Friday, August 31, 2012
New York Giants cut-down analysis
By Dan Graziano
Click here for the complete list of New York Giants' roster moves.
Most significant move: The Giants announced they have placed cornerback Terrell Thomas on injured reserve, and not the new, temporary kind. Thomas will miss his second consecutive season due to his inability to make a full recovery from last summer's knee surgery. It's an incredibly disappointing result for Thomas, who had hoped to be ready for the regular-season opener but suffered a setback in his recovery early in camp and now can hope to return to the field no sooner than 2013. He is not eligible to return after eight weeks per the new IR rule, because he is not a member of the 53-man roster that was submitted Friday night. The same is true of defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who started camp strong but was shut down with a blood clot in his leg. He's also on full-season injured reserve. ... Defensive end Adewale Ojomo and safety Will Hill, both serious long shots entering camp, made the roster.
Onward and upward: Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com suggested early Friday that the Cowboys could have interest in wide receiver David Douglas if the Giants were to cut him. They did, and he looked to be a speedy and useful special-teams performer when he was on the field in preseason. He should draw interest, be it in Dallas or elsewhere. ... D.J. Ware is a running back with some NFL experience who theoretically could draw interest from another team in need of running back help. He lost his spot to Andre Brown, who had a better camp, and Da'Rel Scott, who's too important on special teams to cut.
What's next: Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who's out with a back injury, made the roster but could be a candidate for that short-term IR designation. ... The Giants were said Friday to be looking for offensive line help. Even though left tackle Will Beatty now could be ready to play in Wednesday's season opener, they remain thin at tackle and on the line in general.