First Wave of Cuts Rolls Through
The Giants cut/waived/made injury designations for former hopefuls, trimming the roster from 90 men down to 75.
Notable among the casualties were Xavier Grimble, an undrafted tight end who tried to follow in the footsteps of Mark Bavaro; Charles James, a spark plug of a cornerback; and safety Cooper Taylor (foot) and receiver Marcus Harris (hip), both of whom landed on injured reserve.
The rest of the list reads like this, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: K Brandon McManus, LB Spencer Adkins, S Kyle Sebetic, CB Ross Weaver, TE Jerome Cunningham, DE Emmanuel Dieke, LB Justin Anderson, WR Travis Harvey, G John Sullen, S C.J. Barnett and DT Everett Dawkins.
None of the cuts is surprising. The only one that may raise an eyebrow is McManus, who was in a heated kicking battle with 35-year-old veteran Josh Brown. Both kickers were solid throughout the preseason, affording New York the luxury of choosing the more experienced leg.
Beckham Still Seated
This is getting old, I know, but the tendons in Odell Beckham Jr.'s thigh keep making headlines.
Last week, Howie Kussoy of the New York Post suggested that Beckham's hamstring saga had reached "a near-farce level." Things have only gotten worse on that front, as Beckham has since been ruled out for the Giants' preseason finale versus the Patriots, per Dan Graziano of ESPN.
Beckham's absence is indirectly causing the Giants offense to stall out. While 10 other men should be able to function without a rookie wide receiver, Beckham was the 12th overall pick and probably the skill position player around whom New York most wanted to build the new offense.
Who knows what the unit would look like with a healthy Beckham? We only know how terrible it looks without him.
Inspiring a bit of hope is NJ.com's Jordan Raanan, who recalled Keenan Allen's rookie season with the San Diego Chargers last year. After a very slow start to the season, Allen caught fire and hauled in 71 receptions for 1,046 yards.
That's a tough act for Beckham to follow.
Looks Like Tight End by Committee
It was the race that had no winner.
The Giants' 2014 tight end competition was one of the most pathetic position battles to take place in recent memory. Although it's not technically over, it appeared as if the team conceded defeat early when Tom Coughlin announced a tight end by committee, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
Larry Donnell has been the No. 1 pass-catcher this summer, but his skills are lacking as a blocker. Veterans Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis are steady contenders but offer little dynamism as receivers. Adrien Robinson, a 2012 fourth-round selection, has been an all-around disappointment.
Although compiling a plethora of skills into a committee sounds appealing for this particularly weak unit, not having a do-it-all tight end could be the team's offensive downfall. Subbing the tight end in specific circumstances will only tip the defense off to what's coming next.
Quote of the Week
Antrel Rolle wrote about his freshly cut teammate, Charles James II, in an Instagram post: "...But this one hurts! Charles James has the heart of a lion and is exactly what any organization should have on their team. Eight interceptions in OTAs and training camp I think speaks for itself. The best training camp among cornerbacks in my eyes, but today he was released..."