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Projecting the Giants Depth Chart: Backfield

Today we are starting a new series at The Dyspatch, where we project the New York Giants depth chart for each position group, starting with the Backfield. This is a position in which the starters in all but one position group are solidified, but following the draft and Free Agency, there is room for rookies and free agent acquisitions to make their case for a backup role. 

Quarterback

  1. Daniel Jones
  2. Mike Glennon

Taxi Squad: Clayton Thorson

Cuts: Joe Webb

The quarterback room is all but set heading into OTAs and Minicamps. Third Year QB Daniel Jones will be the Giants’ QB1 heading into 2020, despite questions thus far. Recent free agent pick-up Mike Glennon will serve as the Giants QB2, merely insurance should Jones go down with injury. 25-year-old Clayton Thorson looks to be the Giants QB3, pending another signing, so depending on whether the Giants plan to hold a third QB on the 53-man roster, or stash him on the Taxi Squad, he may not make the roster. Finally, Joe Webb looks to be the odd man out, unless his versatility between QB and WR impresses Joe Judge in pre-season and training camp.

Runningback

  1. Saquon Barkley
  2. Devontae Booker
  3. Gary Brightwell

Taxi Squad: Sandro Platzgummer

Cuts: Taquan Mizzel, Jordan Chunn

Superstar RB Saquon Barkley would be RB1 on any team in the NFL besides the Titans and perhaps the Panthers, and in a RB room in which the next best competition is from recent free agent acquisition Devontae Booker and 6th round draft pick Gary Brightwell. I project Devontae Booker to end up being RB2 for the Giants, considering the fact that the Giants front office gave him a pretty hefty contract for a backup. Brightwell will slide comfortably into the RB3 role, and he will also serve on special teams, as he did in college with Arizona. Austrian Sandro Platzgummer first joined the Giants in 2020 with the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program. Although relatively small for a RB (standing just 6-foot, 198 lbs), Platzgummer impressed the Giants enough so that he earned himself a second contract, which he signed in April. Platzgummer is a great story, and he might have impressed the Giants’ front office enough to the point that he earns a spot on the Taxi Squad. Taquan Mizzel and Jordan Chunn project to be cut, as they seem to just be training camp bodies. 

Fullback

  1. Eli Penny
  2. Cullen Gillaspia

Despite the signing of Cullen Gillaspia at the beginning of the roster-building season after he was cut by the Houston Texans, Eli Penny should maintain FB1 into training camp, and unless either one disappoints Joe Judge in their blocking in the preseason and at training camp, both will be on the Giants’ 53 man roster. Additionally, Gillaspia has been a stud special teamer throughout his career thus far, recording two onside kick recoveries along with 9 tackles. His special-teams versatility should be enough to get him onto the 53 man roster. 

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