Now that we know who the members of the New York Giants’ 2014 draft class are, it’s time to start figuring out who’s going to fit in where.
That’s what those of you who sent me questions for this installment of the mailbag want to know.
Heck, it’s what I want to know as well.
For those interested, the Giants will be allowing the media in to watch some of their OTAs, starting next week.
I'll be there, and I'll share my observations regarding what we might be able to expect from the Giants offense, defense and special teams.
Let's get to your questions.
Thanks for the question, Frank. I haven’t seen the players practice yet, but based on the film I was able to get hold of (which you can see in my article on the undrafted free agents), defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles probably has the best chance of sticking as of right now.
Quarles seems to have decent size and quickness, though, there are some who question whether his production was a result of lining up on the same line as Jadeveon Clowney, who obviously drew multiple blockers.
Also as I noted, the Giants have two defensive tackles, Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, who are over the age of 30.
I could see them adding another defensive tackle to this mix if for no other reason than to let him develop for the 2014 season.
I’ll try to keep you guys posted on Quarles’ and the other rookies’ progress through the OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
Thanks for the question Doug. Injuries are going to play a large role in who actually starts, but the way I see things as of this moment, I believe that receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and center Weston Richburg are the two with the best chance of being Day 1 starters.
The Giants are probably going to run a lot of three-wide sets, with Rueben Randle and Beckham as the outside guys and Victor Cruz in the slot. So yes, Beckham, if he’s healthy, stands to contribute a lot this year.
As for Richburg, if he’s has as good as advertised, they will find a place for him in the starting lineup. What I’m curious to see is if that spot will be center or guard.
Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters after the draft that in Ben McAdoo’s offense, the center is going to be more involved with making the protection calls.
Do the coaches want to trust a rookie to do that, or do they prefer to stick with J.D. Walton for that role, assuming he’s healthy? Quite honestly, I could see it going either way.
As for who doesn’t get to play center, I think he’ll move in as the starting right guard. Yes, there’s a chance that Chris Snee returns, but I wouldn’t count on him making it through a 16-game schedule.
I think—and again, I haven’t seen any practices yet—Snee might be of better use coming off the bench as a backup guard/center as I believe he’d be an upgrade to the depth at those positions.
I also think that running back Andre Williams is going to be a contributor, but not as a starter.
The thing to watch with Williams is how well he progresses as a pass receiver and as a pass blocker, two things he really didn’t do much of last year at Boston College.
Right now I think he’s behind Jennings and Peyton Hillis on the depth chart, but there’s a good chance that by the end of the year, Williams will pass Hillis.
Getting back to Richburg, I could see a scenario where if Walton has a strong camp and the rookie has a strong camp, one of them moves to right guard in place of Snee.
I’d much rather see Richburg get his feet wet and be given as many opportunities since he’s the future at center.
Thanks for the question Sebastian. I think the Giants would like to keep two quarterbacks this year; however, that will depend on how well Ryan Nassib takes to the new offense and how injuries factor into the equation.
However, keep an eye on Josh Freeman, as he could potentially complicate things.
Hey Ed, thanks or the question. I disagree with you—I think Markus Kuhn and Mike Paterson are going to make the final roster, barring any injuries.
Third-round pick Jay Bromley should make it as well, but I don’t think he’s going to play too much in that defensive tackle rotation in this, his rookie season.
If Kelcy Quarles has a strong camp, I could see him finding a spot on the practice squad, though, we'll see if he ends up pushing someone for a roster spot.
Hey Jon, great to hear from you. As I said in the opening question, I haven’t yet had a chance to see the players practice, so it’s probably unfair of me to answer what I think is going to happen.
As to whether tight end Adrien Robinson is ready to step up this year, he told me last year that he was. This, of course, was before he went on to suffer a preseason foot injury that wiped out most of his second season.
I think after two years, this will definitely be make-or-break season for him. He has the talent and the tools to get it done.
The big question for him—as with a lot of the offensive players on that roster—is how he will come along with studying and absorbing the playbook?