New York Giants: 6 Players Fighting for Their Football Lives This Offseason

Steven GoldsteinContributor IJuly 16, 2012

New York Giants: 6 Players Fighting for Their Football Lives This Offseason

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    The episodic, unpredictable nature of the NFL career lends itself to a frenzied training camp. As summer rides through the sporting world, a colorful amalgamation of players will compete for a last-minute roster spot and an extension on their football lives.

    The New York Giants will eventually cut down to a 53-man roster in September, but for now, their doors are wide open. With careers dangling on a proverbial precipice, everyone from undrafted free agents and unproven youngsters to decorated veterans and rehabbing hopefuls will duke it out this preseason.

    Check out a list of prospective Giants vying for a roster spot and another chance in the NFL.

Andre Brown, RB

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    Brown has only notched two career carries, and has faced a bevy of injuries and roster cuts in his brief three years of pro ball. Despite escaping a league-imposed suspension, Brown is running out of chances in the NFL.

    With running backs Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Da'Rel Scott and D.J. Ware slated ahead of him on New York's depth chart, Brown will need to put in a standout summer. He's bulked up to 240 pounds, but if he can't find a job with Big Blue, he could be out of work for a while.

Travis Beckum, TE

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    Beckum played a pivotal role in the Giants' offense, but after sustaining an ACL tear in Super Bowl XLVI, his days in the Big Apple might be numbered.

    New York is stacked with serviceable tight ends, already boasting Bear Pascoe, newcomer Martellus Bennett and rookie Adrien Robinson. If the Giants elect to roll with three TEs come Week 1, Beckum is likely the odd man out.

    At just 25 years old, Beckum would eventually find himself with another shot on another NFL roster. But with a serious surgery under his belt and a disrupted training progression, a roster cut would drastically re-sculpt his career.

    Beckum will need a productive training camp and a speedy recovery to keep himself on track in New York. 

Jim Cordle, C

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    An undrafted free agent from Ohio State, Cordle spent time last year as the team's emergency center behind oft-injured David Baas. He's no longer eligible for the practice squad, after appearing in nine games.

    Cordle should find a spot on the 53-man roster, but if he can't, he stumbles into NFL purgatory.

    Without practice squad eligibility and minimal pro experience, it would be hard for Cordle to find another team to play for. Like Beckum and Andrew Brown, he's young. But the average length of an NFL career is a paltry 3.3 years.

Shaun Rogers, DT

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    A three-time Pro Bowler with over 500 career tackles and 35 sacks, Rogers has slowed down considerably since his fruitful days in Detroit.

    The Giants have stockpiled talent along their defensive line, and the interior is currently jammed by incumbent tackles Chris Canty and Linvall Joseph. Marvin Austin and Rocky Bernard are in place as backups.

    Rogers needs to make noise this summer, otherwise he'll have to pack his bags and find work elsewhere. At 33 years old, the Giants are Rogers' third team in the past three years. With no true upside and dwindling durability, they may be his last as well.

Bruce Johnson, CB

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    There's not much room in the secondary for fifth-year pro Bruce Johnson, but after missing all of 2011 with a ruptured Achilles, he'll desperately need to fight for a job. Johnson has tallied two career interceptions.

    The University of Miami alum missed time in 2010 as well, and his questionable health could force him out of football if he can't land a gig with the G-Men.

Janzen Jackson, FS

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    Janzen Jackson had colossal upside as an All-SEC safety at Tennessee, but after the Vols dismissed him for substance abuse, his career has plunged to lowly levels.

    Jackson is still young and possesses undeniable talent, but the NFL is a fickle job market where windows of opportunity close in a flash. If he can't make the cut in New York, who knows where he would end up next? He already slid through April's Draft without finding a suitor.

    Still, if Jackson gets back on track and puts in a big summer, he could wind up being a valuable member of New York's system.