OL Brandon Mosley
OL Eric Herman
TE Will Tye
WR Derrick Johnson
P Robert Malone
WR Juron Criner
RB Akeem Hunt
OL Michael Bamiro
DE Jordan Stanton
S Justin Halley
DT Jimmy Staten
OL Will Beatty (pec) was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. He can return after the sixth game of the regular season. DBs Bennett Jackson (knee) and Josh Gordy (hip) were placed on injured reserve and are done for the year.
Surprises? Not really, except for Akeem Hunt, who showed some zip on special teams and late in games. He is dealing with a hamstring and was also buried on the depth chart. He could be a practice squad guy.
Mosley and Herman had ample chances to prove their value and let's face it, they just aren't worth keeping around anymore. The team been upgrading the line via high draft picks and free agency the past few years.
There just isn't enough room for Will Tye. The Giants have Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells as their No. 1 and 2 TEs and Jerome Cunningham has been killing it this preseason. Also factor in the Giants' reluctance to cut bait on superbust Adrien Robinson.
The release of Malone means Steve Weaherford's job is safe for now. It got close there for awhile, though.
Nothing out of this world in the Giants' first round of cuts, which actually brought the roster down to 74 instead of the NFL-mandated 75.
Aside from the release of Malone, which cemented Weatherford's job for another year, the cuts left more battles for us to monitor over the final week of the preseason.
The release of Tye signaled the ongoing battle between Cunningham and Robinson. Only cutting Criner means upwards of three more wide receivers need to go, with about five or six receivers vying for those spots.
On the offensive line, the release of two former draft picks helped narrow down the competition at those positions, but apparently the Giants want to see a little more in the fourth preseason game against New England.
Defensively, there are a lot of defensive backs and defensive linemen that remained with the team, perhaps due to injuries at those positions. There's a good likelihood many of the survivors at those two positions in particular won't be around in the next round of cuts that'll narrow the team down to 53.