Biggest surprise: Did anyone see Andre Brown's release coming? Tom Coughlin had raved about the progress of the second-year running back, but apparently returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon in last year's training camp was too much. He looked really quick early in training camp, but then he got banged up and missed some valuable time in the preseason. Still, I thought the Giants would hold a spot for him. They may have a difficult time getting him to the practice squad because of his pedigree coming out of North Carolina State. I guess we shouldn't have been surprised by Rhett Bomar's release with the arrival of Sage Rosenfels. It will be difficult to get Bomar through to the practice squad.
And the release of wide receiver Derek Hagan is mildly surprising. He'd been outstanding on special teams, but reports from training camp indicated that he'd grown tired of that label and wasn't as enthusiastic in his approach. That will get you beat with Coughlin.
No-brainers: Some of the defensive backs on the list simply didn't make enough plays in the preseason. When Sha'reff Rashad was given the chance to cover Santonio Holmes, it was something close to a disaster. I saw flashes from him at times in camp but he didn't take it to the field. And you can't be surprised to see fullback Jerome Johnson released with the presence of Madison Hedgecock on the roster. Quarterback Dominic Randolph was only around because of the Eli Manning injury.
What's next: You had better get these young receivers -- Duke Calhoun and Victor Cruz -- ready for immediate action on special teams. The Giants made some tough decisions to go light in other areas because Calhoun and Cruz showed up big time in the preseason games. Now, they must reward Coughlin for his trust. At one point, the Giants liked Guy Whimper as a backup guard. But I guess they thought he was a progress-stopper now. The Giants kept all of their healthy draft picks and it will be interesting to see how much of an impact they have.