New York Giants: Predicting the Final 5 Players to Make the Roster

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2012

New York Giants: Predicting the Final 5 Players to Make the Roster

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    On Wednesday night, the New York Giants finished out their preseason schedule by defeating the New England Patriots 6-3.

    There was nothing to get excited over in this win other than the fact that in seven days, real football will begin.

    There was no Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez or Wes Welker playing against them like they did six months ago, but the Giants were victorious in the game.

    On Friday, Tom Coughlin and his coaches have to trim down the roster from the current 75 to the final 53-man roster that will open up the season on September 5.

    Of the 53 people that will have the honor of wearing the Giants blue in 2012, here is a prediction of the final five players that will make the roster this season when Friday's cut day takes place.

Ramses Barden

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    Of the wide receivers, I had Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle, Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan safe.

    Ramses Barden was on the bubble heading into the entire preseason and after the final two games against the Chicago Bears and Patriots, Barden's spot is safe.

    Against the Patriots, Barden led all receivers with four catches for 31 yards.

    Against the Bears just five days ago, Barden had three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.

    The fourth-year receiver is finally starting to look like he can be depended on and I think he can be a major asset for Eli Manning in the red-zone offense.

Da'rel Scott

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    Of the running backs, Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson and D.J. Ware were safe.

    That left Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott to battle it out for the fourth spot and potentially, a spot on special teams.

    Against the Bears, Scott made a nice play blocking a punt attempt by Ryan Quigley, which the Giants recovered deep in Bears territory and set up a touchdown that put the Giants ahead 17-7 at halftime.

    Both of their preseasons rushing wise were decent; however, in the finale against the Patriots, Brown fumbled the ball twice.

    Despite rushing for 55 yards, those two fumbles will loom huge in Tom Coughlin's eyes and might have cost Brown a spot on the team.

    I think Scott ends up winning a final spot and gets used primarily on special teams during the season.

Bruce Johnson

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    The cornerback situation for the Giants is a little fuzzy entering the regular season.

    Terrell Thomas is recovering from a knee injury, Prince Amukamara has a high ankle sprain that he suffered five days ago, and Jayron Hosley hasn't played due to injury since the Jets game almost two-and-a-half weeks ago.

    That bumps both Michael Coe and Justin Tryon up to potentially starting and allows Bruce Johnson to keep his job when Friday's cuts come.

    Johnson wasn't spectacular in the preseason, but because the Giants are a little short-handed in the secondary, he gets to keep his job and his role has increased for the game on September 5 against the Cowboys.

    Honestly, though, I wouldn't be surprised to see Giants GM Jerry Reese looking around the free-agent wire to see if any decent defensive backs are available if Johnson struggles.

Greg Jones

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    Of the linebackers, Michael Boley, Keith Rivers, Chase Blackburn, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams and Mathias Kiwanuka were all safe.

    That left Greg Jones and Spencer Paysinger on the bubble to make the team.

    Both players add depth to the linebackers and both played a lot during the preseason.

    Against the Patriots on Wednesday night, Jones blitzed the Patriots offensive line going untouched and sacked New England quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was starting for Tom Brady in the preseason finale.

    Brady wasn't hurt, Bill Belichick just didn't want to risk having his first team on the field in a meaningless game.

    I know the Giants like the effort Paysinger has given them in the preseason and he may end up getting a spot after all, especially on special teams.

    However, I think the Giants were impressed with what Jones did and earned himself a spot as a backup on the roster.

Adewale Ojomo

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    When Dave Tollefson left via free agency to the Oakland Raiders, it opened up a spot on the defensive line.

    Adrian Tracy had a chance to make the team and started out strong, but injuries derailed him this preseason.

    Adewale Ojomo, however, made the most of his chances by recording four sacks and one forced fumble.

    The undrafted rookie out of the University of Miami really impressed a lot of people with the Giants and given what he did in the month of August, may have filled the void left by Tollefson.

    It's even fitting that he is wearing Tollefson's old number, 71, this summer. Come September 5, Ojomo will likely be wearing 71 the rest of the season.