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Thanks to the @Giants for the opportunity. #GBNB
— Tyler Sash (@TSash) August 31, 2013
This is the sort of thing players tweet when they learn their opportunity with the team is at an end. And if that's the case for Sash, it's a surprise because of the Giants' current lack of depth at safety. Starting Stevie Brown is out for the season with a torn ACL in his knee, leaving Ryan Mundy to start opposite Antrel Rolle and unproven fifth-round rookie Cooper Taylor as the only backup. Will Hill will eventually join the group, but he's serving a four-game drug suspension to start the season.
If Sash is indeed cut, that indicates to me that the Giants are impressed with the strides Taylor has made in recent weeks, that they're comfortable playing cornerback Terrell Thomas at safety in a pinch, that they may go out on the market and get a veteran safety (sure, Kenny Phillips is possible and makes some sense, but he's hurt and there are and will be other names out there), and that they feel they can hold it together for the first month without Hill.
Sash also suffered a concussion in Thursday's preseason finale, and with all of the players who are on the bubble, health-wise, for the early part of the season (Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul, Henry Hynoski, David Baas, etc.), it's possible the chance of not having Sash available to start the season played a part. Cold business, this NFL.
Various reports Saturday morning indicate that the Giants also have released offensive linemen Matt McCants and Stephen Goodin, defensive end Matt Broha, safety David Caldwell and wide receiver Ramses Barden, none of which is a surprise. Barden is a 2009 third-rounder who got every chance in the world and never panned out.
That's seven of the 22 cuts the Giants needed to make by 6 p.m. today. Obviously, more to come.
We may have our first surprise New York Giants cut of the day. At 11:17 am ET, safety Tyler Sash posted the following on his Twitter account:Thanks to the @Giants for the opportunity.