The Giants decided to cut some fan favorites on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to the mandatory 53 players. Some cuts were difficult for head coach Tom Coughlin, but cap issues also had a hand in some of the moves.
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Among those cut include wide receivers?James Jones and?Corey Washington,?linebacker?Jameel McClain, safety?Jeromy Miles, fullback?Henry Hynoski and cornerback?Chykie Brown.
The Giants will only have to cut 20 players this Saturday to get down to the mandatory 53 since OL Eric Herman and CB Jayron Hosley will go on the suspended list.
A rule of thumb in the NFL is never cut anyone you don't have to. By Week 5, the Giants may need one or both of these players back. You never know.
There are some tennis players that cannot volley their way out of a paper bag, yet paired with another player go on to become a doubles champion.
That apparently is situation the Giants are in these days. They have a lot of productive and useful players but no one that can be considered the best at what they do.
S Ryan Mundy - The Giants brought Mundy in last year on a one-year deal in hopes that he could bring some physicality to their secondary. Depending on who you ask, Mundy did just that. He's not starting material, but he's certainly good enough to add back to the roster as depth. He had 77 total tackles with a sack and an INT. I can see him back in camp this summer on another veteran minimum (or close to it) deal - especially if Will Hill is in jeopardy of missing time again.
S Stevie Brown - The lost season due to the torn knee ligaments will hurt his market value. So will his public statements that he wishes to return to the Giants. Depending on how his physical and workouts go, the Giants will look to bring Brown back at a reasonable rate.
When it comes down to predicting the Giants' final roster every year, there are several pervading themes one must keep in mind.
First, GM Jerry Reese coddles his draft picks. Second, the players kept have to possess the ability to play more than one position (in most cases).
The Giants announced their final roster tonight and naturally, there were some surprises.
Curtis Painter supplanted David Carr as the team's primary backup at QB and the team chose to go with only three safeties to start the season. Preseason stars Kyle Bosworth and Charles James were both released, with James a heavy favorite to return as a member of the practice squad.
The Giants have a slew of questions to be answered this summer, and many of them will rely on health: JPP, Chris Snee, Henry Hynoski etc. Then there are smaller issues that we've been asked the past few weeks. Here are a few...
The Giants will carry three QBs on their roster this season. That's a fact. Eli Manning has started the team's last 146 games (incl. playoffs) and the Giants may feel their luck could be running thin with him. Let's not dwell on that, however. They traded up to draft Ryan Nassib, so he's a lock to make the team. The Giants can't afford to have him as the primary backup as a rookie, so David Carr will also be on the roster for now. He knows the offense, knows his place and has the temperament to show Nassib the ropes.
According to SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News, the Giants have room for only six UDFAs on their current roster. If they are to sign the seven players that claim they have signed contracts with them, one other player must be released for the team to adhere to the 90-player limit.
Some of the following players may not make their respective teams, and there will be more player movement between now and the beginning of the season, but here are the number of 30 year olds, by team (via ESPN?s team rosters). Ages as of September 8, 2013 (Sunday of Week 1). The NFL average is 8.2Giants players over 30:?Shaun Rogers, Josh Brown, David Carr, David Diehl, Cullen Jenkins, Eli Manning, David Baas, Chris Snee, Corey Webster, Mathias Kiwanuka, Antrel Rolle, Aaron Ross, Justin Tuck, Steve Weatherford, Kevin Boothe, Mike Patterson
Practice squads can be formed beginning Saturday at noon after the waiver period closes. Teams may sign any available player - not just players dropped form their rosters - as long as they are eligible (see below). Of the 75 players the Giants have on their roster, we see 22 eligible names.
All rookies are eligible for the practice squad. RB David Wilson, WR Rueben Randle and CB Jayron Mosely are assured roster spots, so forget them. DT Markus Kuhn, OT Matt McCants, TE Adrien Robinson, DE Matt Broha, OL Stephen Goodin, DE Adewale Ojomo, WR David Douglas, DB Laron Scott, LB Jake Muasau, DE Craig Marshall and TE Larry Donnell are all bubble players eligible for practice squad duty.
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DT Chris Canty and TE Travis Beckum were placed on the regular-season PUP list. Neither is healthy enough to return at this juncture. These moves ensure that both will be out of action until the last week of October.
Fourth-round draft pick OL Brandon Mosley (ankle) was placed on season-ending IR. Good move. Mosley has the ability to develop into a solid pro but was not progressing quickly enough to help the OL this year, so this move will benefit him - and the Giants - for next season.
Quarterbacks (2) - The Giants have been keeping only two quarterbacks on the active roster of late, and this year should be no different. Since November of 2004, Eli Manning has started 119 consecutive regular season games for the Giants. He has also started all 11 of the team's postseason games since then. With this type of streak of durability, only one backup - veteran David Carr - will be kept. Ryan Perrilloux has improved greatly, but there is only so much room on the roster. They will probably re-sign him to the practice squad.
They only have to reduce their roster to 85 today, which wasn't difficult for the Blue given the choices.
WR Duke Calhoun was waived/injured. WR Ramses Barden and OL Adam Koets were moved from active PUP to inactive or Reserve/PUP. DT Marvin Austin, who underwent a procedure today to repair his torn pec, was placed on IR.