Predicting New York Giants' 1st Wave of Roster Cuts
When the New York Giants slash their roster down to 75 from 90, which players will be cut?
It's only the first round of cuts. After 15 men are slashed, 22 more go to form the final 53-man roster. To make it beyond the first wave is a major step toward actualizing the dream of making an NFL football star.
After Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game versus the Buffalo Bills, the Giants' roster and depth chart grew a bit clearer. Many players listed in this article either did not play in the game or did not record a statistic.
The players predicted to be cut in this article are broken into five categories: "Sure to Be Cut," "Likely to Be Cut," "Probably Will be Cut," "Might Be Cut" and "On the Bubble."
Read on to see which Giants fall in each category.
Sure to Be Cut
The following players are sure to be goners when the Giants make their first round of cuts:
CB Chandler Fenner
Chandler Fenner was signed on August 1, after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks—to make room for the newly signed Terrell Thomas, a former Giant. Fenner replaced Travis Howard on the roster and now holds the spot previously held by Howard at the bottom of New York's cornerback depth chart.
This game of musical chairs will not last long, as Fenner, who did not appear in a single game during his two seasons with the Seahawks, will be released during the first wave of cuts.
OT Adam Gress
Adam Gress will be the first of many offensive linemen to get the ax. Signed August 1, after Troy Kropog (foot) was moved to IR, Gress is way behind the curve. He went undrafted out of Penn State earlier this spring, and the Giants are the first team to take a shot on him. His NFL career may be incredibly short-lived; he is the only player on the roster who is not listed on the depth chart.
WR Travis Harvey
Travis Harvey has minimal NFL experience, and his college career at Florida A&M was not what you'd call prolific (818 receiving yards in two seasons). Last summer, he was cut from the Tennessee Titans during training camp. He faces a similar fate in 2014, as he currently sits at the bottom of New York's wide receiver depth chart. Harvey caught one pass for nine yards in the Hall of Fame Game.
Likely to Be Cut
The following players have a slim chance of making it past the first round of cuts:
OT Rogers Gaines
Rogers Gaines has bounced around the NFL over the past year, and chances are he'll keep bouncing. Already a former member of both the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears, Gaines will soon become a former member of the Giants. The 25-year-old tackle is the only offensive lineman not listed as first-, second- or third-team talent on the depth chart.
CB Ross Weaver
Ross Weaver spent some time on the team's practice squad in 2013 and was asked to return for this summer. Since 2010, Weaver has been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and even the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Listed at the bottom of the depth chart at cornerback, Weaver will have overstayed his welcome in New York if he somehow makes it beyond the first wave of cuts.
Weaver made one tackle in the Hall of Fame Game.
S Kyle Sebetic
Kyle Sebetic was an outstanding college player at Dayton, but that productivity is unlikely to carry over into the NFL. Billed as a tweener with characteristics of both a cornerback and a safety, Sebetic likely lacks the skill to thrive at either position as a professional.
The undrafted rookie is dead last on the team's depth chart at free safety.
Probably Will Be Cut
It's a safe bet to assume these players will go in the first round of cuts:
G John Sullen
John Sullen was added to the roster after players had already reported to training camp and is now listed as the team's third-string right guard. Signed in light of Chris Snee's recent retirement, Sullen is an Auburn product with tremendous size (6'6", 340 lbs). However, unless a rash of injuries propels him up the depth chart, the 23-year-old's camp is likely to end the same way it did last summer with the Cincinnati Bengals—with him being cut.
LB Terrell Manning
Manning—no, not that Manning—joined the Giants after several other teams found no use for him. Originally drafted out of North Carolina State by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (2012; 163 overall), Terrell Manning spent last season on the San Diego Chargers practice squad and this past spring in Minnesota Vikings minicamp.
The Giants would be lucky to find a use for a linebacker who has recorded only three career tackles.
OT Jamaal Johnson-Webb
The Giants claimed Jamaal Johnson-Webb off waivers in May, after the Buffalo Bills parted ways with him. Johnson-Webb couldn't catch on with the Arizona Cardinals, the team that originally signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2013. His practice-squad tour of the league included stops in Chicago, Minnesota and, finally, Buffalo.
He is currently listed as the team's third-string left guard.
Might Be Cut
The following players have a significant chance of being cut when the Giants trim down to 70 men:
DE Emmanuel Dieke
If the Giants field the next Adewale Ojomo this year, Emmanuel Dieke is unlikely to be the second-coming. The undrafted rookie has a narrow build (6'6", 257 lbs) and was not productive, even as a starter, at Georgia Tech (five sacks through three seasons).
The 23-year-old is the last right defensive end listed on the depth chart, buried beneath blindside rushers Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore and Kendrick Adams.
DT Everett Dawkins
Everett Dawkins was a seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 (No. 229 overall) but was signed off the Vikings practice squad by the Dallas Cowboys. Dawkins did not register a single tackle in his one game played as a Cowboy.
Now, he's the very last defensive tackle listed on the depth chart and could be released among the first 15 cuts New York makes this summer.
CB Jayron Hosley
Already suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for a substance-abuse violation, Jayron Hosley had an awful outing versus the Bills. He was picked on by the likes of Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis, and Buffalo's only touchdown of the game was completed to Robert Woods behind him in the end zone. The former Hokie has been a letdown since he was drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft .
On the Bubble
These players are in danger of being cut during the first wave:
TE Kellen Davis
The Giants didn't draft a tight end, and the only one they signed in free agency (other than undrafted rookie Xavier Grimble) was Kellen Davis, a former Chicago Bear and Seattle Seahawk. So far, Daniel Fells has been the more impressive veteran in camp, although he did sustain a knee sprain on Sunday night, per Rotoworld.
With little to offer outside of his blocking ability, Davis might be taking a walk even before Adrien Robinson, the only tight end listed after Davis on the depth chart.
WR Trindon Holliday
Trindon Holliday's hamstring injury must have him worried. In his absence, receivers like Marcus Harris (four catches, 49 yards) and Corey Washington (one catch, 73 yards, touchdown) starred versus the Bills on Sunday night. Already dangerously undersized (5'5", 166 lbs), Holliday, despite his expertise as a return threat, won't win a roster spot watching from the sideline, especially if the younger receivers continue to shine.
Holliday and Mario Manningham, both 28, are the oldest receivers on New York's roster.
RB Michael Cox
Michael Cox was the last running back inserted into the Hall of Fame Game. Mostly, he was running for his life behind the line of scrimmage (nine carries, three yards). New York's run-blocking was not great to begin with, and it only got worse as the game wore on.
Even with the team's running back picture unclear due to David Wilson's reinjured neck, Cox will have trouble proving worthy of a roster spot from his last-place position on the backfield depth chart.
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