A lot of the focus this summer will fall upon the formation of the 53-man roster, finalized at the conclusion of training camp. Several of those who end up cut wind up in an immediate opportunity with the team in the form of contributing as a member of the practice squad.
The New York Giants, and the NFL's other 31 teams, are allowed no more than eight practice squad designations, which fluctuate tremendously throughout the season. The players signed to the Giants' practice squad might not all be players who spent their summer with Big Blue either—other squad's castoffs are fair game.
Here's a great primer on practice squad rules and regulations.
This article, however, will focus on the eight candidates currently on the Giants roster whose chances to land on the practice squad are highest. They are ranked in order from most to least likely to make it. The first few are sure to warrant active-roster consideration, while the last couple are long shots to even make the practice squad.
These players, if selected for the practice squad, will train and develop beside New York's starters and most valuable reserves, earning NFL experience without ever stepping foot on the game field in 2014. They will have a year to focus on nothing more than their progression as professionals.
Read on to learn more about the leading candidates for this special roster distinction.