New York Giants 53-man roster projection -- Ed's version

Tyler Sash doesn't make the cut in this roster projection - Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Ed tries his hand at a 53-man roster projection -- which will probably not be close to what happens a few months from now.

Jesse took a stab recently at predicting a 53-man roster for the New York Giants, That is virtually impossible to do before the team has even held rookie mini-camp, but for the sake of conversation I thought I would toss out my own version of a 53-man roster.

Before training camp begins I will have what I hope will be a more accurate, realistic prediction. If the Giants had to play a game this Sunday, however, here is what I think the roster might look like.

Quarterback (3)

Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Nassib

Analysis: Unless Nassib absolutely wows during the preseason I find it highly unlikely that the Giants dump Carr. A year from now, sure, but not for the 2013 season.

Running Back (5)

David Wilson, Andre Brown, Da'rel Scott, Ryan Torain, Henry Hynoski

Analysis: Jesse predicted the Giants would go with only three running backs, plus Hynoski. I see that as a huge risk. Also, the Giants love to have depth and seventh-round pick Michael Cox could most likely pass through waivers and make it to the practice squad. That is whyI don't have him on the final roster.

Wide Receiver (5)

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

Analysis: The Giants have carried six in the past and might again this year, but right now I have no idea who the sixth would be. Plus, whoever it is, he's likely to be inactive on game days most of the time, anyway.

Tight End (3)

Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson

Analysis: The only thing that changes this is injury.

Offensive Line (9)

Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe, David Baas, Chris Snee, Justin Pugh, James Brewer, David Diehl, Brandon Mosley, Eric Herman

Analysis: If the Giants want to carry eight and add a linebacker or extra wide receiver Herman would be a practice squad probability.

Defensive Line (9)

Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Johnathan Hankins, Marvin Austin, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Damontre Moore, Mathias Kiwanuka

Analysis: This one is extremely difficult. This prediction leaves youngsters Markus Kuhn, Adrian Tracy and Adewale Ojomo off the roster, as well as veteran Shaun Rogers. I just don't think the Giants give up on Austin quite yet. This is probably the most competitive position entering training camp.

Linebacker (5)

Keith Rivers, Dan Connor, Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich

Analysis: Five doesn't seem like enough, but if the Giants still plan to let Kiwanuka play at least some linebacker, and if they will utilize the three-safety look a significant portion of the time they just don't need a lot of linebackers.

Cornerback (6)

Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster, Jayron Hosley, Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, Terrence Frederick

Analysis: The last two spots, Thomas and Frederick, could easily be different this September. That is what it looks like right now, however.

Safety (5)

Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Will Hill, Cooper Taylor, Ryan Mundy

Analysis: The notable absence here is Tyler Sash. I just don't see Sash ever becoming a real part of the defense, so I opt here for Taylor and Mundy.

Special Teams (3)

Kicker -- Josh Brown; Punter -- Steve Weatherford; Long Snapper -- Zak DeOssie.

Analysis: I would love to find a spot for Alonzo Tweedy, the undrafted free agent brought in for his collegiate work as a special teams coverage player. I just can't figure out how. Unless he takes Mundy's spot.

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