Who says the practice squad isn't important? After all, this is the NFL, where getting injured is more common than scoring a touchdown.
This preseason, the New York Giants have shown they have plenty of players worthy of a roster spot. But unfortunately, only 53 will survive the final cut, meaning a handful of guys will be designated to the practice squad.
The Giants' 2011 practice squad was made up of six players, while the rest of the NFL kept an average of eight.
Going off of what I've seen and heard this preseason, here is my prediction for the Giants' practice squad.
Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn was drafted by the G-Men to begin his career on the practice squad, as the 26-year-old German is still learning the game of football.
For a while during camp, it looked as though Kuhn may had a shot at making the team. But even with injuries to Chris Canty and Shaun Rogers, that doesn't appear to be the case.
Under the guidance of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, there's no doubt in my mind that Kuhn will come along as a player, but it's not going to be on the Giants' final roster this season.
Andre Brown has looked good this preseason, but with Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, D.J. Ware and Da'Rel Scott on the roster, Brown's chances of surviving the final cut are pretty bleak.
Some would argue that Brown deserves a spot over Scott, but I think Scott has more talent and explosiveness, characteristics the Giants need.
The 25-year-old Brown spent last season on the Giants' practice squad. He's going to spend 2012 there as well.
Ryan Perrilloux is no stranger to the Giants' practice squad. That's where he spent the 2011 season, and that's where he's going to spend this one.
The Giants only carried two quarterbacks last year—Eli Manning and David Carr—and there's no reason to think that they won't do the same thing in 2012.
Although Perrilloux has been impressive this preseason, the Giants don't have a need for his services on this final roster.
Let's face it. The Giants have too many talented solid wide receivers for David Douglas to make the squad.
Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Ramses Barden, Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan are going to be the wide-outs for the G-Men, with Douglas being designated to the practice squad.
One thing that Douglas does have going for him is his ability in the kick return game, which is why I don't think the Giants will cut him.
I was impressed by Adewale Ojomo in the first two preseason games, as you can see here in my preseason rookie report cards, which is why I think he'll avoid being cut and make it onto the practice squad.
Ojomo has three sacks in three preseason games, including two of Tim Tebow, who's no easy task to bring down.
With defensive ends Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyoira and Adrian Tracy (despite injury) securely on the final roster, Ojomo will have to wait his turn.
Spencer Paysinger made some noise for the Giants in 2011 as one of four rookies to take the field at linebacker. But the addition of Keith Rivers and emergence of Mark Herzlich will send Paysinger to the practice squad.
Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn and Mathias Kiwanuka appear to be the Giants' starting LB corps, with Jacquian Williams, Rivers and Herzlich serving as backups.
Paysinger has proved to the G-Men that he can be a valuable asset, which is why I think they will keep him on the practice squad. Knowing the Giants' history of injuries, don't be surprised to see Paysinger on Sunday this season.
The Giants are a little banged up at cornerback, with Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley all battling injuries. But I still don't think Justin Tryon will make the 53-man roster.
Corey Webster is the clear-cut No. 1 cornerback, while Michael Coe and Bruce Johnson seem ready to pick up the slack.
Maybe Tryon will begin the season on the roster because of the injuries to Thomas and Amukamara, but once they return from injury, I think Tryon spends the rest of his season on the practice squad.
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