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The Giants have excellent depth at the defensive end position with four players—Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore—all locks to make the team.
Since they will likely carry only five defensive ends, that leaves just one spot to fight over for Justin Trattou, Adrian Tracy and Adewale Ojomo among those with NFL-caliber talent.
Matt Broha is the other player in consideration. His performance, however, has fallen off considerably this preseason after a strong 2012 preseason that saw him get three-and-a-half sacks. He hasn’t taken the signal-caller down once in three preseason games this year and only has one quarterback hit along with one quarterback hurry despite playing a robust 83 snaps.
Besides Broha, Trattou will be a casualty of New York’s deep stable of edge defensive linemen.
Trattou has actually played well in game action this preseason with two sacks. The coaching staff will be fine in parting ways with him, though, because he is a one-dimensional player. He has good speed off the edge, but that is about it.
Trattou is not particularly strong at only 255 pounds and lacks refined pass-rush skills. His speed alone allows him to be successful against lesser talent in the preseason, but he’ll struggle with his limited repertoire against starters in regular season games.
Trattou is a tougher cut than Scott because he has actually had a good preseason. It’s hard to tell a player who has performed well that it just wasn’t good enough to make the team.
Trattou was an undrafted free agent in 2011, though, so he carried no expectations in his two seasons with Big Blue. To be blunt, but truthful, the organization isn’t surprised this day has come for a player who barely made it into the NFL in the first place.