Giant Flaws: Top 3 Weakest Positions

The Giants Beat examines which positions along the depth chart will need to pick up the slack in order for Big Blue to start training camp off on the right foot.

Entering training camp for the 2015 season the Giants are more well-rounded than they have been in the previous two seasons, employing ample depth at multiple position groups. However, every team has weaknesses and here are the Giants top three position groups that could use some improvement entering the 2015 season.

Linebackers

Projected Starters: Devon Kennard, Jon Beason, J.T. Thomas

Depth: Jameel McClain, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich, Victor Butler, Tony Johnson

Analysis:

Middle linebacker Jon Beason is the unquestioned leader of this unit, having being selected to three pro bowls (2008, 2009, & 2010) and one first team all pro selection in 2008. It’s evident that Beason’s first team all pro days are behind him as injuries have derailed the last four years of his career only playing four games a season ago. In just his ninth season Beason can still be an impactful player in the middle.

McClain provides a solid security blanket for the Giants if Beason goes down as he recorded over 110 tackles on the Ravens just a season ago. Kennard is a former fifth round pick from 2014 and recorded 4.5 sacks and just over 40 tackles in his rookie year; this is actually fairly good value for a fifth rounder but not exactly the most proven starter on the roster for the Giants. JT Thomas started a season ago for the Jags where he recorded 84 tackles and was a role player on a defense that boasted a mediocre linebacking core. Herzlich and Casillas add rotational depth for the unit but are not every-down starters. The combination of all the players make this unit one that could be improved during training camp and on-the-field communication drills can allow any group to execute efficiently.

Safeties

Projected Starters: Landon Collins (SS), Cooper Taylor (FS)

Depth: Mykkele Thompson (FS), Nat Berhe (SS), Jeromy Miles (SS)

Analysis:

The talent is potentially there for the safety position group on the Giants, but the rookies make it too much of a risk to not label it as one of the weaker groups on the teams’ depth chart. Landon Collins is an explosive and fast-tackling rookie out of Alabama with 4.5 speed and excellent leadership skills. If his college pedigree is able to crossover and translate to NFL success, Collins very well could be one of the more revered strong safeties in the league. Cooper Taylor is rather unknown despite entering his third season in the league, and only has four career tackles to show for it. The team views him as a project player that they are finally ready to unveil, hopefully he is able to show the league that he was worth two years of investment. Backing up Cooper is rookie Mykkele Thompson who scouts praised for his coverage and ball hawking ability. However as a fifth round pick the expectation is that he is not completely NFL ready despite having a University of Texas Pedigree. Berhe and Miles are worst-case-scenario insurance if Collins were to become injured. The lack of professional experience in this group makes it one of the weakest on the Giants depth chart.

Tight Ends

Projected Starter: Larry Donnell

Depth: Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells, Jerome Cunningham

Analysis:

Donnell surprised a lot of the league by coming out of nowhere last season and recording 63 receptions for 623 yards and 6 touchdowns. Donnell was one of the more consistent players on the Giants’ offense a season ago and definitely saw a spike in utility after Victor Cruz went down. Adrien Robinson is fourth round pick entering his fourth season and only has 5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown to show for it. Fells hasn’t been a relevant tightend in years after a failed two year stint with the Patriots. Cunningham has no recorded statistics but is only 24 years of age, but has been getting looks during training camp. The lack of depth in this group make it one of the weaker units, however it is the only abnormally depth-shy position group on the Giants talented offensive roster.


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