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Where Giants’ 2024 roster stands after adding 2024 NFL Draft class headed by wide receiver Malik Nabers



Giants GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll still can make targeted additions to their roster this spring, summer and fall.

But their roster entering spring OTA practices provides a close-to-complete framework for what the 2024 team will look like come September.

As Schoen tidies up his not-yet-official undrafted free agent list, and Daboll prepares for rookie minicamp on May 10-11, the Daily News is taking inventory of the Giants’ roster position-by-position to identify upgrades, weaknesses, developments and concerns.

Quarterback: Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Tommy DeVito

Jones is coming off a torn right ACL and second serious neck injury entering his sixth season and Year Two of a four-year, $160 million contract extension. Schoen carefully said “the expectation” is for Jones to be the Giants’ starter when healthy. The Giants tried to trade up for North Carolina QB Drake Maye but were rebuffed by New England at the No. 3 pick. Lock will be QB1 this spring while Jones continues to rehab. Lock could compete for playing time in the fall. The cult hero DeVito may stay on the practice squad if the Giants don’t try to upgrade.

Offensive tackle: Andrew Thomas, Evan Neal, Jermaine Eluemunor, Matt Nelson, Yodny Cajuste, Josh Miles

Schoen curiously did not add any more offensive line depth in the draft, especially at tackle, where the Giants needed a swing tackle to reinforce their line’s bookends. Neal is expected to receive a chance to protect the starting right tackle job, but Eluemunor – who has tackle/guard flex – could end up winning the job in camp. Nelson isn’t the answer there.

Offensive guard: Jon Runyan Jr., Aaron Stinnie, Josh Ezeudu, Marcus McKethan, Jalen Mayfield

Free agent signings Runyan Jr. and Stinnie should upgrade the Giants’ interior. “Being able to set the pocket will help the Giants in a big way, just to be able to function on offense,” a source said. But there is nothing reliable behind them.

Center: John Michael Schmitz, Austin Schlottmann, Jimmy Morrissey

Schmitz, a 2023 second-round pick, must improve in his second season. Schlottmann is “the definition of solid” as a backup, one source said, and could be a good mentor for Schmitz.

Tight end: Darren Waller*, Daniel Bellinger, Theo Johnson, Chris Manhertz, Jack Stoll, Lawrence Cager, Tyree Jackson

The Giants are planning as if Waller has retired, although he hasn’t made his final decision yet. We’re putting the tight ends right behind the linemen because that’s what this position group looks like it will be in 2024: an extension of – and a help to – the O-line. Manhertz and Stoll are both primarily blocking tight ends. The fourth-round pick Johnson has receiving ability, but he’s also a good blocker. If Cager’s leash ever gets longer, he could help in the passing game.

Wide receiver: Malik Nabers, Darius Slayton, Jalin Hyatt, Wan’Dale Robinson, Isaiah Hodgins, Bryce Ford-Wheaton, Gunner Olszewski, Dennis Houston, Chase Cota

Nabers instantly becomes the Giants’ new top weapon, their first true No. 1 wide receiver since Odell Beckham Jr., another former LSU standout. Slayton, the team’s leading receiver four of the last five years, has not reported to the Giants’ spring program over his contract situation, however. Robinson (2022 second-round) and Hyatt (2023 third) are both young players with exciting skills, but they need to prove they can contribute consistently to match their potential.

Running back: Devin Singletary, Tyrone Tracy Jr., Eric Gray, Gary Brightwell, Jashaun Corbin, Deon Jackson, Dante Miller

There is no Saquon Barkley in the Giants’ backfield, but they added a capable three-down complement in Singletary, a pass-catching back with return flex in Tracy and an undrafted rookie in Miller.

Edge rusher: Brian Burns, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, Boogie Basham, Tomon Fox, Benton Whitley, Jeremiah Martin

Burns, Schoen’s big offseason trade acquisition and signing, has to take a giant leap forward to help this defense clamp down and keep this season’s game low scoring. Thibodeaux did the little things well in Year One and got his sack number up in Year Two. It’s time to put it all together. Ojulari’s health will have a lot to say about the quality of the Giants’ depth here.

Defensive tackle: Dexter Lawrence, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Jordan Phillips, Jordon Riley, D.J. Davidson, Ryder Anderson, Timmy Horne

The lack of interior depth behind Lawrence is concerning following last season’s trade of Leonard Williams to Seattle. The good news is that Eagles center Jason Kelce retired this spring, so Lawrence will have a better chance at tilting that lopsided rivalry back to even.

Linebacker: Bobby Okereke, Micah McFadden, Isaiah Simmons, Carter Coughlin, Darius Muasau, Matthew Adams, Darrien Beavers, Dyontae Johnson

Okereke, Schoen’s top acquisition to date, is charged with matching his high 2023 level play in a new system under a new defensive coordinator in Shane Bowen. McFadden, Simmons, Coughlin and Muasau all will factor alongside Okereke, but they all have specific skills and limitations.

Corner: Deonte Banks, Nick McCloud, Cor’Dale Flott, Dru Phillips, Darnay Holmes, Tre Hawkins, Aaron Robinson, Stanley Thomas-Oliver, Kaleb Hayes

McCloud has a good opportunity on the outside opposite Banks, but this position group seems to scream for a late offseason veteran signing to add talent, experience and depth. Jalen Mills is more of a safety but could be asked to chip in more than expected to this group if Flott (a 2022 third-round pick) doesn’t ascend into a starting outside role in Year Three.

Safety: Jason Pinnock, Tyler Nubin, Jalen Mills, Dane Belton, Gervarrius Owens

Nubin’s second-round selection seemed to indicate that the Giants didn’t view Belton, a 2022 fourth-round pick, as a clear starting option on defense alongside Pinnock this fall. Xavier McKinney’s absence could be felt in a significant way on the back end.

Special teams: K Graham Gano, P Jamie Gillan, LS Casey Kreiter, returners Tracy, McKenzie, Olszewski

The reliable battery of Gano-Gillan-Kreiter returns. And the Giants hope Tracy can give them a jolt on kick returns given the NFL’s new rules encouraging returns and bigger plays there.

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