New York Giants: Positions To Keep An Eye On With Cuts Around The Corner

New York Giants

The New York Giants will set their fifty-three man roster in a week from today. Over this next week, the team will be determining who will stay and who will go. The Giants do have a few positions of need, and they also have few positions of strength. Ahead of camp cuts, which positions are worth keeping a close eye on?

UDFA Wide Receivers

Behind Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate, the Giants have a positional battle at the wide receiver position. Corey Coleman will be competing with a number of rookie wide receivers to win the fourth wide receiver position.

New York has four undrafted free agent wide receivers currently on the roster. Derrick Dillon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack, and Cody White were all signed by the Giants this offseason. They have all had their fair share of ups and downs in camp, but Victor and Mack have had a few more standout plays.

There are also two other receivers making their names known in camp: David Stills and Alex Bachman. Both players have impressed in practice and could earn themselves a spot on the final roster. For all of these wide receivers, this next week of practice is crucial.

New York Giants: What To Expect From The Backup Running Backs?

New York Giants, Dion Lewis

The New York Giants are a struggling and rebuilding team that lacks star talent. Except for the running back position. The Giants have one of the best running backs in the NFL in Saquon Barkley. Some may argue that he is the best running back in the NFL. But last season, Barkley was injured and sidelined for three games.

The Giants struggled to run the ball without Barkley in the lineup. They even struggled to run the ball upon his return to the lineup. Barkley returned extraordinarily fast from his high ankle sprain and played through the “nagging” ankle injury the rest of the season.

If Saquon Barkley were to go down again, are the Giants prepared? Even if he is healthy, is there a competent backup running back on this roster to play in relief of a fatigued Saquon Barkley?

Be sure to check out this video below for a better understanding of why Saquon Barkley struggled in 2019:

Dion Lewis

This offseason, the Giants signed former Patriots and Titans running back Dion Lewis as a backup running back. Dion Lewis had his best season in 2017 with the Patriots, rushing for 896 yards and receiving for 214 yards to go along with 9 total touchdowns. Lewis has been a reliable receiver out of the backfield throughout his career and was a fine complement to Derrick Henry’s hard-nosed running style in Tennessee.

Lewis is the oldest running back on the roster and likely the best in pass protection. Barkley has struggled in that department through his first two professional seasons. Dion Lewis could help improve the Giants’ pass protection in 2020.

New York Giants: 2 dark horse UDFAs to keep an eye on in 2020

New York Giants, Derrick Dillon

The New York Giants have struggled at the kick returner position over the past few years. Flashing back to David Wilson and his explosiveness gives us an idea of what a good return man can do for the offense and field position.

The likes of Corey Coleman and former Giant Cody Latimer were lackluster from a kick return standpoint. Jabrill peppers entered the fold and suffered a season-ending injury after a fantastic return against the Bears in 2019.

However, Latimer is no longer a Giant, and Coleman is coming off an ACL tear. The coaches will be looking for another player to test out the position, and that is where to undrafted free agents potentially enter the picture.

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Here are two undrafted players the New York Giants could utilize in 2020:

1.) Javon Leake

Leake is an exciting young player out of Maryland. At 6 foot and 215 pounds, Leake represents an explosive straightaway runner who can burst into the open field. While he lacks lateral mobility and agility, if there is an open hole to run through, Javon can certainly exploit it.

He compares well to Tevin Coleman, who is a decent pass-catching back and can explode through running lanes.

While the Maryland product only enjoyed 155 total touches over three seasons, his big-play potential makes him someone to keep an eye on this summer. While I don’t believe he will earn one of the top three running back slots, I believe he can be a decent contributor on special teams, specifically as a kick returner.

New York Giants: 3 undrafted rookies to keep an eye on this summer

New York Giants, Javon Leake

New York Giants had a fantastic NFL draft this year, but they landed several high upside players as undrafted free agents. Of course, we have been focusing on fourth overall pick Andrew Thomas and safety Xavier McKinney more than most, but diving into the unknown players that most overlook can sometimes be beneficial.

As we have seen in the past with players like Victor Cruz and even Ahmad Bradshaw being drafted in the seventh round, unexpected talent can emerge as productive players at the NFL level.

Here’s a look at three New York Giants undrafted free agents we should keep an eye on this summer:

1.) WR Binjimen Victor

We have covered Binjimen Victor extensively the past few months, as his size and frame give Daniel Jones a quality target in the intermediate passing game. At 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, Victor closely resembles AJ Green in terms of size. If he can add a bit of strength off the line of scrimmage, he can increase his efficiency on contested footballs and experience better releases.

Victor also has the size to be a solid red-zone threat, earning six touchdowns over 12 games in 2019. While he didn’t start until his senior season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, his emergence gives the Giants some underrated talent that could compete for the fourth spot on the wide receiver corps. He will be looking to dislodge Corey Coleman for the final slot, and after his injury last year, there is a solid chance that you could push him off the roster altogether.

While I do think it will take some time for Victor to adapt to the physicality and speed of the NFL, he has the tangible traits to become a productive player for the Giants.