The New York Giants have done a stellar job this offseason, acquiring some top-tier talent to help further develop Daniel Jones. Additionally, the Giants’ defense played surprisingly well last year, and with the addition of Azeez Ojulari, New York’s defense could be dangerous in 2021.
After having a rather solid draft, the Giants front office went and signed just three undrafted free agents to the roster. A pretty small number in comparison to most teams, but it shows that Joe Judge and the front office believe their roster is nearly set. Either way, the three UDFAs that joined the team this offseason are Brett Heggie, Raymond Johnson, and Jake Burton. Heggie and Burton both play on the offensive line, while Johnson is a defensive lineman.
It’ll be difficult for any of these three to make the final roster, as according to Ourlads, the Giants currently have 14 offensive linemen and 10 defensive linemen. That’s a lot of competition for the three UDFA’s brought onto the team, but each will hold their own to earn a spot on the roster.
However, one seems to stand out from the other two, as he has a decent chance to make the team due to opportunity. The Giants know they have to win in the trenches, which is why all three UDFAs play in that area. Here is the one UDFA who has the best chances to make the Giants’ final roster.
New York Giants defensive lineman Raymond Johnson
Coming out of Georgia Southern, Raymond Johnson comes into New York looking to earn a spot amongst the Giants’ defensive line. He spent four years in college playing at defensive end and ended up having the best year of his collegiate career in 2020. He totaled 35 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. He served as a solid run-stopping defensive end for the Georgia Southern Eagles, and also racked up 15 sacks in his four years on the team.
For that reason, his best chance to make the roster is likely at the defensive tackle position. Leonard Williams holds the starting spot down as he’s one of the league’s best at the position. BJ Hill serves as the backup and he’s done well enough to likely keep that role for another year. However, Hill’s contract ends after this year, making him a free agent in 2022.
It might be wise to keep Raymond Johnson on the team to see if he has what it takes to be a potential replacement for Hill if the front office elects to not re-sign him. Considering Hill has done well when his number is called, there is reason to believe he searches for a new team next year to earn more playing time. A perfect storm has been created for Johnson, as the Giants could look at him to be their main backup defensive tackle in 2022.
With that said, don’t expect to see Johnson on the field all that much unless the Giants get hit with an injury bug. He’s in a great position to at least make the final roster and could serve as a vital depth piece for this team.