The dust has settled in the week since the NFL draft. The New York Giants added six players at six different positions in the first six rounds. Chances are that all six will be on the Week 1 roster, barring injury.
Their spots are all but secured. The Giants just invested capital in those six players, beginning with tight end Evan Engram out of Ole Miss. He’s going to be a part of the offense as a pass-catching weapon and threat down the middle of the field. Second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson has a chance to start at defensive tackle and fourth-round pick Wayne Gallman should be part of the running-back mix.
They’re all part of the Giants’ plan for the present and future. And their presence naturally creates a trickle-down effect. It puts pressure on several players that were already on the roster.
These six in particular should now be looking over their shoulders:
TE Will Tye -- He was the Giants’ starting tight end most of last year and isn’t known for his blocking. His playing time will almost certainly be reduced with Engram in the picture. The two have similar skill sets, except Engram is expected to bring better run-after-the-catch ability. Tye averaged just 4.1 yards after the catch (YAC) last season and will once again have to fight for playing time this season. It’s nothing new. He made the Giants as a tryout player and worked his way up the depth chart. Tye wasn’t even the starter when last season began. That honor belonged to current free agent Larry Donnell.
QB Geno Smith -- The former Jets quarterback is still rehabbing a knee injury. When he is able to get on the field he will be battling Josh Johnson for a roster spot now that third-round pick Davis Webb is in the picture. Webb is the Giants' potential quarterback of the future. Smith and Johnson will be in a full-blown quarterback competition for the Giants’ backup spot this summer, with Webb likely entrenched as the third QB. That’s a tough spot for Smith learning a new offense with a new team while coming back from a major injury. The Giants guaranteed him only $300,000 when they signed him this offseason, so they can get out of the deal without any major financial implications.
DE Owa Odighizuwa -- It’s make-or-break time for the third-year defensive end who now has plenty of competition at his position. Odighizuwa was already passed on the depth chart last season by undrafted free agent Romeo Okwara and now has fifth-round selection Avery Moss added to the mix. The Giants also re-signed restricted free agent Kerry Wynn this offseason. Odighizuwa, who said earlier this offseason he needed a break from football, will have to show something this spring and summer to solidify a roster spot. He’s still looking for his first career sack after being a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
RB Orleans Darkwa -- The Giants’ selection of Gallman in the fourth round could directly affect Darkwa. They have similar skill sets and coach Ben McAdoo mentioned Gallman’s potential as a core special-teamer. That’s the role that Darkwa currently fills. He’s a hard runner who can make yards between the tackles and contributes on special teams. He can also catch the ball reasonably well out of the backfield when necessary. Gallman does much of the same, but the Giants are now invested in the Clemson product with a mid-round draft pick.
DT Jay Bromley -- The selection of Tomlinson speaks volumes. The Giants didn’t see Bromley as a full-time replacement for starting defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who signed recently as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. They view Bromley more as a rotational player with some pass-rush ability. Defensive tackle Robert Thomas is similar. Bromley and Thomas will have to earn their roster spots this spring and summer.
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