New York Giants Roster Analysis: Thoughts On The 53

Here are some of my thoughts on the 53-man roster the New York Giants announced Friday night. The roster, remember, could be affected Saturday by waiver claims.

Offense (25)
QB (2): Eli Manning, David Carr

Back to the practice squad, probably, for Ryan Perrilloux

RB (4): Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson, Da'Rel Scott, Andre Brown

When camp started I thought D.J. Ware might be in trouble. Then I changed my mind. Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott just performed too well, and it seems the Giants decided they had already seen the best of what Ware could give.

FB (1): Henry Hynoski

WR (6): Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle, Jerrell Jernigan

The Giants decided to part ways with impressive undrafted free agent David Douglas. I really should have seen that coming. The Giants don't part with draft picks (Barden, Jernigan) lightly, and coach Tom Coughlin loves Hixon. The Giants would seemingly like to get Douglas to the practice squad, but indications are that is not likely to happen. There appears to be a good amount of interest in Douglas from other NFL teams.

TE (3): Bear Pascoe, Martellus Bennett, Adrien Robinson

OL (9): David Diehl, Chris Snee, David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Will Beatty, Sean Locklear, Jim Cordle, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer

If I were Petrus and Cordle I would not be incredibly comfortable this morning. There was speculation from ESPN's Adam Schefter Friday that the Giants were trying to trade for offensive line help. If there is a veteran offensive lineman on the waiver wire Jerry Reese and Co. like don't be surprised if Cordle or Petrus are replaced.

Defense (25)
DE (5): Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Adrian Tracy, Adewale Ojomo

Ojomo simply forced his way onto the roster. Tracy also deserved a roster spot, though it is a little surprising that the Giants kept five defensive ends. This is an example of the Giants sticking with their history of keeping players they believe in, like Tracy and Ojomo, even if it unbalances their roster a bit.

DT (4): Linval Joseph, Rocky Bernard, Markus Kuhn, Marvin Austin

Considering that Austin is still a question mark with his back I was a little surprised here that the Giants did not keep either Dwayne Hendricks or Marcus Thomas. There is still some thought that Austin could get the short-term IR designation, which might open the door for the return of Hendricks.

LB (7): Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich, Jacquian Williams

When camp began I couldn't figure out how Paysinger made the roster. He made it by leading the team in tackles during the preseason and outplaying Greg Jones by a wide margin. Coughlin called letting Jones go "a very difficult decision to make."

CB (5): Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Jayron Hosley, Michael Coe, Justin Tryon

The Giants decided not to give Terrell Thomas the short-term IR designation, meaning his ACL injury will cost him a second straight full season. That might have been the biggest surprise of all when it came to formulating the roster, but the Giants medical information must indicate that Thomas is unlikely to be able to contribute this season. A NAME TO WATCH: The Philadelphia Eagles cut veteran slot cornerback Joselio Hanson on Friday. The Giants had interest in him a year ago, and could well have interest again.

S (4): Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips, Will Hill, Stevie Brown

Brown made the team because Tyler Sash is serving a four-game suspension for unapproved use of Adderall, on the league's banned substance list. Also because keeping only three safeties would have been risky.

Specialists (3)
K: Lawrence Tynes
P: Steve Weatherford
S: Zak DeOssie

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