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.
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)
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)
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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)
Analysis: The only thing that changes this is injury.
Offensive Line (9)
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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)
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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.
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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.
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Analysis: The last two spots, Thomas and Frederick, could easily be different this September. That is what it looks like right now, however.
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)
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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.