign with a team this offseason. Sheppard's departure was expected to give Goodson the inside track to the starting middle linebacker job, but it's a bit surprising to hear that the second-year player is getting regular first-team work with the nickel defense, as outside 'backers Keenan Robinson and Jonathan Casillas got most of the nickel snaps last year. Should he displace Robinson or Casillas, in addition to winning the starting job in the middle, Goodson would have a clear path to IDP utility as a three-down inside linebacker.
Released by the Jets early in the offseason, Marshall signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants on March 8. He celebrated his 33rd birthday a couple weeks later, making him one of the oldest projected starters at his position in the NFL. While coming off an inefficient, injury-plagued campaign in a miserable Jets offense, Marshall did look the part of a No. 1 wideout as recently as 2015, when he caught 109 of 174 targets for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. He won't get that kind of volume in an offense which also features Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard, but it is possible the 33-year-old will establish himself as Eli Manning's second-favorite option in what could be a high-powered passing attack. Though he plans to play out both seasons of his contract, Marshall could reevaluate after the season if he doesn't perform to his usual standards and/or the Giants win a Super Bowl. He's yet to make a playoff appearance in 11 NFL seasons.
Moore hasn't appeared in regular season NFL action since the 2015 season with Houston, when he made 16 tackles in seven games. He'll look to catch on with another team as a depth option at safety.
Rodgers-Cromartie went down on the second play from scrimmage. Trevin Wade will see additional playing time unless he returns.