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Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Giants roster

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Here’s a look at the Giants roster, position by position, and some of the moves made today to cut it down to 53. There’s always the possibility that the Giants aren’t done making some minor moves from here on.

OFFENSE

QB:

Eli Manning, Sage Rosenfels.

WHAT'S THE 411: The Giants traded for Rosenfels and released Rhett Bomar. If Bomar clears waivers, he could be a candidate for the practice squad. Tom Coughlin spoke highly of the second-year quarterback in the last several days. The emergency QB could be S Antrel Rolle.

RB:

Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, D.J. Ware, Darius Reynaud.

WHAT'S THE 411: The trade for Reynaud likely forced the Giants to release Andre Brown and Gartrell Johnson. Brown likely will be a practice squad guy if he clears waivers. He is out for two weeks with a turf toe injury. Had he been healthy, he likely would have made the roster. Johnson could also be a practice squad candidate as well. But Ware was impressive, rushing for 60 yards against the Patriots in the preseason finale and will be the third running back.

FB:

Madison Hedgecock.

WHAT'S THE 411: The Giants released their other FB Jerome Johnson.

WR:

Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz, Duke Calhoun.

WHAT'S THE 411: It’s no surprise Cruz stuck after being a preseason star. It is a mild upset that Calhoun made it and Derek Hagan was released. Hagan is a very dependable receiver who had value on special teams. But Calhoun has bigger upside as evidenced by his 60-yard catch-and-run touchdown against the Patriots.

TE:

Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum.

WHAT'S THE 411: It is interesting that the Giants kept only two tight ends and cut Bear Pascoe, who allowed the Giants to actually have a healthy tight end in practice earlier in camp when four tight ends were injured. Beckum hasn’t been able to stay healthy all preseason but is expected to be back next week from a neck injury. The Giants also released Scott Chandler.

OL:

David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, Kareem McKenzie, Will Beatty, Adam Koets, Shawn Andrews, Mitch Petrus.


WHAT'S THE 411: The most notable offensive line casualty today was Guy Whimper, who saw quite a bit of action at guard this preseason with injuries to Snee and Seubert. But the addition of Andrews makes Whimper expendable. Andrews looked great against New England and could eventually play his way into the starting lineup as the season progresses.

DEFENSE

DL:

Justin Tuck, Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, Mathias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora, Rocky Bernard, Dave Tollefson, Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph.


WHAT'S THE 411: One of the biggest moves of the day was cutting Jay Alford. The defensive tackle was looking great prior to injuring his ACL last preseason and missing the entire year. He was coming off the ACL injury this preseason but Bernard’s play in the last week or so and the arrival of second-round pick Joseph forced the Giants to make a tough decision.

There was speculation Tollefson may be dealt but his versatility helps considering he has played defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker in practice.

LB:

Michael Boley, Jonathan Goff, Keith Bulluck, Clint Sintim, Bryan Kehl, Chase Blackburn, Phillip Dillard, Gerris Wilkinson.


WHAT'S THE 411: This group, which still has a lot to prove, will likely consist of a starting trio of Boley, Goff and Bulluck, who appears to be the starter at outside linebacker over Sintim judging by the last two preseason games and how the two were used. Goff’s strong performance against the Patriots on Thursday was big.

CB:

Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Aaron Ross, Bruce Johnson, D.J. Johnson.


WHAT'S THE 411: Ross’ status is the biggest concern at the moment. He has plantar fasciitis in his right foot and hopes to be available in the season opener against Carolina.

S:

Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Kenny Phillips, Michael Johnson.


WHAT'S THE 411: All we need to know about the safeties is Phillips’ progression and whether he is ready to start against Carolina in the season opener.

ST:

K Lawrence Tynes, P Matt Dodge, LS Zak DeOssie.


WHAT'S THE 411: Dodge looked better in the fourth preseason game. Of course, if a veteran punter is available, the Giants could always take a look.