New York Giants: Reviewing Notable Roster Moves on Cutdown Day

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 31, 2012

August 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants player Marcus Thomas (61) during training camp at the Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
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The New York Giants didn't make any surprise moves on roster cutdown day, but a pair of important players were lost for the season. Here's a look at the notable moves from Friday, starting with the loss two important defenders.


Terrell Thomas and Shaun Rogers to the Injured Reserve

Pressure's on Prince Amukamara to get back into the lineup and perform, because this ensures that Thomas won't be available yet again this season. With Rogers down and Marcus Thomas and Dwayne Hendricks gone (more on that in a moment). Michael Coe and Justin Tryon make the squad to provide depth, but Coe might have to start Wednesday against Dallas.


Defensive Tackles Marcus Thomas and Dwayne Hendricks Get Cut

Thomas was only signed a couple weeks ago, but he was earning lots of reps in practices and games and brought some veteran experience to a defensive line that has been decimated by injuries. Yet that wasn't enough. 

With the relatively experienced Kendricks also out, the Giants are indicating that they believe Marvin Austin can step up. But the former second-round pick has struggled with injuries his entire career, so depth is an issue here.

Beyond Thomas and Hendricks, the only healthy defensive tackles on the roster were Linval Joseph, Rocky Bernard and rookie seventh-round pick Markus Kuhn, who is likely to make the cut now with Chris Canty on the PUP list.

This also probably means we're going to see Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the field together quite a lot.


Greg Jones and Jake Muasau Out at Linebacker

Neither cut is a big surprise, but Jones was on the bubble after showing glimpses as a rookie last year. It probably means Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger are safe, although we won't know for sure until later on.


DJ Ware Out at Running Back

Ware looked good in the opening preseason game against Jacksonville but then faded the rest of the way while Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott stepped up. Those two might both make the team behind Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson, although nothing's guaranteed yet. 

I think the Giants finally came to grips with the idea that Ware had hit a ceiling. This is his sixth season in the league. Time had run out.


David Douglas Out at Wide Receiver

The undrafted rookie out of Arizona put on a show early in camp but wasn't much of a factor in the preseason. It didn't help his cause that Rueben Randle and Ramses Barden both stepped up and Hakeem Nicks' foot appears to be OK.

Dan DePalma and Isaiah Stanback were also released, which means the Giants will go with six receivers. Had they gone with seven, Douglas would've made the team. We'll see if they try to sign him to the practice squad this weekend.