In just over 24 hours, the New York Giants have to release 22 good men. That's 42 percent of the roster and about one player per hour. Based on what's happened thus far in organized team activities, training camp and the preseason, here's who we see making the final cut.
Quarterback (2): Eli Manning, David Carr
Sorry, Ryan Perrilloux, but there's no point in keeping three quarterbacks considering how rarely Eli Manning needs relief.
Running Back (3): Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Da'Rel Scott
Scott can contribute on special teams more effectively then DJ Ware and Andre Brown, at least one of whom will wind up on the practice squad.
Fullback (1): Henry Hynoski
The second-year back is unchallenged.
Wide Receiver (6): Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan
The Giants don't like giving up on draft picks too early, and the jury's still out on Jernigan, who can still contribute as a return man, too. I think they'll keep six until they're sure Nicks and Hixon can hold up health-wise.
Tight End (3): Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson
Bennett and Pascoe will get a lot of work throughout the year, while Robinson will sit as a project.
Offensive Tackle (4): Will Beatty, David Diehl, Sean Locklear, James Brewer
I still feel as though Locklear and Brewer can be solid starters, so as shaky as Beatty and Diehl are, they do have some decent depth here. I'm sending rookie sixth-round pick Matt McCants to the practice squad.
Guard (3): Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe, Mitch Petrus
Rookie Brandon Mosley is on injured reserve with an ankle injury, which assures Petrus a roster spot. He might even get some significant snaps with Boothe far from guaranteed to deliver.
Center (2): David Baas, Jim Cordle
Cordle can play both center and guard, which gets him an edge over McCants.
Defensive End: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Adewale Ojomo, Adrian Tracy
I think they'll play to their strengths, which is why I'm giving them 10 defensive linemen. If they end up keeping only nine as expected, Tracy will be cast aside. Ojomo made the team this preseason. (There's also a chance they keep Greg Jones instead of Tracy, but I'd prefer Tracy.)
Defensive Tackle: Linval Joseph, Rocky Bernard, Marcus Thomas, Marvin Austin, Dwayne Hendricks
Chris Canty frees up a roster spot from the physically unable to perform list. With the injuries up front, they need Thomas' experience. Expect to see a lot of Joseph, Bernard and Thomas early. They should put rookie seventh-round pick Markus Kuhn on the practice squad.
Outside Linebacker (5): Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, Keith Rivers, Jaicquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger
The Greg Jones era comes to an end, and Jake Muasau makes his way to the practice squad. They'll be counting on Rivers and Williams to cover the injured Boley early on. Paysinger has had a nice preseason and can contribute on special teams.
Middle Linebacker (2): Chase Blackburn, Mark Herzlich
Expect to see Rivers work over if need be, too. The Giants are very deep at linebacker.
Cornerback (6): Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Michael Coe, Bruce Johnson, Jayron Hosley, Terrell Thomas
Thomas isn't eligible for the PUP, so I think they'll save a spot for him. With Hosley and Amukamara also hurt right now, the Giants have no choice but to keep both Coe and Johnson. I'm going with Johnson over Justin Tryon, but neither would surprise me.
Safety (3): Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, Will Hill, Tyler Sash (suspended for first four games)
When Sash returns from suspension they'll have to cut a cornerback. In the meantime, they'll be shorthanded at this position.
Punter/Kicker/Long Snapper (3): Steve Weatherford/Lawrence Tynes/Zak DeOssie
This trio's been set in stone for some time.
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