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Sunday, September 14, 2008
New York at St. Louis: Giants DNA profile

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

The defending Super Bowl champion Giants feature only four current and former Pro Bowl players on their 53-man roster now that Jeremy Shockey has left, Michael Strahan has retired and Osi Umenyiora and David Tyree have landed on injured reserve.

What does it mean for the Giants? Not much, so far. The team proved its mettle last season by shrugging off Shockey's injury to win a Super Bowl. Now, the Giants, heavy favorites to defeat the Rams in St. Louis today, are looking for their 11th consecutive road victory.

I went through my roided-out Giants roster to make sure jersey numbers, heights and weights matched the latest information. But the fun resides in checking out some of the breakdowns.

We see 25 players drafted by the Giants, including 23 drafted under coach Tom Coughlin and one apiece under coaches Jim Fassel (David Diehl) and Dan Reeves (Amani Toomer). We see a team heavy on players from the ACC and Pac-10. Plus a look at every player who has spent time on the Giants' roster for the last year-plus. And lots, lots more.