July 27, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Alex Bachman (81) practices a drill during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Giants have a big decision to make at wide receiver as the preseason draws to a close. The Giants starters are locked in their respective positions on the depth chart. However, there is serious summer competition that has been building since the start of training camp. Many backup wide receivers are vying for spots on the roster, and all are making their case.
Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson are all locks to make the Giants roster. Additionally, Sterling Shepard should be considered despite his current status on the PUP list. But behind this group are Collin Johnson, David Sills V, Alex Bachman, Richie James Jr., CJ Board and Keelan Doss. Not all of these roster contenders will earn a spot, but selecting which players to eliminate won’t be an easy decision for Joe Schoen, Brian Daboll and the New York Giants.
Which receivers will be on the New York Giants regular season roster?
Alex Bachman was the star of the show in the Giants’ Week 2 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals. But will his heroic performance be enough to secure a place on the roster? Bachman had 11 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winning score). He also made a key tackle on special teams. But as a third-team wide receiver, it could be tough for Alex Bachman to rise through the ranks and make the roster come September.
New head coach Brian Daboll recently shed some light on his opinions regarding the state of the wide receiver battle. As fans debate whether or not Collin Johnson and David Sills should make the final roster, Daboll seems to be debating how much playing time each receiver will get in the regular season, indicating, “Collin Johnson, David Sills, they’ve stepped up their game. I mean they’re right in the mix. Not just to form a team, but to play.
Richie James Jr. is another player who turned heads this summer. Richie put in some amazing plays in training and also put in a solid performance on his pre-season debut against New England. The wide receiver had three receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown on a deadly road against the Patriots:
These four players could all legitimately be part of the roster this season. The Giants have been struggling with injuries at wide receiver, so it would be wise to carry a few more players to the position in the regular season. Additionally, Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka are known for spreading offenses, which will require a greater reliance on wide receiver position, which will make depth all the more important.
Then again, the likes of CJ Board and Keelan Doss could also get into the mix. There are only a limited number of wide receivers the Giants can give roster spots to this season. Tough decisions will have to be made, but it’s a good deal for the New York Giants.