With New York Giants training camp now officially underway, and having completed our long series of training camp previews, the tallies are in and our initial 53-man roster prediction is set. Obviously, things were forced to change a bit as the result of Chris Snee's retirement, and other factors are certain to pop up as the next few weeks move along. But, at least for the time being, this is what we've got.
We have the Giants returning to two quarterbacks on the roster and keeping an extra spot for long-snapper Zak DeOssie. We also have them going with three tight ends, nine offensive linemen, nine defensive linemen and only four safeties.
Here's our full prediction:
Quarterbacks (2): Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
Running Backs (4): Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, Andre Williams, Michael Cox
Fullback (1): John Conner
Wide Receivers (6): Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Mario Manningham, Jerrel Jernigan, Trindon Holliday
Tight Ends (3): Kellen Davis, Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells
Offensive Line (9): Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, James Brewer, Brandon Mosley, Charles Brown
Defensive Ends (4): Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore, Robert Ayers
Defensive Tackles (5): Johnathan Hankins, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley
Linebackers (6): Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger
Cornerbacks (6): Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Zack Bowman, Charles James
Safeties (4): Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps, Cooper Taylor
Special Teams (3): Steve Weatherford, Josh Brown, Zak DeOssie
We've also put together a prediction for the eight-man Practice Squad, which is obviously a bit of a crapshoot. There will undoubtedly be a player or two from this list immediately signed to the active roster of another team, so "subject to change" seems appropriate.
Practice Squad (8): RB Kendall Gaskins, TE Xavier Grimble, WR Marcus Harris, OL Troy Kropog, DT Kelcy Quarles, LB Dan Fox, CB Bennett Jackson, S Nat Berhe
Feel free to begin telling us how far off we are and offering your own 53-man roster predictions.
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