NY Giants Get Down to 53: Cuts Include Super Bowl XLII Hero David Tyree

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer ISeptember 5, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Wide receiver David Tyree #85 of the New York Giants reacts after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree's greatest game as Giants’" onclick="return(Jiglu.overlayOpen(this))">a Giant turned out to be his last.

The 29-year-old former Pro Bowler was released by the Giants today as they cut their roster down to the mandatory 53 players. Tyree will always be remembered for his legendary catch in the Super Bowl and his tenacious special teams play.

It is being reported that there are multiple teams seeking Tyree's services, even though he hasn't played much this summer due to a sore hamstring. Tyree spent all of 2008 season on injured reserve with a knee injury.

The team shed themselves of a total of 20 players today. One of the 20 players waived was surprisingly reported to be TE Michael Matthews.

Matthews had been considered a lock to make the roster as the third TE behind Kevin Boss and rookie Travis Beckum. Instead, the Giants kept Darcy Johnson, who has more upside as a receiver.

The Giants sensing Mathews was too good to cut, decided to trade him instead - to New England for a conditional draft pick.

The other players waived were: QBs Andre’ Woodson and Rhett Bomar, DE Maurice Evans, CB DeAndre Wright, OL Cliff Louis, LB Kenny Ingram, DT Jeremy Clark, S Travonti Johnson, S Sha'reff Rashad, DE Robert Henderson, DT Orrin Thompson, S Vince Anderson, DT Anthony Bryant, WR Shaun Bodiford, DL Tommie Hill, RB Allen Patrick, OL Terrance Pennington, and FB Dwayne Wright.

Some of the players that were waived could get re-signed to the practice squad, providing they clear waivers.

For the first time, the Giants have cut players drafted by GM Jerry Reese. Interestingly enough, all eight players he selected in the 2007 draft are still on the roster. Five of the seven he drafted in 2008 are still here as well.

The final three selections in this draft (Rhett Bomar, DeAndre Wright, and Stoney Woodson) were all cut, but that doesn't mean Reese didn't have any "finds."

The Giants will start the season with six rookies rookies on their roster: WRs Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden; LB Clint Sintim, TE Travis Beckum, OT Will Beatty, and undrafted free agent CB Bruce Johnson.