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The New York Giants have released their first unofficial depth chart ahead of their opening regular-season game in Dallas.

It’s now less than a week until the New York Giants travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys for their Week 1 matchup. Who will edge out the other in this NFC East showdown in order to get off to a good start? How will the Giants fare without Golden Tate in the first of his four-game suspension? Will Ezekiel Elliott even play?

So many questions to answer. So much excitement leading up to this game. In the meantime, however, the Giants have released their first unofficial regular-season depth chart, courtesy of Dan Schneier of CBS Sports.

Offense

STARTER BACKUP DEPTH DEPTH
QB Eli Manning Daniel Jones Alex Tanney
RB Saquon Barkley Wayne Gallman Paul Perkins Eli Penny
LWR Sterling Shepard Darius Slayton Cody Core
RWR Cody Latimer Russell Shepard
SWR Bennie Fowler Golden Tate (SUS)
TE Evan Engram Rhett Ellison Garrett Dickerson Eric Tomlinson
LT Nate Solder Chad Slade
LG Will Hernandez
C Jon Halapio Spencer Pulley
RG Kevin Zeitler Nick Gates
RT Mike Remmers Eric Smith

Defense

STARTER BACKUP DEPTH
DE B.J. Hill RJ McIntosh
NT Dalvin Tomlinson
DE Dexter Lawrence Olsen Pierre
OLB Markus Golden Kareem Martin
ILB Alec Ogletree Nate Stupar David Mayo
ILB Tae Davis Ryan Connelly
OLB Lorenzo Carter Oshane Ximines
LCB Janoris Jenkins Grant Haley Sam Beal (IR)
RCB Deandre Baker Antonio Hamilton Corey Ballentine
SCB Grant Haley Antonio Hamilton
FS Antoine Bethea Sean Chandler Julian Love
SS Jabrill Peppers Michael Thomas

Special teams

STARTER BACKUP
K Aldrick Rosas
P Riley Dixon
LS Zak DeOssie
KR Cody Latimer Corey Ballentine
PR Jabrill Peppers Darius Slayton

 

Pretty standard, no real surprises here from what’s been known with this team as of late. However, I did do a double-take on Antonio Hamilton taking the spot above Corey Ballentine for the backup right cornerback position. I thought Ballentine had a great summer and progressed through both training camp and the preseason.

I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on Markus Golden’s role as the starting outside linebacker opposite of Lorenzo Carter. It’s definitely possible Golden and Kareem Martin will switch in and out of that role as the season progresses. However, Golden is the more talented option for that spot right now, at least with what the team sees.

For one, I am excited to see what Jabrill Peppers will be able to do at the punt returner spot.

Big Blue kicks off against the Cowboys this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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