Just days away from the first preseason game, both the New York Jets and Giants have released their first versions of their depth chart.
By Robby Sabo
Ever so slowly the 2015 NFL season is creeping up. From OTAs to minicamp, to training camp, to preseason – the New York Jets and Giants are now just days away from their first official game of the year.
Due to this splendid time of the calendar year, both squads have released the first versions of their 2015 depth charts.
While key cogs remain firmly planted in their spots, this announcement always brings some major surprises. Whether it’s due to lack of performance in camp, an out-of-shape appearance, or simply a motivational tactic, some find themselves third-string, realizing work needs to be done.
For the Jets, tight-end Jace Amaro is just one example.
The second-year tight end finds himself as the third-string tight-end behind Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis. This, despite the second-round 2014 draft pick playing 14 games and starting four a season ago.
At wide receiver, Chris Owusu finds himself as the No. 4 guy. He’s currently ahead of injured rookie Devin Smith and training camp stud Shaq Evans.
Defense is pretty status-quo. One major note is Stephen Bowen finding himself on second-string along the defensive line while Kevin Vickerson is firmly planted at the bottom. Darrin Walls will begin as the No. 4 cornerback ahead of Dexter McDougle.
On the New York Giants side of things, there are less surprises.
On the offense, Daniel Fells is currently listed as the starter over 2014 surprise Larry Donnell who racked up 63 catches, 623 yards and six touchdowns last season. Andre Williams is listed as the No. 2 running back, while Shane Vereen the No. 3 – serving as the sure-fire third-down guy.
Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Geoff Schwartz and Marshall Newhouse assemble the Giants first starting offensive line of the season.
In place of much-maligned Jason Pierre-Paul on the defensive end is Kerry Wynn. He’s currently starting opposite of Robert Ayers.
Finally, second-round pick Landon Collins is listed as the starting free safety.
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