New York Giants Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 26, 2013

New York Giants Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

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    In less than a week, the New York Giants had to fire 30-plus people. It's not an easy time of the year for unproven NFL players, as every NFL active roster has to shrink from 90 to 53 before the sun begins to set on Saturday.

    Keep coming back here to follow the Giants' moves and to vent your frustration in the comments section.

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    The Giants began trimming the roster in dramatic fashion with a Saturday evening deadline looming. Here's a look at the moves they made when all was said and done, according to the New York Daily News:

    • Ramses Barden, WR
    • Tyler Sash, S 
    • Matt Broha, DE
    • Stephen Goodin, OL
    • David Caldwell, S
    • Matt McCants, OT
    • Charles James, CB
    • Terrence Frederick, CB
    • David Carr, QB
    • Ryan Torain, RB
    • Kevin Hardy, WR
    • Bryant Browning, OT 
    • Eric Herman, OL
    • Selvish Capers, OL (waived/injured)
    • Kyle Bosworth, LB
    • Adewale Ojomo, DE
    • Adrian Tracy, DE
    • Marvin Austin, DT
    • Julian Talley, WR
    • Marcus Harris, WR
    • Markus Kuhn, DE (PUP)
    • Will Hill, S (reserve/suspended)

    The Carr release, which came from a tweet from his wife, came as quite the surprise. They're going with Curtis Painter and rookie Ryan Nassib behind Eli Manning. 

    It's also tough to see Austin go, but there was quite the crowd among that defensive front and the former second-round pick just never established himself at this level. 

Previewing and Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Giants have cut the roster down to 53 on Saturday before adding eight players back to the practice squad on Sunday. Here's a breakdown of who's been added...

    Adewale Ojomo, DE: He's been a camp standout two years in a row and had a team-high 2.5 sacks in the preseason, so it's surprising to see Ojomo off the final roster. Still, the Giants were lucky to see him get through waivers. 

    Matt Broha, DE: He had plenty of chances to stand out during the preseason but failed to get consistent pressure on the quarterback. He's still young, though, obviously, so time on the practice squad could pay off for a guy the Giants seem to believe in.

    Stephen Goodin, OL: I didn't think Goodin performed well in the preseason. They're supporting themselves well along the offensive line, though, so Goodin hangs around.

    Eric Herman, OL: The rookie seventh-round pick was responsible for a pair of sacks during the preseason. Figured he'd land here, though.

    Marcus Harris, WR: A couple solid plays in the preseason finale probably helped his cause. 

    Julian Talley, WR: Talley really impressed me in camp but there was no space for him. He had seven catches for 98 yards during the preseason. Watch for him to earn a chance at some point soon.

    Charles James, CB: Thought they'd go with Terrence Frederick over him. James barely had an opportunities in the preseason.

    Jawanza Starling, S: He's the only member of the squad that hasn't been with the Giants. Starling spent camp with the Texans, but he could have a chance to make an impression in New York because the G-Men are so short on safeties. 

Final Depth Chart

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    QB: Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter

    RB: David Wilson, Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott, Michael Cox

    FB: Henry Hynoski, Bear Pascoe

    WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan

    TE: Brandon Myers, Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell

    OT: Will Beatty, Justin Pugh, David Diehl, James Brewer

    G: Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe, Brandon Mosley

    C: David Baas, Jim Cordle

    DE: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore, Justin Trattou

    DT: Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Shaun Rogers, Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn*

    OLB: Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams

    MLB: Dan Connor, Mark Herzlich

    CB: Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley, Aaron Ross, Trumaine McBride, Terrell Thomas

    S: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy, Cooper Taylor, Will Hill*

    K: Josh Brown

    P: Steve Weatherford

    LS: Zak DeOssie

Starters and Injury Notes

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    Starters rarely get cut. Once in a while it happens, but you're usually safe if you're starting in the preseason.

    So let's establish who is or should be on track to start Week 1 while noting which key Giants are injured as cuts loom. As long as a player isn't projected to be out long term, he's still listed in the starting area. Otherwise, it's a mystery.

    Starters

    QB: Eli Manning 

    RB: David Wilson

    FB: Henry Hynoski

    WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz

    TE: Brandon Myers

    OT: Will Beatty, Justin Pugh

    G: Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe

    C: David Baas

    DE: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck

    DT: Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins

    OLB: Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger

    MLB: Dan Connor

    CB: Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara

    S: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy

    K: Josh Brown

    P: Steve Weatherford

    Injury Notes

    Jason Pierre-Paul, back, should be back Week 1: The pass-rushing stud was removed from the physically unable to perform list Monday.

    Victor Cruz, heel, should be back Week 1: He was reportedly walking around without a boot Monday.

    Antrel Rolle, ankle, should be back Week 1: He and Corey Webster are expected to practice this week.

    David Baas, knee, questionable for Week 1: The veteran center suffered a sprained MCL on Aug. 18.

    David Diehl, thumb, out six weeks: The Giants lose a versatile veteran, which is never good. The rookie Pugh will have to step up immediately.

    Stevie Brown, knee, has been placed on injured reserve: They had high hopes for him in place of Kenny Phillips.

List of First Round of Cuts

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    The Giants cut 14 good men Saturday and Sunday of last week, getting their roster down to 75 ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

    More than 20 cuts still loomed with a preseason game against New England factoring in on Thursday night. Before we start making predictions regarding who will get axed next, here's a look at who got chopped first, per ESPNNewYork.com:

    • Aaron Curry, LB
    • Brandon Collins, WR
    • Jake Muasau, LB
    • Michael Jasper, OL
    • Etienne Sabino, LB
    • Alonzo Tweedy, DB
    • Chase Clement, TE
    • Laron Scott, DB
    • Frank Okam, DT
    • Junior Mertile, DB
    • Jamie Childers, TE
    • Austin Holtz, OL
    • Terrence Sinkfield, WR
    • Ben Guidugli, FB

    Curry is the big name, of course. He was the fourth overall pick by the Seahawks in 2009 but has been a massive bust. He failed to stand out in any way this summer and was losing reps to rookies as the preseason progressed. His career might be over, because the competition was wide open in New York.

    Collins and Muasau also had some nice moments the last couple years, but neither could distinguish themselves. Collins is also suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Depth Chart Post-75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    Here's our best guess regarding how the Giants' depth chart looked after the cut down to 75:

    QB: Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter

    RB: David Wilson, Andre Brown, Ryan Torain, Da'Rel Scott, Michael Cox

    FB: Henry Hynoski, Bear Pascoe

    WR: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Julian Talley, Kevin Hardy, Marcus Harris

    TE: Brandon Myers, Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell

    OT: Will Beatty, Justin Pugh, David Diehl, James Brewer, Selvish Capers, Bryant Browning

    G: Chris Snee, Kevin Boothe, Brandon Mosley, Matt McCants, Eric Herman

    C: David Baas, Jim Cordle, Stephen Goodin

    DE: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore, Adrian Tracy, Matt Broha, Adewale Ojomo, Justin Trattou

    DT: Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Shaun Rogers, Marvin Austin, Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn

    OLB: Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams, Kyle Bosworth

    MLB: Dan Connor, Mark Herzlich

    CB: Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley, Aaron Ross, Trumaine McBride, Terrell Thomas, Terrence Frederick, Charles James

    S: Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy, Will Hill, Tyler Sash, Cooper Taylor, David Caldwell

    K: Josh Brown

    P: Steve Weatherford

    LS: Zak DeOssie

    Obviously, plenty of defensive linemen have to go, and some might have to adapt to standing up because that linebacking corps is looking awfully thin. The offense is pretty much locked in, but injuries to Baas, Diehl and Cruz could complicate things when big decisions are made this week.

    Projected cuts

    • Curtis Painter: Nassib is locked in, and they'll stick with Carr as the backup.
    • Ramses Barden: I still think Jernigan has more upside. Barden loses the battle for the fifth spot.
    • Julian Talley: They need more experience among their backups at wide receiver. Talley could make the practice squad.
    • Kevin Hardy: See: Julian Talley.
    • Marcus Harris: See: Kevin Hardy.
    • Larry Donnell: No room on the active roster for Donnell, who was merely a camp body.
    • Da'Rel Scott: It was a disappointing summer for Scott, who is out of rope.
    • Michael Cox: I think they go with the experienced Ryan Torain and add him to the practice squad.
    • Eric Herman: The seventh-round offensive lineman is an ideal candidate for the practice squad.
    • Selvish Capers: I think they go with 2012 sixth-round pick Matt McCants over him for the final offensive line spot.
    • Stephen Goodin: He was terrible in the preseason. 
    • Bryant Browning: He's just a body behind Beatty, Pugh, Diehl and Brewer.
    • Adrian Tracy: Trattou or Ojomo (or both) will make the roster before Tracy does. They have just been better.
    • Matt Broha: He didn't create enough pressure despite getting plenty of preseason opportunities.
    • Adewale Ojomo: He's right on the bubble after a strong month. Not sure there's room for both him and Trattou. 
    • Marvin Austin: I think his time in New York has simply run out. Too many solid linemen and Austin hasn't stood out.
    • Mike Patterson: It'll be Patterson or Shaun Rogers. I just don't know if Patterson can still hold up physically. 
    • Markus Kuhn: There's no room for the 2012 seventh-round pick, especially when he's still not healthy.
    • Terrence Frederick: I think they stick with old men Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas and look to stash Frederick and maybe even Charles James on the practice squad.
    • Charles James: Frederick had a clear edge over James throughout the preseason. He's probably a goner.
    • David Caldwell: Injuries and suspensions could land him on the practice squad. It's his final year of eligibility.

Recently Cut Free Agents New York Is Rumored to Be Pursuing

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    We're already watching to see if the Giants might take another shot with Kenny Phillips, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. We'll see if there will be more names to add to that list as teams keep cutting guys throughout the week.