- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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A position-by-position look at the New York Giants' 53-man roster, which of course is likely to change tonight, tomorrow or at some point in the next few days as the team looks over the waiver wire:
Determined to keep Nassib as a developmental prospect, the Giants go with three quarterbacks for the first time in six years. Painter won a training-camp competition over incumbent backup David Carr. He's also six years younger and about $400,000 cheaper, which may have played into it.
Little bit surprising that they only took four halfbacks (Hynoski's a fullback), considering Brown looks to be out four to six weeks with a fractured leg. Cox could steal kick-return duties from Wilson, who was one of the best kick returners in the league last year. This is a spot at which the Giants could add someone this week.
Another spot where you could conceivably see them look to add, especially if Cruz' heel bruise keeps his status for Sunday's opener in question. But part of the reason they only kept five here is...
One reason they may have kept four is that Pascoe is the fill-in fullback while Hynoski heals from his knee injury. But Donnell had a good camp, and the Giants do like to reward that.
No surprises, though they'll be thin in the early going due to injuries to Baas and Diehl. They could put Diehl on injured reserve/designated to return and add a lineman from the practice squad or elsewhere, but not until Tuesday and not if they use that designation on Andre Brown, which is also possible.
Trattou seemed like a surprise over guys like Adrian Tracy and Adewale Ojomo, but coach Tom Coughlin said he won the spot due in part to superior special-teams play. Patterson's strong camp won him a job over 2011 second-round pick Marvin Austin, who got cut. Moore's shoulder injury is worth watching as the team plans to use him as part of the defensive end rotation and they don't like to be thin there.
Mild surprise they cut Kyle Bosworth and went with just five, but as we've discussed many times here, the Giants simply don't care about this position.
Six cornerbacks and only three safeties here, which makes you think they'll still look to add at safety. If not, Thomas says he could play it in a pinch. Thomas is the best story on the roster, making the team after missing the last two years due to two reconstructive knee surgeries.
Never in doubt.
Final word: Having 26 on offense and 24 on defense gives the roster an unfinished feel. Most teams like to split it 25/25 if they can. There's some juggling to be done at the positions noted above, and some of that juggling could be going on as we speak. But the Giants may also wait to base some decisions on who is and is not able to practice this week.