New York Giants Scouting Reports

 

Scouting Reports Last Updated: August 11, 2018

Quarterbacks:

After enjoying somewhat of a career renaissance in 2014-2015 in a new West Coast Offense system, Eli Manning (and the Giants offense as a whole) suffered through a dramatic downward decline in 2016 and 2017. Manning’s touchdown-to-interception ratio fell from from 35-to-14 in 2015 to 26-to-16 in 2016 to 19-to-13 in 2017. His passing yards (from 4,432 to 4,027 to 3,468), yards per pass play (from 7.2 to 6.7 to 6.1), and QB rating (from 93.6 to 86.0 to 80.4) also dropped significantly. Worse is what happened to the Giants offense. As a team, the Giants fell from from 7th to 17th to 19th in passing offense from 2015 to 2017. Manning was the first player selected in the 2004 NFL Draft and immediately traded to the Giants by the Chargers. The 37-year old Manning owns practically every quarterback record in franchise history. He is 8-4 as a playoff quarterback and a two-time Super Bowl MVP. His best season was 2011 when he carried the Giants to the playoffs, highlighted by eight come-from-behind victories. Manning has the perfect temperament for playing in the New York metropolitan area as the intense media spotlight does not seem to faze him. He is very smart and hard-working. Manning has excellent size and decent arm strength. A true pocket passer, Manning is not a threat to harm a defense with his feet. Although he’s a tough competitor who has never missed a game due to injury in 14 seasons, Manning has become a bit more gun-shy in recent years due to shoddy pass protection. Manning excels in the mental aspects of the game and reads opposing defenses extremely well. The coaching staff trusts him to make complicated pre-snap reads for both the running and passing games. Manning makes rapid decisions and gets rid of the ball quickly, one of the reasons why his career sack numbers are lower than they should be. Manning has never been an overly accurate quarterback (59.8 career completion percentage). Manning is still guilty of making the ill-advised, head-scratching throw when the smarter decision would be to throw the football away or take the sack. His gun-slinger mentality – which leads to big plays – also causes him to make some risky throws in tight windows. Manning was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2011, and played in the game after the 2012 and 2015 regular seasons as an alternate. Given Manning’s age and consecutive down seasons, inevitable questions about his current and future ability as a championship-level passer have started again.

The Giants drafted Davis Webb in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He remained the #3 quarterback on the roster until the season finale when he was promoted to the #2 spot. Webb has the tools. He has ideal size and a very strong arm. He can move around the pocket, but he is not a scrambler. Webb throws a nice deep ball and can wing it through tight windows. But he is a project who needs a lot of technique work and more experience in reading defenses given that he comes from collegiate spread offense. He can be streaky with his accuracy and his decision-making has been questioned despite his intelligence. Webb is a very smart, hard working quarterback who loves the game and who is dedicated to getting better. Webb did not take a snap from center during the 2017 regular season. He finished the preseason 18-of-34 (52.9 percent completion percentage) for 190 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The Giants selected Kyle Lauletta in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Lauletta was a three-year starter who led his conference in passing each of those seasons. Lauletta lacks ideal height, but he’s a well-built quarterback. Lauletta knows how to run an offense, makes smart decisions, is poised, has a quick release, and is an accurate thrower. A good short- to intermediate-passer, Lauletta’s lack of arm strength limits his game outside the hashmarks and down the field. Most pundits see him more as a career back-up than potential NFL starter. MVP of the Senior Bowl.

The Giants signed Alex Tanney in May 2018 after he was cut by the Tennessee Titans. The 6’4”, 220-pound Tanney was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2012 NFL Draft. The well-traveled Tanney has spent time with the Chiefs (2012), Dallas Cowboys (2013), Cleveland Browns (2013), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014), Titans (2014), Buffalo Bills (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2015), and Titans again (2015–2017). Tanney has only played in one regular-season game, coming off the bench for the Titans in 2015.

Running Backs:

The Giants selected Saquon Barkley with the second pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Junior entry. Barkley is a complete three-down back who can make an impact running and catching the football. He has an outstanding combination of size, quickness, and speed. Home-run threat every time he touches the football. Barkley has great vision, instincts, and balance. He makes defenders miss and can accelerate to full speed in a heartbeat. Not limited, he is tough enough to run between the tackles and fast enough to turn the corner. In addition, Barkley is big enough to run through and athletic enough to leap over tackle attempts. Barkley is a very good pass receiver who can hurt a defense down the field in the passing game. Outstanding kick returner. His biggest negatives are that he isn’t a particularly powerful short-yardage back and he will sometimes try to do too much and dance around instead of taking what the defense gives him. Excellent intangibles. Team leader with a good work ethic.

The Giants signed Jonathan Stewart in March 2018 after he was cut by the Carolina Panthers. The 31-year old, 5’10”, 240-pound Stewart was drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Panthers. In 10 seasons with the Panthers, Stewart rushed for 7,318 yards and 51 touchdowns. He also caught 162 passes for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2017, Stewart started 10 games but saw his rushing totals fall to 680 yards, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Injury prone, Stewart has not played a full season since 2011.

Wayne Gallman was drafted in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants. As a rookie, Gallman played in 13 games with one start and carried the football 111 times for 476 yards (4.3 yards per carry). He also caught 34 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. Gallman has decent size but he needs to add more strength and bulk to his frame. Gallman is a well-rounded cutback runner with good vision, elusiveness, and speed. He has good hands as a receiver, but he needs to improve his ball security (three fumbles in 2017).

The Giants signed Jalen Simmons to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Simmons was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Carolina Panthers after the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent the 2016 on the Practice Squad of the Panthers and spent time in 2017 on the Practice Squads of the Panthers and San Diego Chargers. Simmons is a short, stocky running back who lacks ideal speed, but he plays with a low center of gravity and good vision.

The Giants signed Robert Martin as an undrafted rookie free agent after he impressed at the May rookie mini-camp as a tryout player.

Shane Smith began 2017 on the team’s 53-man roster, was waived and signed to the Practice Squad in late September, and then re-signed to the 53-man roster in November. Smith played in 11 games with four starts. He did not touch the football. Smith was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Smith is a classic lead-blocking fullback. He is a gym rat who is super strong. Smart. Good special teams player.

Paul Perkins was waived with a non-football injury in May 2018 and placed on Injured Reserve with a torn pectoral muscle that he suffered before the offseason program began. After a respectable rookie season, Perkins had a very disappointing sophomore season in 2017. Perkins saw both his playing time and productivity markedly decline. In 2016, Perkins played in 14 regular-season games with one start (regular-season finale). He also started the playoff game. Perkins finished the 2016 regular season with 112 carries for 456 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and 15 catches for 162 yards (10.8 yards per catch). In 2017, Perkins started the first four games, but then suffered a rib injury and lost his starting job to Orleans Darkwa. He played in 11 games and finished the year with 41 carries for 90 yards (2.2 yards per carry). He also caught eight passes for 46 yards. Perkins was drafted by the Giants in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Perkins has good vision, quick feet, and cutting ability. He is a tough runner, but his lack of size, strength, and power limits his game. He catches the ball well.

Wide Receivers:

Odell Beckham was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2017 after fracturing his left ankle in Week 5. The ankle injury required surgery. Beckham finished the season with 25 catches for 302 yards (12.1 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. In his first three seasons (2014-2016), Beckham accrued 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns in 43 regular-season games. Beckham’s accolades already include Pro Football Writers of America “Rookie of the Year” (2014), second-team All-Pro (2015, 2016), and Pro Bowl (2014, 2015, 2016). All of this despite constant double teams by opposing defenses. Beckham was drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. While Beckham lacks classic size, his long arms, big hands, and tremendous jumping ability give him a very good catch radius. Beckham is an explosive athlete with excellent speed, quickness, and agility. He is able to play multiple positions, including the slot. Beckham runs good routes, is very quick out of his breaks, adjusts exceptionally well to the football, and regularly makes the circus catch. He is very dangerous with the football in his hands after the catch. Competitive, passionate, and hard working, Beckham’s biggest negatives are his maturity and temperament. Beckham has painted a very large target on his back and has to deal with other teams trying to get under his skin. He did not play well in the 2016 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Beckham also is guilty of the occasional dropped pass, something he needs to clean up.

Sterling Shepard suffered through an injury-plagued 2017 with ankle, migraine, and neck issues causing him to miss five games. He played in 11 games with 10 starts, catching 59 passes for 731 yards (12.4 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Shepard was selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Giants. Shepard started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie, catching 65 passes for 683 yards (10.5 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns, mostly out of the slot. Shepard lacks ideal size and speed, but he is a fluid athlete with good quickness. Shepard runs good routes, is tough going over the middle, and adjusts well to the football. Dropped passes did become more of an issue for him in 2017. While Shepard had two long touchdown passes against the Eagles in 2017, he is not a consistent deep threat, but more of a move-the-chains underneath target.

The Giants signed Cody Latimer as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in March 2018. The 6’2”, 215-pound Latimer was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Broncos. In four seasons with the Broncos, Latimer played in 45 regular-season games with three starts. He has 35 career receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns. Despite missing five games due to injury, 2017 was Latimer’s most productive season as he caught 19 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He’s a big receiver who will fight for the football. While Latimer never lived up to expectations as a receiver in Denver, he was an excellent special teams player (gunner) for the Broncos. He also has some experience returning kickoffs.

The Giants signed Hunter Sharp off of the Practice Squad of the Denver Broncos in December 2017. He played in two games with one start, finishing with five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Sharp was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles waived him in August of that year and Sharp was then signed to the Practice Squad of the Broncos in December 2016. He spent 10 days on Denver’s 53-man roster in October 2017. The 5’11”, 198-pound Sharp lacks ideal size and speed, but he’s a tough, versatile, elusive competitor with return skills.

Kalif Raymond was signed to the Practice Squad in October 2017 and the 53-man roster in November. The 5’9”, 160-pound Raymond was originally signed by the Denver Broncos after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has also spent time with the New York Jets in 2017. Raymond has played in 12 NFL regular-season games, four with the Broncos, two with the Jets, and six with the Giants. Raymond has one career reception for 12 yards. He has returned 20 kickoffs (20.4 yards per return) and 29 punts (7.2 yards per return). Ball security has been a big issue with Raymond as he has seven fumbles in 12 games.

The Giants signed Russell Shepard in May 2018 after he was cut by the Carolina Panthers. The 6’1”, 195-pound Shepard was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. Shepard has spent time with the Eagles (2013), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-2016), and Panthers (2017). He has played in 72 regular-season games with nine starts (including three in 2017). Shepard has 47 career receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns. He is a good gunner on special teams.

The Giants signed Amba Etta-Tawo to the Practice Squad in December 2017. The 6’1”, 208-pound Etta-Tawo was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time on the Practice Squads of the Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

Travis Rudolph was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He began the season on the Giants Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in October 2017. Rudolph played in seven games with one start, catching eight passes for 101 yards (12.6 yards per catch). Rudolph lacks size, speed, and agility, but he plays better than he tests. He runs good routes, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. The question moving forward with Rudolph is can he separate from NFL defensive backs on a consistent basis?

The Giants signed Jawill Davis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Davis is an average-sized receiver. He is a very good athlete with excellent speed.

Injuries to other players thrust Roger Lewis into a far more important role than expected in 2017. Lewis ended up playing in 15 games with eight starts, catching 36 passes for 416 yards (11.6 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. The Giants signed Lewis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Lewis played in 13 regular-season games with one start. He finished with just seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis has decent size and is a good athlete. He flashes the ability to make circus catches and plays down the field, but he has needs to become a much more consistent pro-level route runner and reliable contributor. Lewis has been utilized on special teams as a gunner on punt coverage.

Marquis Bundy is spent most of the 2017 on the Giants Practice Squad before begin signed to the 53-man roster in late December. He started the season finale, but did not have a catch. The 6’4”, 215-pound Bundy was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Cardinals waived him in August 2017 and the Giants then signed him. Bundy is a big receiver with good overall athletic ability. Bundy is not overly physical but he runs good routes.

The Giants signed Alonzo Russell after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2018 rookie mini-camp. The 6’3”, 206-pound Russell was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the Bengals’ Practice Squad. The Bengals waived him in September 2017 and he was signed to the Practice Squad of the Arizona Cardinals in November 2017. He has not played in a regular-season game.

Tight Ends/H-Backs:

Other than too many dropped passes, Evan Engram had a very solid rookie season for the Giants in 2017. Engram played in 15 games with 11 starts and finished the year with a team-high 64 catches for 722 yards (11.3 yards per catch) and a team-high six touchdown receptions. The Giants drafted Engram in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He is not built like a traditional tight end, more like an H-Back/wide receiver ‘tweener. The strength of Engram’s game is catching the football. He creates mismatches because of his combination of size and athletic ability. Engram is quick and fast. He runs good routes and is a natural pass receiver with a good catch radius. While Engram works hard at his blocking, he lacks the frame to ever be a significant factor as an in-line blocking tight end.

Rhett Ellison had a solid inaugural season with the Giants in 2017, but he was underutilized as a receiver by the team. Ellison played in all 16 games with 14 starts, catching a career-high 24 passes for 235 yards (9.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. Ellison was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Vikings. He suffered a serious patellar tendon injury in December 2015. The Giants signed Ellison as an unrestricted free agent in March 2017. Ellison has good size (6’5”, 255 pounds) and is a good blocker. He is very versatile, having the ability to play tight end, H-Back, and fullback. While Ellison lacks ideal speed and quickness, he is a very sure-handed receiver who runs good routes. Ellison is a good special teams player.

Jerell Adams played in all 16 games with one start in 2017. He finished the season with eight receptions for 92 yards (11.5 yards per cathc). Adams was drafted by the Giants in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Adams played in 13 games with two starts, and finished the regular season with 16 catches for 122 yards (7.6 yards per catch) and one touchdown. Adams combines excellent size with decent overall athletic ability. He has the tools to become a quality blocker and receiver if he works hard and develops his potential. Adams adjusts well to the football, has good hands, and flashes some run-after-the-catch ability.

The Giants signed Ryan O’Malley to the Practice Squad and then the 53-man roster in December 2017. He played in the regular-season finale but did not have a catch. O’Malley was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Oakland Raiders after the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent time on both the Practice Squad and 53-man roster of the Raiders in 2016. The Raiders cut him in September 2017 and he spent a few weeks on the Practice Squad of the Bills.  The 6’6”, 260-pound O’Malley has a nice combination of size and athletic skills.

The Giants signed Scott Simonson in June 2018. The 6’5”, 255-pound Simonson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Oakland Raiders after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Raiders waived him in June 2015 and he was then signed by the Carolina Panthers. He spent all of 2017 on Injured Reserve with a back injury. Simonson has played in 18 regular-season games with one start. He has one catch in his NFL career.

The Giants signed undrafted rookie free agent Garrett Dickerson in June 2018. The 6’2”, 244-pound Dickerson is a versatile player who can play a variety of positions including tight end, fullback, and H-Back.

Offensive Tackles:

The Giants signed Nate Solder as an unrestricted free agent from the New England Patriots in March 2018. The 6’8”, 325-pound Solder was drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots. In seven seasons, Solder has started 95 of the 98 regular-season games he has played in. Solder has been a solid player since drafted but has had issues at times in pass protection.

Ereck Flowers improved his play at left tackle in 2017, but he still remains a far too inconsistent player at the position with sloppy technique. Flowers was drafted in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. In his first three seasons, he has started 46 games. After a rough start in 2017, Flowers went through an extended stretch where he did not allow a sack, but then struggled somewhat again towards the end of the season. Flowers is huge lineman with good strength. He can muscle and maul in the run game. Flowers is not a bad athlete for his size, but he continues to struggle with his pass protection technique. Simply put, Flowers is too inconsistent.

Chad Wheeler was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Not only did he make the team, but he ended up playing in 11 games with four starts, three at right tackle and one at left tackle. Wheeler played incredibly well in his first start but then struggled with inconsistency in his other games. Wheeler has a good frame but could use more strength and bulk. He’s a decent athlete who is capable of playing with solid technique. Wheeler has the right temperament for the position but it remains to be seen if he is a viable NFL starter or merely a back-up type.

Nick Becton was signed to the Practice Squad in November 2017 and the 53-man roster in late December. He did not play in a regular-season game in 2017. The 6’6”, 322-pound Becton was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He has spent time with the Chargers (2013), Giants (2014), New Orleans Saints (2014), Chicago Bears (2015-2016), Detroit Lions (2017), and Kansas City Chiefs (2017). Becton has played in six regular-season games with no starts.

The Giants signed Malcom Bunche after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2018 rookie mini-camp. The 6’5”, 320-pound Bunche was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2015 NFL Draft. Bunche has spent time with the Eagles (2015), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2017), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2017). He has not played in a regular-season game.

The Giants claimed Victor Salako off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns in August 2018. The 24-year old, 6’5”, 316-pound Salako was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Practice Squads of both the Eagles and Browns in 2017. Salako has good size but lacks ideal athleticism.

Offensive Guards:

The New York Giants signed Patrick Omameh as an unrestricted free agent from the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2018. The 6’4”, 327-pound Omameh was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the 49ers (2013), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-2014), Chicago Bears (2015), and Jaguars (2016-2017). He has started 45 regular-season games in the NFL, including all 13 he played in last season with the Jaguars at left guard. Omameh is a big, physical player who did a respectable job with the Jaguars.

The Giants selected Will Hernandez in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Four-year starter who lined up at left guard in college. Hernandez lacks ideal height, but he is a big, tough, strong, powerful guard who does his best work in-line and not on the move. Hernandez is a mauler who plays with leverage and gets movement as a run blocker. He plays with an attitude and looks to finish his blocks and punish opponents. Hernandez lacks ideal foot quickness which hampers his game in space as a puller and at the second level. He is a very good pass protector who won’t be bull-rushed and can mirror and slide with pass rushers.

For the second year in a row, John Jerry started every game for the Giants. In 2017, he started four games at right guard and 12 games at left guard. All of his starts in 2016 came at right guard. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins where he started 45 games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014 and started 16 games in 2014 and eight in 2015. Jerry looks the part as he has great size and long arms. Jerry has become a more consistent performer with the Giants but he has never been a physical presence in the ground game and still has issues in pass protection from time to time.

The Giants signed John Greco in November 2017. The 32-year old, 6’4”, 318-pound Greco was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He has spent time with the Rams (2008-2010), Cleveland Browns (2011-2016), and New Orleans Saints (2017). Greco has started 70 of the 117 regular-season games he has played in, including starts at right guard (45), left guard (24), and center (1).

The Giants signed Chris Scott after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2018 rookie mini-camp. The 6’4”, 340-pound Scott was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The well-traveled Scott has spent time with the Steelers (2010−2011), Green Bay Packers (2012), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012), Tennessee Titans (2012), Buffalo Bills (2012), and Carolina Panthers (2013−2016). Scott has played in 45 regular-season games with 12 starts.

The Giants signed Zac Kerin in July 2018. The 6’4”, 305-pound Kerin was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Minnesota Vikings after the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the team’s Practice Squad. After playing in 13 games with no starts for the Vikings in 2015 and 2016, Minnesota waived Kerin in September 2017. Kerin was claimed off of waivers by the Detroit Lions, started one game, but was then placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury.

The Giants signed Nick Gates as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Gates played tackle in college but could project to guard in the NFL. Gates is a tough, durable lineman with decent overall athleticism. He plays with good fundamentals and a bit of a nasty attitude. Gates is a better pass protecter than run blocker. He can have issues anchoring against power and needs to get stronger.

Offensive Centers:

Jon Halapio started the 2017 season on the Giants Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in early October. He played in 10 games and started the last six games at right guard where he was an inconsistent performer. Halapio was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has bounced around different leagues and teams including the Patriots (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Denver Broncos (2014–2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Brooklyn Bolts (2015), and Patriots (2016) again. The Giants added him to their Practice Squad in September 2016. Halapio is stout and strong, but he lacks ideal overall athleticism. Versatile, he played both guard and center for the Giants during the 2017 preseason.

Brett Jones took over the starting center spot for 12 games after Weston Richburg was lost for the season. He was an inconsistent performer and had issues in pass protection in a number of games. Jones was originally drafted by the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 2013 and named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Rookie” after that season. Jones was also named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman” in 2014. He signed by the Giants in February 2015 and placed on Injured Reserve in September 2015 after spraining the MCL in his knee on the preseason finale. In 2016, Jones was on the active roster for 14 regular-season games and made one start at left guard, but left the game very early with an injury. Jones lacks size but he is well built with good overall athleticism. He is a tough, aggressive lineman and very smart. Versatile, he can play both guard and center. It remains to be seen if he is a viable NFL starter or merely better suited as a back-up.

The Giants signed Evan Brown as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Brown is a versatile player with experience at guard and center. He lacks ideal size and athleticism, but Brown is an aggressive, fundamentally sound and consistent player. Better in-line, he is not adept blocking on the move.

Defensive Ends:

The Giants drafted Dalvin Tomlinson in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Tomlinson started every game as a rookie and finished the season with 50 tackles and one sack. Tomlinson is an average-sized tackle who is very strong and tough. He had a good year as a run defender and will likely improve in this area with more NFL experience. Tomlinson flashes at times as a pass rusher, but it is not the strength of his game.

The Giants drafted B.J. Hill in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Hill is an average-sized defensive tackle who could project to defense end in the Giants’ 3-4 scheme. He is a quick, athletic player for his size. Hill plays with good leverage and is a tough, disruptive run defender although he can have issues at the point-of-attack. To date, he has not proven to be much of a pass rusher.

The Giants signed Josh Mauro as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2018 after he was cut by the Cardinals. The 6’6”, 282-pound, English-born Mauro was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but was signed by the Cardinals after he was cut. In four seasons with the Cardinals, Mauro played in 47 regular-season games with 26 starts, 20 of which came in the last two years. In 2017, Mauro started seven games and finished the season with 22 tackles and one sack. Mauro is a hard-working run player who does not get much heat on the quarterback (only two career sacks).

In his four seasons with the Giants, Kerry Wynn has not proven to be more than an adequate back-up type who does not make many plays. Wynn played in 15 games with three starts in 2017 and finished the season with just 19 tackles and one sack. Wynn was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 49 regular-season games, with 10 starts. Wynn has a nice combination of size, strength, and overall athletic ability. Wynn is a better run defender than pass rusher as he lacks dynamic quickness on the outside pass rush (just three career sacks). He is able to play defensive tackle in pass-rush situations.

The Giants placed Josh Banks on Injured Reserve in September 2017 with a shoulder injury (torn labrum) that he suffered in the preseason finale that required surgery. Banks was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He is an athletic, undersized defensive tackle who flashes the ability to disrupt and make plays in the backfield.

The Giants signed A.J. Francis in May 2018 after he was cut by the Washington Redskins. The 6’5”, 327-pound Francis was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Miami Dolphins after the 2013 NFL Draft. Francis has spent time with the Dolphins (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Dolphins again (2013–2015), Seattle Seahawks (2015), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2016), and Redskins (2016–2017). Francis has played in nine regular-season games with no starts.

The Giants selected R.J. McIntosh in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Junior entry. McIntosh is a tall, athletic defensive tackle who could project to defensive end in the Giants’ 3-4 defense. He has a very quick first step, is agile, and will chase in lateral pursuit. Active, hustling play-maker who is able to penetrate into the backfield. McIntosh can have issues at the point-of-attack against the double team. He flashes as a pass rusher.

Kristjan Sokoli was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2018 after tearing an ACL in one of his knees in the preseason opener. The Giants Sokoli signed to the Practice Squad in late December 2017. Sokoli was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The 6’5”, 300-pound Sokoli has spent time with the Seahawks (2015), Indianapolis Colts (2016), and New Orleans Saints (2017). The Albanian-born player has played both on the offensive and defensive lines.

Nose Tackles:

Damon Harrison was arguably the best player on the team in 2017. Despite dealing with nagging ankle and elbow injuries, Harrison started all 16 games and finished the season with 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three pass defenses, and one interception. Harrison was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Giants signed him as an unrestricted free agent in March 2016. In his first season with the Giants, Harrison had a superb year, starting every game and finishing the regular season with career highs in tackles (86) and sacks (2.5). Harrison is a strong, mammoth player with surprising athleticism for someone so large. He is a rock against the run, able to hold the point-of-attack against the double-team block. He may be the NFL’s best inside run defender. Though Harrison is a better run defender than pass rusher, he will flash at times getting after the quarterback.

Robert Thomas played in 15 games with no starts in 2017 and finished the season with 16 tackles. Thomas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Washington Redskins after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Redskins (2014-2015), Seahawks (2015), Patriots (2015), Dolphins (2015), and Panthers (2016). The Giants claimed Thomas off of waivers from the Panthers in September 2016; he played in eight regular-season games with no starts and finished the year with five tackles and one sack. Thomas is a big, strong tackle who plays hard but rarely stands out.

The Giants signed Tyrell Chavis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Giants signed Izaah Lunsford in July 2018. The 6’3”, 310-pound Lunsford was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Green Bay Packers after the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent all of 2017 on the team’s Practice Squad.

Outside Linebackers:

Olivier Vernon’s first two seasons with the Giants have been somewhat sabotaged due to nagging injuries and his 2017 campaign was a major disappointment. Although Vernon played in all 16 regular-season games in 2016, a serious left hand/wrist injury affected his play. In 2017, he missed four games with an ankle injury that also continued to be a factor in other games. In 2016, Vernon finished with 63 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He was also named second-team All-Pro. His totals dropped in 2017 with 37 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles. Vernon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2016. Vernon lacks classic size, but he is a very strong, athletic end with long arms. When on top of his game, he is one of the better two-way ends in football and is equally disruptive against the run and the pass. Vernon can get heat on the quarterback from both the end and tackle positions, and gets a lot of hits on the quarterback (though not in 2017). He needs to stay healthy and be consistently productive.

The Giants signed Kareem Martin as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2018. The 6’6”, 272-pound Martin was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cardinals as a defensive end. The Cardinals moved him to linebacker after his rookie season. Martin had his best season in 2017, playing in all 16 regular-season games with 10 starts and finished the year with 24 tackles, one sack, three pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. Martin is a ‘tweener who does his best work moving forward rather than moving backwards in space.

The Giants drafted Lorenzo Carter in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Lorenzo is tall, athletic 3-4 linebacker who moves very well for his size. He is a disruptive forward mover who flies around the field and has a knack for creating turnovers. Lorenzo causes problems with his quickness and closing burst but can get hung up on blocks at times. He flashes as a pass rusher. Lorenzo will need work in coverage but he is a good athlete. Improving player with a big upside.

The Giants signed Connor Barwin as an unrestricted free agent from the Los Angeles Rams in July 2018. The 6’4”, 255-pound Barwin was originally selected in the 2nd-round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He has spent time with the Texans (2009-2012), Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2016), and Rams (2017). Barwin has played in 127 regular-season games with 108 starts, accruing 55.5 career sacks. His best season was in 2014 when he compiled 64 tackles and 14.5 sacks. Barwin finished 2017 with 34 tackles and five sacks. Barwin is a solid, well-rounded linebacker who is on the downside of his career. He is a good presence both on and off the field.

Avery Moss was drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants. As a rookie, he played in 11 games with two starts. He finished with 14 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Moss has good size with long arms and is a good athlete. Moss flashes as a disruptive run defender and pass rusher, but he needs to become more consistent and get stronger at the point-of-attack. He is a competitor who plays hard. Needs technique work.

Romeo Okwara was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2017 with a knee injury that he suffered in practice. He was activated off of IR in December but did not play again. The Giants signed Okwara as an undrafted free agent defensive end after the 2016 NFL Draft. Okwara played in every game in 2016 with four regular-season starts (36 percent of defensive snaps), and finished the year with 25 tackles, one sack, and two pass defenses. Okwara played in the first five games of the 2017 season and was credited with just three tackles. Okwara looks the part with excellent size and arm length. He’s a hard worker with a fine motor. While Okwara is a good athlete, he lacks dynamic quickness to excel as outside pass rusher. He flashes more when rushing from the defensive tackle position. Okwara is a solid run defender, but he can still improve his consistency in this area.

Jordan Williams began the season on the team’s Practice Squad, was added to the 53-man roster for a week in November, and then re-signed to the Practice Squad. He played in just one game where he was credited with two tackles. Williams was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Jets (2015) and Miami Dolphins (2015-2016) before being signed by the Giants to the Practice Squad in December 2016. Williams flashed at times for the Giants during the 2017 preseason with his combination of quickness and strength. A bit of a ‘tweener, he is versatile enough to play defensive tackle in some packages.

Inside Linebackers:

The Giants traded with the Rams for Alec Ogletree in March 2018, giving the Rams 4th- and 6th-round draft picks. Ogletree was drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Rams. He made the All-Rookie team in 2013 and was named second-team All-Pro in 2016. Ogletree lacks classic size (6’2”, 235 pounds). He’s more of a run-and-hit and coverage linebacker who is very athletic and a team leader, being voted team captain twice with the Rams. Ogletree played both 4-3 outside and 3-4 inside linebacker for the Rams. In 2017, Ogletree started all 15 regular-season games he played in, finishing with 95 tackles, two sacks, 10 pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. He’s averaged over 100 tackles per season in the NFL in five seasons.

B.J. Goodson was placed on Injured Reserve in late December with a high ankle sprain that nagged him much of the season. Goodson missed two games in September with a shin injury, returned to the starting lineup in October, but then missed six of his next eight games with the ankle issue. In all, Goodson started seven games and finished 2017 with 53 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Goodson was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in 15 regular-season games with no starts, finishing with nine tackles and one forced fumble. Goodson is a big, strong, physical linebacker who plays the run better than the pass. He is a big hitter and good tackler. To become a complete player, Goodson has to improve his pass coverage. Goodson lacks ideal speed and agility. He also has to prove he can stay healthy.

The Giants claimed Ray-Ray Armstrong off of waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in late November 2017. Armstrong played in five games for the Giants with one start, finishing the season with 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Armstrong was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the St. Louis Rams after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Rams (2013-2014), Oakland Raiders (2014-2015), and 49ers (2015-2017). Armstrong has played in 63 regular-season games with 11 starts, six of which came in 2017 with the 49ers and Giants. Armstrong is a good athlete who lacks ideal size and instincts.

Mark Herzlich was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2017 with a neck injury (burner) and missed the entire season. Herzlich was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2011 NFL Draft. He has started 17 regular-season games in his seven seasons with the Giants, eight of which were in 2014. Herzlich played in 14 regular-season games in 2016, missing two with a concussion. He finished with seven tackles on defense. Herzlich has very good size but is a sub-par athlete for the position. He is a good run defender, but struggles in coverage and is not much of a blitzer. Herzlich is a good special teams player.

Calvin Munson was signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. Not only did he make the team, but Munson played in 14 games with five starts, accruing 60 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. Munson has good size and intangibles, but lacks ideal agility which hurts him in space and in pass coverage. He also needs to disengage from blocks better.

The Giants signed Tae Davis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Davis is a special teams standout who has experience at both safety and outside linebacker.

The Giants signed Thurston Armbrister to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Armbrister was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Jaguars (2015) and Detroit Lions (2016-2017). Armbrister has played in 30 regular-season games with five starts, and has accumulated 38 tackles and one pass defense. He did not play in a regular-season game in 2017. Armbrister lacks ideal size and athleticism, but he is a good run defender with fine intangibles.

Cornerbacks:

Janoris Jenkins was placed on Injured Reserve in late November with an ankle injury that had bothered him much of the season and required surgery. Jenkins started all nine games he played in, but missed one game due to suspension for violating team rules. He finished 2017 with 31 tackles, 9 pass defenses, and three interceptions – two of which he returned for touchdowns. Jenkins was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Giants signed him as unrestricted free agent in March 2016. In his first season with the Giants, Jenkins had his best season to date, being voted to his first Pro Bowl and his first All-Pro (second-team) selection. Jenkins started every game in 2016, except for missing one game due to a back injury, and finished the season with 49 tackles, one sack, 18 pass defenses, three interceptions, and one forced fumble. Jenkins is an average-sized corner with excellent speed and quickness. He is a confident, instinctive coverman who has developed into one of the NFL’s best corners.

Eli Apple had a disastrous sophomore season with the Giants, with inconsistent play on the field and trouble off of it. Apple played in 11 games with seven starts, finishing with 49 tackles and eight pass defenses. He was designated inactive four times and lost playing time (including four starts) to less-talented players. Apple was then suspended by the Giants for conduct detrimental to the team in the last week of the season. Apple had family issues off the field and battled with coaches and teammates. Whether due to play or attitude, the Giants clearly lost confidence in Apple as the season progressed. The Giants drafted Apple in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he missed two games with hamstring and groin injuries, but surprisingly started 11 of the 14 regular-season games he played in. Apple finished the season with 51 tackles, seven pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. Apple combines good size with excellent overall athletic ability, speed, and quickness. He flashes as both a run defender and pass defender. There are games where he has shutdown talented receivers. But he has been inconsistent in his play, often is too grabby in coverage, doesn’t make enough plays on the ball, and at times was too passive and/or uninterested in playing physical football in 2017. Apple has a big upside, but his immaturity may wreck his career.

The Giants signed B.W. Webb in March 2018 after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. The 5’11”, 190-pound Webb was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Webb has spent time with the Cowboys (2013), Steelers (2014), Titans (2015), Saints (2016), Bears (2017), and Browns (2017). Webb has played 49 regular-season games with 10 starts – eight of which were with the Saints in 2016. Webb is a very good athlete and plays with an attitude, but he has not been able to stick with a club since entering the league.

Donte Deayon was placed on Injured Reserve in late November 2017 with a fractured forearm. Deayon began the season on the Giants Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in October. He played in four games in 2017 and finished with 10 tackles and one pass defense. The Giants originally signed Deayon as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He was added to the Practice Squad in September 2016 and placed on the Practice Squad/Injured Reserve in October 2016 with an unknown injury. Deayon is a fluid, dimunitive corner with very good quickness and leaping ability. He is tough and confident, and can play the slot position. However, his lack of size hurts him both in coverage and especially against the run.

The Giants signed Chris Lewis-Harris after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2018 rookie mini-camp. Lewis-Harris was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2012 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Bengals (2012-2016), Baltimore Ravens (2016), and Denver Broncos (2017). Lewis-Harris has only played in 33 regular-season games with no starts. He is a smart player who has experience at both nickel and outside corner.

The Giants signed Leonard Johnson as an unrestricted free agent in August 2018. The 5’10”, 194-pound Johnson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2012 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Buccaneers (2012-2015), New England Patriots (2015), Carolina Panthers (2016), and Buffalo Bills (2017). In six NFL seasons, Johnson has played in 77 regular-season games with 27 starts, including seven starts with the Bills in 2017, when he was the team’s slot corner. Johnson has five career interceptions, but the last came in 2014.

The Giants signed Grant Haley as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Haley is a short, but well-built corner with good speed and agility. He has experience playing both outside and the slot nickel positions. So-so ball skills.

The Giants signed Mike Jones as undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. The team waived him in June and re-signed him in August 2018.

The Giants placed Sam Beal on Injured Reserve in July 2018 with a shoulder injury that required surgery. The Giants selected Beal in the 3rd round of the Supplemental Draft in July 2018. Beal combines good body length (6’1”, 185 pounds) and overall athleticism (4.5 in the 40-yard dash). He’s a smooth, natural cover corner who can flip his hips and has quick feet. Beal does need to improve his run defense.

Safeties:

The Giants placed Landon Collins on Injured Reserve in late December after he fractured his forearm in a Week 16 game against he Cardinals. It marked the end of a frustrating season for Collins who played much of the year with a nagging ankle injury that he suffered in early October. Collins finished 2017 with 104 tackles, six pass defenses, two interceptions, and one forced fumble in 15 games. He was also voted to his second consecutive Pro Bowl. Collins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He had his breakout season in 2016, being voted to his first Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. Collins started every game and finished the year with 125 tackles, four sacks, 13 pass defenses, and five interceptions. Collins is a big, tough, physical safety who lacks ideal quickness and recovery speed and thus is better suited for strong safety. Collins is good hitter and tackler and plays the run very well. He dramatically improved his play against the pass in 2016 and has rapidly developed into one of the best safeties in the NFL.

The Giants signed Curtis Riley as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans in March 2018. The 6’0”, 190-pound Riley was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Titans after the 2015 NFL Draft. Riley spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve with an ankle injury. He played in four games in 2016 and seven games in 2017 with no starts. Last season, he accrued 12 tackles, two pass defenses, and one interception. Riley has some experience at safety.

After missing most of his rookie season with a Lisfranc foot injury, Darian Thompson started all 16 games for the Giants in his sophomore season, accruing 75 tackles, six pass defenses, and one interception. Thompson has average size and athletic ability for the position, but he is smart, mature player with good instincts. He has less than ideal physicality and range and did not make as many plays on the football as expected however. The question with Thompson is he better suited as a starter or backup?

The Giants signed Michael Thomas as an unrestricted free agent from the Miami Dolphins in March 2018. The 5’11”, 195-pound Thomas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2012 NFL Draft. After spending most of two seasons on the 49ers’ Practice Squad, Thomas was signed to the 53-man roster of the Dolphins in December 2013. In five seasons in Miami, Thomas has played in 56 games with 25 starts. In 2017, Thomas played in 13 games with two starts and finished the season with 27 tackles and one pass defense. He was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2017 with a knee injury. Thomas is a versatile player who has experience both at both safety spots and nickel corner. Thomas doesn’t make many plays on the football with only six career pass defenses and one interception. But he is a very good special teams player (55 special teams tackles in four years) who was also captain of the special teams in Miami.

The Giants signed William Gay in April 2018 after he was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in March. The 5’10”, 187-pound Gay was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Gay has played in every regular-season game in 10 seasons with the Steelers (2007-2011, 2013-2017) and one with the Arizona Cardinals (2012) with 101 starts. Despite all of that playing time, Gay has just 13 career interceptions. Gay is a savvy veteran who can play the slot corner position but who also is clearly in the final stages of a solid career. He lacks speed and saw his playing time markedly decline in 2017. Good locker room presence.

Andrew Adams saw his playing time decrease in 2017, but he still played in all 16 games with four starts. He finished the year with 34 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble. The Giants originally signed Adams as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Force-fed into the starting line-up in 2016 due to injuries to other players, Adams played in 14 regular-season games with 13 starts. He finished the year with 46 tackles, five pass defenses, and one interception. Adams lacks ideal size and athleticism. He performs better moving forward than playing in reverse and does not make many plays on the football in the air.

The Giants signed Orion Stewart in May 2018 after he was cut by the Washington Redskins in April. The 6’2”, 205-pound Stewart was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Denver Broncos after the 2017 NFL Draft. Stewart has spent time with the Broncos (2017), Buffalo Bills (2017), and Redskins (2017-2018). He has not played in any regular-season games.

The Giants signed Sean Chandler as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Chandler is a short, but well-built safety who has experience at slot cornerback. He is tough, physical, and aggressive against the run. Chandler lacks speed which hurts his range and ability to stick with receivers down the field. Better covering underneath routes. Good special teams player.

The Giants signed Mike Basile as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft in August. The 6’1”, 200-pound Basile lacks ideal speed, but he is a hard-working, tough, smart, and instinctive football player with good foot quickness.

Punters, Kickers, and Snappers:

The Giants traded with the Rams for Riley Dixon in April 2018, giving the Broncos a conditional 7th-round draft pick. The 6’4”, 221-pound Dixon was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Broncos. In 16 regular-season games as a rookie, Dixon punted 89 times and averaged 45.7 yards per punt (41.3 yard net). He was named to the all-rookie team. In 2017, Dixon punted 73 times and averaged 45.6 yards per punt (40.2 yard net) with two blocked punts. Dixon is a big, strong-legged punter.

Place kicker Aldrick Rosas was signed by the Giants to a reserve/future contract in January 2017 and the Giants risked going into the season with a very talented but unproven kicker. Rosas was 17-of-25 (72 percent) on field goals and 20-of-23 (87 percent on extra points). He had four kicks blocked. Forty-two percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Rosas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tennessee Titans after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Titans cut Rosas in early September before the season started. Rosas has a very strong leg and is capable of connecting from extreme distances (he made all three of his kicks over 50 yards), but he was far too inconsistent in 2017 (7-of-14 between 30-49 yards).

The Giants signed place kicker Marshall Koehn to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018. Koehn was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Dolphins (2016), Minnesota Vikings (2017), and Cincinnati Bengals (2017). He’s played in only one regular-season game with no field goal attempts. During the 2017 preseason, Koehn made 2-of-3 field goal attempts.

Zak DeOssie is one of the NFL’s most consistent long snappers, being voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010. DeOssie was drafted as a linebacker by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He is now strictly a special teams player. In his 11 NFL seasons, DeOssie has only missed four games (all in 2015 with a wrist injury). Aside from his long snapping duties, DeOssie also excels in punt coverage.