Roster analysis: Giants place Thomas on IR

August, 31, 2012
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The New York Giants placed cornerback Terrell Thomas and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on the injured reserve as the defending champions reduced their roster to 53 on Friday.

Thomas re-aggravated his twice-repaired right ACL early in training camp but the cornerback will apparently need more time to recover. Head coach Tom Coughlin thought there might be a “ray of hope” that Rogers could play again this season after discovering a blood clot after the preseason opener. Both veterans will not be able to play again this season.

The Giants trimmed their roster to 53 by also parting ways with veteran running back D.J. Ware, linebacker Greg Jones and wide receiver and fan favorite David Douglas. Cornerback Bruce Johnson (shoulder) was waived/injured and the team also placed safety Tyler Sash on the suspended/reserve list for the next four games after violating the NFL’s policy for performance enhancing substances.

Terrell Thomas
AP Photo/Kathy WillensTerrell Thomas
The Giants had several tough cuts to make and decided to keep impressive youngsters like defensive ends Adewale Ojomo and Adrian Tracy and safety Will Hill on their active roster.

The Giants’ cuts included defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, wide receiver Dan DePalma, cornerback Dante Hughes, wide receiver Isaiah Stanback, tight end Larry Donnell, defensive end Craig Marshall, linebacker Jake Muasau, defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks, offensive lineman Matt McCants, defensive end Matt Broha, quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, cornerback Laron Scott, offensive lineman Stephen Goodin, offensive lineman Chris White and offensive lineman Selvish Capers.

The Giants can designate an injured player as an injured reserve player that can come off IR after eight weeks on Tuesday. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin (back) is not being considered for that option from what I hear right now. And some of the players cut today may return to the practice squad.

Here’s a look at the 53-man active roster:

QUARTERBACK (2)

Eli Manning, David Carr.

Analysis: Ryan Perrilloux to the practice squad again?

RUNNING BACK (5)

Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, FB Henry Hynoski, Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott.

Analysis: Brown and Scott beat out Ware but Giants have to find somebody as the third-down back to protect Manning. How fast can Wilson earn the coaching staff’s trust?

"There was good competition at that running back spot," Tom Coughlin said. "Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott have both earned the right and they've both proven that they can be special teams contributors as well, which is what we were looking for."

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan.

Analysis: Giants kept last year’s third-round pick Jernigan. If Douglas clears waivers, he could be a practice squad candidate.

TIGHT END (3)

Bear Pascoe, Martellus Bennett, Adrien Robinson (Travis Beckum is on PUP).

Analysis: Giants could very well keep two tight ends active on game days with Pascoe and Bennett. Robinson still growing.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

LT Will Beatty, G Kevin Boothe, C David Baas, RG Chris Snee, RT David Diehl, T Sean Locklear, T James Brewer, G Mitch Petrus, C Jim Cordle.

Analysis: ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that there were rumblings of the Giants looking to potentially trade for an offensive lineman. Perhaps they could still look to add a body in the next few days. But Coughlin hopes to see Beatty’s back hold up in practice this weekend.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

DE Justin Tuck, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Osi Umenyiora, DT Linval Joseph, DT Rocky Bernard, DT Marvin Austin, DE Adrian Tracy, DE Adewale Ojomo, DT Markus Kuhn (DT Chris Canty is on PUP).

Analysis: I’m a little surprised that Thomas was cut but Kuhn certainly earned a spot. Ultimately, the Giants wanted to keep Tracy and Ojomo and I think it is a good thing they were able to keep both. A healthy Austin will help.

LINEBACKERS (7)

OLB Mathias Kiwanuka, MLB Chase Blackburn, OLB Michael Boley, OLB Keith Rivers, OLB Jacquian Williams, MLB Mark Herzlich, OLB Spencer Paysinger.

Analysis: Jones loses the battle in the crowded linebackers unit. Coughlin made it clear this was not an easy decision.

"There were a lot of numbers issues (at different positions) and you can't keep everybody," Coughlin said. "You don't like to let a guy go that has played and contributed and done the things that Greg has done. However, the unfortunate part about it is you only have so many spots."

DEFENSIVE BACKS (9)

CB Corey Webster, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Jayron Hosley, S Antrel Rolle, S Kenny Phillips, S Will Hill, CB Michael Coe, CB Justin Tryon, S Steve Brown (S Tyler Sash is on the suspended/reserve list for the first four games).

Analysis: The Thomas move is the big one here. The Giants will need Amukamara to step up when his high ankle sprain heals. In the meantime, Coe and Tryon have to be solid while Hosley progresses. Hill makes the active roster after an impressive preseason. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell likes Brown, who gives the team a veteran safety. But when Sash returns from suspension, the Giants will have a decision to make.

SPECIAL TEAMS (3)

K Lawrence Tynes, P Steve Weatherford, LS Zak DeOssie.

Tell us what you think of the 53-man roster and the Giants' moves below.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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