Bill Kostroun/Associated Press
The Giants must purge their offensive line, and James Brewer will be one blocker to hit the road. A fourth-round pick in 2011, Brewer never amounted to the player New York expected he'd become when they drafted him. A back injury has kept him out of action recently, and it will probably keep him off the 53-man roster, too.
Herman was a developmental pick (seventh-round, 2013) that spent last season on the practice squad. He received x-rays on his leg after the preseason finale versus the Patriots, but he has time to recover. Herman was suspended the first four games of the season, so he will move to the reserve/suspended list when the Giants make their cuts.
Johnson-Webb is your everyday camp body. Now that training camp and the preseason have concluded, so will his career as a Giant. Getting cut is nothing new for Johnson-Webb. Before his time with the Giants, he was signed and released by the Cardinals, Vikings, Bears and Bills. The crazy part is that he has been with all those teams in less than two years. Johnson-Webb gets around.
Asper has gotten some looks as a jumbo tight end/extra offensive tackle with the first team, but that won't be enough to earn him a roster spot. Asper can swing from guard to tackle, too. Perhaps that versatility will save his job with the Giants, but I wouldn't count on it. He joined the team just as camp opened at the end of July.
Gress did not get a ton of playing time this preseason and approximately none of it was against quality talent. He didn't join the team until Troy Kropog landed on injured reserve, after training camp had already opened. Gress and the rest of the linemen listed on this slide will hit the road.
Gaines has actually been very good this preseason. He's buried near the bottom of the Giants' depth chart, but every time he has gotten into a game this preseason he has blocked with extraordinary efficiency. Ultimately, it's a numbers game, and Gaines must go simply because the Giants do not have enough roster spots to retain him.